Aging Services Celebrates

Salt Lake County Aging Services manages 19 centers for the valley’s senior citizens, and one of those senior centers just celebrated its 50th anniversary.  The Tenth East Center, reportedly one of the earliest senior centers in the United States, marked the event with speakers, food, and entertainment. Read more about the party in this July 11 Tribune article.

Another event for Utah’s seniors featuring music, prizes, and special guests occurred in 1970.  “Senior Citizen Day” was held at the Utah State Fairgrounds on September 16, 1970.  Awards were handed out for an art competition, and plaques for being the oldest senior citizen, the senior citizen with the most grandchildren (the winner had 78 grandchildren!), and the couple married the longest were given out by “honored guest” Bob Barker (of game show fame).

"TV star Bob Barker awards plaque to Gus Franz, 91, Fair's oldest senior"

“TV star Bob Barker awards plaque to Gus Franz, 91, Fair’s oldest senior”

Entertainment was provided by Clyde Wolf and Richard Eliason, and also the “Singing Grandmothers” Effie Yates and Lillian Shaw:

Clyde Wolf and Richard Eliason performing.

Effie Yates and Lillian Shaw, the Singing Grandmothers, along with Clyde Wolf and Richard Eliason.

Effie Yates and Lillian Shaw, the “Singing Grandmothers.”

View of Senior Citizen Day audience.

Some of the Senior Citizen Day attendees.

Enjoying the performances

Enjoying the performances.

More performances

More performances.

Jennie and Lloyd Hobbs of Provo. Received award for married longest at Fair (58 years).

Jennie and Lloyd Hobbs of Provo received award for longest married of attendees  (58 years).

Source: Salt Lake County Aging Services Photographs, 1968-1987, Acc. 04-145.  Salt Lake County Archives.

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