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On the Town: 100th Birthday for Arthur Chase Moore, Prayer Breakfast

March 26, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • Singer, actor, writer Pat Boone signed autographs after giving the keynote address at the 50th Annual Glendale Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Singer, actor, writer Pat Boone signed autographs after… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

The rafters were raised at the Verdugo Woodlands Dad’s Club’s Youth House for a century-old gentleman. Glendale resident Arthur Chase Moore was feted by some 200 of his closest friends and family in celebration of his 100th birthday (actually on the following day).

The location was chosen because Art was the oldest “Ancient Lovely” to participate in the Father’s Follies at the Club last year when he was a mere 99-year-old. At that time he received a standing ovation. But on this balmy, Saturday afternoon (Mar. 23), Art chose to leave his dancing shoes at home. Wife Ruth Moore was by his side as congratulations were offered all around. When asked how long he has been married to Ruth, Art answered “62, 63 years or thereabouts.” For those who keep better track than Art, for the record the couple has been married 61 years. They met at Ruth’s mother’s cousin’s funeral.

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Long tables were decorated with balloons and balsa airplanes in recognition of Art’s employment as a civil servant with Lockheed during World War II. He worked on B52s and P38s. At every setting there were commemorative wine glasses for guests to take home.

Family members joining Ruth and Art were daughter Karin Jonke and sons Jerry Cleland, Bruce Moore and Pat Moore. Art’s great grandchildren (Karin’s grandchildren) present for picture taking were Hope Jonke, 4; Ethan Jonke, 3; and Elliott Jonke, 2.

Other family members included Art’s sister Virginia Moore. Virginia is the oldest surviving sister out of ten. Jerry Cleland’s son Kevin Cleland was present and helped supply names and dates on the family tree for this columnist. Bruce Moore’s 20-year-old daughter Shannon Moore filled in some details.

When asked his reaction to the festivities, the birthday boy hinted that he’s going to live some years longer, “The Lord don’t want me, and the Devil won’t have me.”

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Organizers for the 50th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast pulled out all the stops to inspire, entertain and feed more than 500 community residents who were willing to arrive fully awake at 6:00 am at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Thursday (Mar. 21). Even those who were still sleepy helped themselves to overflowing coffee urns to wake up before the program started.

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