Taking it one day at a time
Stephenville’s Trixie Hines turning 102 years of age on Wednesday
She took one day at a time and never let anything bother her.
That’s the explanation that Trixie Hines of Stephenville, who turns 102 years of age on Wednesday, gives when asked about the reason for her longevity.
But she recollects another big part of it is that she never drank alcohol or smoked and always worked hard in her younger years.
Born on Sandy Point near St. George’s on July 12, 1915, she was involved in most of the family chores from milking cows at 12 years of age to dragging water a good distance.
The family raised their own fowl, along with sheep and a pig.
With acres of land, they also did a lot of planting.
Her dad, Millage Messervey was a steamship agent at the bustling Sandy Point and a lighthouse keeper for many years.
Her grandfather, Captain Edwin Hirst was a deep sea captain from England who often brought goods to St. John’s and Sandy Point.
She said prior to 1903, mostly everything came in by boats. That all changed when the railway went through and goods came into the province by train.
Hines said the worst thing she had to endure in her lifetime was the flood of 1951 at Sandy Point, when their whole family of nine members had to go upstairs into one room and be without food for several days.
The two doors were left open downstairs so the water could run through and she remembers Christmas cakes and presents all floating out the door.
“There was no compensation those days,” she said, recalling having to go pick up washed away coal from their winter stock at low tide.
As a young girl she also remembers picking blueberries up at The Dribble after getting a ride by boat in the morning and having to meet it when it was returning in the evening. There was always a good stock of blueberry jam and other preserves in their root cellar.
She remembers often skating from Black Bank to St. George’s, which was a “decent” distance, but never thought much of it back then.
Trixie and her husband Frank had six children: Kenneth, Stanley, Frank Jr., Sam, Beatrice and Stewart, who died. Resettlement resulted in the family leaving Sandy Point on Aug. 9, 1963, with only a couple of families remaining at the time.
They first moved to Seal Rocks, St. George’s and lived there for 10 years, then to Barachois Brook before moving to Stephenville Manor on May 11, 1977, where she still resides.
Her husband died on Boxing Day that same year.
Hines has the distinction now of being the only person receiving “meals on wheels” in Stephenville, provided by the Knights of Columbus, and appreciates the one meal a day.
She is a lifetime member of the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Auxiliary and served as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary in St. George’s for 10 years and 30 years in Stephenville.
Hines is in excellent health and only takes one pill a day for her eyes and a seal oil capsule daily. She’s cut out most sugars but still has lots of honey, which she jokes keeps her sweet.
Hines doesn’t want to hear tell of moving into a seniors home and is content where she is, as people treat her well there.
Trixie Hines of Stephenville, who is turning 102 years of age tomorrow, poses for a photo.