Glada remembers a time when rural residents didn’t have many amenities such as running water and electricity that many of us take for granted now.
“Getting electricity on the farm really changed things,” Glada said.
The availability of water and electricity she said she thought had a major impact on the way people lived especially those living in rural areas.
When Glada was 7 years old, women gained the right to vote via the 19th Amendment and more women entered the work force. Prohibition of alcohol came into effect when she was 11. At age 13, she heard about Charles Lindbergh’s solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis on May 20, 1927. The Empire State Building opened to the public when Glada was 16 and when she was 17, the Great Depression started.
Glada has experienced American life before and after Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1933 and 1934 that brought a series of economic programs to the forefront and Roosevelt’s “Second New Deal” in 1935 to 1938 that brought about Social Security and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that put caps on the maximum hours one could work and a minimum wage for workers in many fields.
She’s been a witness to 18 different U.S. Presidents running the country. In 1963, she also experienced a country mourn the loss of its President John F. Kennedy.
She’s known soldiers who have fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other conflicts.
Men have walked on the moon. DNA, penicillin, and AIDS have been discovered and Glada Sims has lived to see it all.
Those wishing to send Glada greetings can do so at 1500 N. 19th St. Apt. 119, Durant, OK, 75701.