EDITOR'S NOTE: In early January 2007, Sydney Stevens began the first of several interviews with Verna Oller for an article to be used in Stevens' Observer series "North Beach Girls of the Teens and Twenties." Even before the resulting story could be published, Verna talked further with Stevens, this time about a secret she wanted kept until after her death.

Verna Oller was one of a kind. At 95, she still split and stacked her own wood, did her own gardening and housework, and took a daily ration of food to the two horses boarding in the field beyond her yard. She lived in the house that she and her husband had built in 1934 for a total of $750.

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