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Longtime Helper resident celebrates 100th birthday with family, friends

By TOM McCOURT
Sun Advocate reporter

Screlda Jane Clerico visits with friends and family at her 100th birthday celebration. The longtime Helper resident has two children, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Oct. 22, longtime Helper and Carbon County resident Screlda Jane Jolley Clerico celebrated her 100th birthday.

Screlda was born Oct. 22, 1905 in Marion, Idaho, to Alma Jolley and Eldora Hutchins Jolley.

One of seven children, Screlda was raised on a homestead near Duchesne.

Screlda married Albert Clerico March 15, 1925.

The couple made their home in Helper and raised two children there, Richard and Barbara.

Screlda has witnessed many changes in her lifetime.

The year Screlda was born, only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the households in America had a telephone and there were only 8,000 cars in the entire nation.

There were only 144 miles of paved roads at locations across the U.S.

The average wage was 22 cents per hour and the average American worker made between $200 and $400 dollars per year.

Almost 95 percent of all births in the nation took place at home.

There were 45 stars on the U.S. flag and sugar cost four cents per pound.

Only 30 people lived in Las Vegas, Nev.

Heroin, marijuana and morphine were all available over the counter at the local drugstore.

And there were only 230 reported murders in the entire country that year.

Screlda remembers traveling in a covered wagon and riding a horse to school.

She loves music and taught herself to play piano by ear.

She has two children, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Screlda currently lives at the Heirloom Inn in Price, where she is surrounded by friends.





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