Palestine Preservation Projects Society moderator Rodney Bond discusses a “Century of Memories” with Harold Boyd, 100, Clara Miller, 98, and Francine Phillips, 102, at the Fife Opera House Sunday. (Randy Harrison photo)
Three hundred years of living memory was shared during a cracker barrel discussion at the Fife Opera House Sunday.
Palestine Preservation Projects Society presented "Century of Memories," in which three local centenarians discussed their memories from 100 years of life.
Participants Harold Boyd, 100, Clara Miller, 98, and Francine Phillips, 102, shared the past with moderator Rodney Boyd of the PPPS.
The talk covered topics ranging from childhood memories to changes in technology and society.
Some of the memories were bittersweet, such as Miller recalling becoming a widow shortly before the birth of her third daughter.
Others were hilarious, such as when Phillips detailed her efforts as a 5-year-old to burn down a Palestine school so she and her brother wouldn't have to attend.
The centenarians viewed technological advances favorably. Television allowed people to see events as they occurred, while the change from operator-assisted phone calls to smart phones allow people to "do anything."
On the other hand, the spread of crime and drug abuse troubled them. Still, they agreed they wouldn't turn back the clock.
Donations raised during the event will go for a new handicap-accessible entrance at the south door at the Fife.