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Pearl Olson

Former Nevis teacher is a centenarian

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Pearl Olson marked a century of living Tuesday.

Arriving in Nevis in 1933 - just out of St. Cloud Teachers College - she taught first grade for decades.

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A brief stint as Rosie the Riveter in California during World War II and housewifery would interrupt her role as an educator, but she was back in the classroom in 1956, retiring at 65 in 1977. "It was mandatory," she said.

"It seems like yesterday. I wouldn't know I was 100 if people didn't remind me."

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