In the 1960 census more than 10,000 people were over the age of 100; more than 500 of them receiving Social Security benefits. Starting in 1956, SS district offices began visiting these centenarians and writing down their stories.
â€œBorn in the East, on frontier farms or Indian reservations in the West, in slave cabins in the South, in Europe, Asia, and Africa, these Americans lived to share a common bond in an institution that was still to be conceived and born. All of them were past 70 when our social security law was enacted and all were past 75 when the first payments were made in 1940.â€
The recorded stories of consenting individuals were compiled into 13 volumes [12 actual volumes, v. 7 was never published]. The volumes are available at the Spokane Public Library, call number: GEN 920 AMERICA. These 12 volumes were indexed by Pat Ayers and Barbara Brazington of EWGS.
Citation: America's Centenarians. Reports of interviews with Social Security beneficiaries who reached 100. [Washington, D.C.] U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Social Security Administration. 1963-
This index of the delayed birth certificates for Spokane County were abstracted by Mrs. Kelsey A. Wildman (Lorena) and Mrs. Chester Rojan (Vera) 1975-1978.
The originals of these certificates are now housed at the Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives.
The index was originally published in the EWGS Bulletin v. 12, pp. 31-36, 63-68, 121-124,167-170, 1975; v. 13, pp. 117-120, 159-168, 1976; v. 14, pp. 21-24, 83-90, 1977; and v. 15, pp 47-, 1978.