Pearl (Lindecamp) Glass, who grew up on a farm in southern Lancaster County, will celebrate her 100th birthday today at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community where she has lived for about the past year.When asked what she thought of turning 100, she said, "It's wonderful to live to 100 if you're well. You have a lot to put up with. If you're not well, it's not good."
Glass was the oldest of five siblings, three brothers and two sisters. Her parents owned a farm where they grew wheat, potatoes and had cows, horses and pigs.
Glass said she recalls picking potatoes and tobacco-"ordinary farm things."
After graduating from Fulton Township High School when she was 16 years old, she worked at a candy factory in Lancaster, Consolidated Cigar and then a cabinet factory. She retired in 1968 from Tidy Garment Factory in Quarryville after working there for 27 years.
Glass met her husband Willis on the "main street" in Quarryville when friends introduced the two. He worked for Octorara Waterworks and died on the job just a month short of being there 50 years. They were married 40 years until he died in 1967.
Although the Glass's never had any children of their own, they had a foster daughter, Louise Ressel, who came to live with them when she was 7 years old. Her mother had died and the Glass's knew her father.
"Through all this she has been a wonderful foster daughter," said Glass.
Ressel, who is 80 and has two children and one grandchild, lives in Quarryville. She said all of her memories are fond ones of growing up with the Glass's.
Glass lived in the former Bart Township High School in Green Tree for 30 years until she fell and broke her hip and moved to Country View Manor at the Buck about 12 or 13 years ago.
Glass has a brother, Harold "Joe" Lindecamp, 76, who has lived at the retirement community for a little more than a year and a sister Katherine, 92, who lives at Country View Manor.
Glass is the oldest member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Quarryville and said she was baptized there when she was 13.
"Wesley Church has been a lovely church," she said.
When asked what she attributes her long life too, she said. "It was God's scheme, not mine." She also had a maternal grandmother who lived to be 92.
Glass will celebrate her birthday with a party at the retirement community.