Two veterans celebrate their 102nd birthdays


Two veterans celebrated their 102nd birthdays Tuesday at Solstice Senior Living in Bakersfield.

Jack Jones was born on Nov. 26, 1915, and Harry Cheever was born Nov. 22, 1915.

"I call him the old man, because he is four days older," said Jones.

Jones spent four years training paratroopers in France. He is an avid baseball fan and worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for 32 years in the Bay Area before retiring and moving to Bakersfield.

He has been married to Hilda for 75 years and said she is the secret to his longevity.

"She's been my pal, my buddy," said Jones. "She's been wonderful."

Cheever is a Bakersfield High School graduate and played trumpet in the marching band. After school, he spent three years in the armed forces training bombardiers.

In the '50s and '60s, he played in Jack Monan's Big Band and other bands. He also spent 30 years working in a variety shop with his wife in Lamont.

"I have always stayed pretty much hidden, kept my mouth shut. It gets you a long ways that way," said Cheever.

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