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Celebrating Our Centenarians John Henrichs

John Henrichs

Westview at Ellisville Assisted Living & Memory Care

Ellisville, Missouri

Birthday: July 30, 1918

John Henrichs was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 30, 1918. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 at the age of 25. John served as a “mule driver” in the 10th Mountain Division and was discharged in 1945 after the surrender. Having been stationed in Europe during that time, he returned home and spent 42 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. John had four happy marriages, two children and seven grandchildren.

Q: What’s your first, most vivid memory?
Selling daily papers when I was 10 years old and being able to give half my earnings to my mother since my father died when I was seven years old.

Q: What major inventions do you most remember and why?
We had the first TV set on our block and invited the neighborhood kids — about 25 of them — to watch the screen. They all sat on a board supported by bricks.

Q: What’s your happiest or proudest moment? 

When I was captain of our high school baseball team and we won the city championship — two of our players went on to play in the major leagues. Also, that the Lord has looked after me with a happy life and provided me with four wives and kept me alive. My mother lived to be 104, and I am trying to beat that age. I have a long way to go!