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A special celebration marking 100 years

A long-time Fredericktown resident had a very special celebration Jan. 30.

Floyd Slaughter celebrated his 100th birthday at Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center in Farmington.

Slaughter was born Jan. 30, 1917 in Moberly, Mo. to George and Myrtle Slaughter. In 1951, he moved to Fredericktown with his wife, Mary, and daughters June (Hopkins) and Marilyn.

He worked for around 25 years as a foreman in the bottoming department at the shoe factory in Fredericktown – the part of the process where the sole of the shoe is attached to the upper portion.

Slaughter’s daughter, Marilyn McFarland, and longtime family friend and neighbor Christy Oberman were visiting with Slaughter in his room following the celebration.

The two agreed Slaughter got along with everyone he worked with at the factory.

After retiring, McFarland and Oberman said Floyd enjoyed working on small engines in his garage.

“He could fix anything,” Oberman said.

“If anybody had anything to work on, he’d fix it,” McFarland added.

“Yep, just take it to Floyd,” Oberman agreed.

McFarland said her father lived at the address on Virginia Street in Fredericktown for more than 60 years until he moved to Southbrook in 2015.

“That’s a long time,” McFarland said.

When asked how it felt to turn 100, Slaughter replied, “so far, it’s been OK.” He was released from the hospital less than an hour before his scheduled party – which was decorated in St. Louis Cardinal red, white and blue.

“He’s always enjoyed watching baseball,” McFarland said.

A family party was scheduled for the day before – but had to be canceled due to his unexpected stay in the hospital.

McFarland said her father was looking at the note board in his hospital room the day before his birthday.

“He kept looking at it and he said, ‘1917’ and I said ‘no, that says 2017’,” she said. “He then said, ‘well, I reckon tomorrow I’ll be 100.”

In addition to his two daughters, Slaughter has four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He said he didn’t feel qualified to give any advice on how to reach the century mark.

“I couldn’t give anybody advice on that,” he said. “I’d be afraid I’d steer them the wrong way.”

McFarland said she was told by a gentleman who recently met her father that his attitude was one of the best of anyone he had met.

“He has never complained,” she said. “He just says, ‘so far, so good’.”

Floyd Slaughter celebrates his 100th birthday Jan. 30. A special celebration was held at Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center in Farmington for Slaughter.

Floyd Slaughter celebrates his 100th birthday Jan. 30. A special celebration was held at Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center in Farmington for Slaughter.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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