In 1917 the courthouse was opened in Durant and a young couple, Ernest and Dodie Ward brought a daughter into the world.
The courthouse turns 100 this year and Pauline Kidd just turned 100 years old March 9, 2017.
Born in Bryan County, she has lived her entire life here and worshipped at 7th and Beech Church of Christ
She worked during World War II in Oklahoma City.
Many women were building planes while the men were off at war.
Pauline was one of those women helping with the war effort.
She wasn’t married to the love of her life James Kidd, yet. After the war in 1948 they did marry and spent nearly 45 years together when she lost him in 1992.
Her daughter Paula Mashburn threw her mother Pauline a 100 years old birthday party at Durant’s Brookdale Senior Living Center.
She has two daughters, Jamie Mays and Pauline Mashburn.
Pauline worked at Wacker’s and a cleaners in Durant.
Daughter Paula says “sewing was the main thing she did. She was a very good seamstress.”
Pauline has 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
In her century of living, Kidd says “family and church family are the most important things.”
Her daughter said she still has a great sense of humor.
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