Lillian Joelson died on December 31, 2007.
A news article from 2004 follows:
Duluth News-Tribune (MN) -
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Readability: 6-8 grade level
A very long life
Former Duluthian Lillian Joelson can brag that she's lived
through three -- count them -- three centuries.
Joelson turns 108 today.
Born in Russia on Sept. 15, 1896, she moved with her family to the United
States when she was about 13. After a few years in Michigan, the family
settled in Duluth.
For decades, Joelson ran Joelson 's Family
Store on Fourth Street near St. Mary's Hospital. Besides selling dry goods,
the store had a postal substation and dry cleaning service.
``She really was a renaissance woman before her time,'' said her nephew,
Richard Aleskow of Chicago. ``She worked and ran a business long before most
Joelson lived most of her life with her younger sister, Aida
Bindler. When Bindler died nine years ago, Joelson moved to
Now in a Chicago nursing home, Joelson was asked this week
to reveal her secret to a long life. Without hesitation, she attributed her
longevity to the fact that she never married.
Asked what invention most impacted her life, She thought for a moment and
gave that honor to the telephone, Aleskow said.
Birthday greetings can be to her at Self Help Home, 908 W. Argyle St.,
Chicago, IL 60640.
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as an ``Important Birding Area.'' The National Audubon Society has named Hawk
Ridge the first such area in Minnesota.
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main overlook at Hawk Ridge for the dedication. Also speaking will be Duluth
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Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam, said Hawk Ridge naturalist
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bird populations. The dedication will kick off activities for the annual Hawk
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