During her recent 100th birthday celebration, Charlotte (Pasco) Rumble Wood shared sentiments and memories with family members including grandson Larry DeLoria (left), granddaughter Joni Rumble Elifritz (rear) and daughter Cindy Lamb.
A woman born in horse-and-buggy days — before Prohibition no less — shared memories with her friends recently about growing up in northern Warren County.
Charlotte (Pasco) Rumble Wood is observing her 100th birthday on Friday April 19, and her family and friends held a party Saturday April 13 at Echo Lake Lodge to celebrate the occasion.
Charlotte was born in a home that still stands on High St. near Mountain Road in Thurman. Sometime during her early childhood, she moved to South Johnsburg, where she attended a rural one-room schoolhouse, Charlotte recalled at her party.
“You had to run to the spring to get the water,” she said. “And there were two outhouses, one for the boys and one for the girls.”
She also grew up on a small family farm, attending to a vegetable garden as well as farm animals.
“I was a tomboy,” Charlotte said, recalling how she enjoyed fishing and hunting with family members — both as a youth and an adult.
As a teenager, Charlotte lived temporarily in Warrensburgh — she worked for room and board in town — to attend Warrensburgh High School for a year, but returned to Johnsburg to finish up her education.
In her teens, she worked as a clerk for her father, Algie Pasco, in his butcher shop in North Creek.
Soon after her graduation from Johnsburgh High School in 1932, she met Otis Rumble at Maxam’s Boarding House on Garnet Lake. At the time, he was a construction worker, in a crew building a road through Johnsburgh.
The two were married a matter of months after Charlotte’s graduation from high school.
The couple had three children: Patricia, John Algie and Cindy — all born at home.
Prior to Cindy’s birth in 1943, Charlotte and Otis Rumble moved to Warrensburgh. After she was born, Dr. Bibbe of North Creek told her not to have any more kids because it was “too far to travel from North Creek,” Cindy recalled this week.
In the 1950s, Charlotte worked at the Empire Shirt Factory on located on River St. in Warrensburg — now where Lizzie Keays Restaurant is located. That job was followed by employment at the Embassy Shirt Factory in Glens Falls — in the building on Broad St. that was enlarged and converted several years ago into The Mill apartment complex.
Otis Rumble died in 1960, and 10 years later, Charlotte married Ernie Wood at the age of 57.
Charlotte’s daughter Cindy Lamb, with whom she now lives in Warrensburg, said this week that Charlotte spent her adult years tending to others. She has 13 grandchildren, about 31 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren, Lamb said.
”Most of my mom’s life, she took care of family members,” she said. “And she loved every minute of it.”
After sharing memories with people attending her 100th birthday party, Charlotte shared the source of her longevity.
“Take each day as it comes — and enjoy it,” she said with a smile.