WATCHUNG, NJ - Stewart Hutchinson celebrated his 104th Birthday surrounded by friends and family at Brandywine Living at Mountain Ridge in Watchung, where he has resided for the past nine years.
Hutchinson was born on Aug. 4, 1915 and recalls coming over on the boat from Scotland and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. He was about 10 years old and it happened to be Thanksgiving Day.
In 1915, Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchased the New York Yankees for $460,000, Ruppert paid his portion in cash; the US House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women right to vote; and the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine, 1,195 perished.
Stewart pursued an apprenticeship with his uncle as an electrician and proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Hutchinson met his late wife Ruth on a blind date and considers marrying her and raising their three children to be his greatest accomplishment. Ruth was a nurse and they traveled often, experiencing most of the U.S. and Europe. They enjoyed more than seven decades together until her passing last year.
When asked about the secret to his longevity and good health? Walking, he said. He and his wife took a long walk together every morning, he never smoked, but drank his share of Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey.
With more than a century of living, Hutchinson is not sure about the most important invention of his time, as there were so many. One of his least favorite is the wheelchair. He might still be walking if it didn’t exist, he says. Although with 104 years of mileage on his body, maybe it isn’t the worst invention ever.
His best advice for young people today? Study, learn about everything, be alert, and to make sure to take time yourself and enjoy life, too. He still enjoys watching the New York Yankees and listening to jazz music.
As far as regrets, he said he has many but none worth mentioning. “Congratulations on 104 years, Stewart and cheers to many more!” said Brandywine.
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