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Century-old Laux family member from York County had expensive first date

Ernest Loucks, bottom, center, a member of the York County Laux clan, shows a sense of humor in his remarks to the York Daily Record in 1991 about being 100 year old. Background posts: With hot controversy cooled, Highpoint offers Susquehanna River view for the ages and Bad economy turned York Safe & Lock toward lucrative defense work and And now starring actor … Jakie Devers?.

One more post – a good yarn – about the recent Laux reunion in York County, observing the widely spread family’s 300th anniversary in America:
A member of the Laux family told me before the reunion that I’d find those attending would have a good sense of humor
That quality jumped out when I came across a York Daily Record article about 100-year-old Ernest Loucks in 1991… .

Ernest Loucks, who lived to be 102, told the story in the article about his eventful and expensive first date with a new girlfriend:

The horse he rented from the livery stable fell over dead, and he had to borrow $25 to pay the stable for the loss.
And then, he commented about two things –
— The Persian Gulf War: “I’m not interested in the war. I won’t get in it at 100 years old. I know that.”
— His life: “I’m in good shape. For 100 years old, I know enough.”

Also of interest:
– To read my column on the Laux 300th reunion, visit: Laux folks have deep local roots
– To view the Laux family website, visit 300th anniversary celebration.