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2/23/04 - Henderson

Clifford Hughes Turns 105

George Clifford Hughes, who goes by Cliff, was born on February 23, 1899 in Lone Oak. He's one of very few people who can say they've lived during three different centuries. What's Cliff's secret to living to 105?

"There's no reason for it," he said. "The only thing I can say is that I eat good and I sleep good."

And he exercises: "I square danced for 50 years."

Cliff had been square dancing until just a year ago. And he still works out on his exercise machine at home. Up until about six months ago, Cliff drove himself every week to Westminster Bible Church in his hometown of Henderson. During his lifetime, Cliff has dabbled in many things. He was perhaps most well known in the public eye as a member of the Carthage City Council. At age 13, just before World War I, Cliff started working with his father as a blacksmith and left home a year later to be an auto mechanic. Cliff later opened the first Cadillac-Oldsmobile dealership in Carthage: Hughes Motor Company. In the 1920s, Cliff bought, rebuilt, and flew a JN4D "Jenny" airplane. Nowadays, Cliff says he doesn't do much.

"I sit on the sofa and watch TV," he said.

But Cliff says he's as healthy as ever and he's looking forward to celebrating his 106th birthday next year.

Cliff is married to Bea Davis, who also took square dancing lessons back in the 1960s. Cliff says they have performed in cities from El Paso to Brownsville and even Mexico.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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