The year Florence Juliar was born, Theodore Roosevelt was president and the Wright Brothers took their first flight in the Kitty Hawk. That was 1903.
Eighteen presidents, two world wars and 105 years later, the Fountain Hills resident celebrated her 105th birthday on Valentine’s Day.
Surrounded by friends and family, Juliar marked the occasion with a dinner celebration at her home, the Fountain View Villages Skilled Nursing Facility.
“I liked the party,” Juliar said.
Juliar, who wore a tiara, said she didn’t have the secret for living so long.
But her niece, Connie Lewis, said her aunt lived for so long because she never had children.
“I enjoyed spending time with my nieces and nephews,” Juliar said.
Juliar still participates in card games and enjoys watching TV and getting her hair and nails done.
She can be found from time to time playing Bunco with other residents.
“I also like to watch football,” Juliar said. Her favorite team is anyone from Minnesota.
Born Feb. 14, 1903, in Ashton, N.D., Juliar had three younger siblings — a brother and two sisters. She has outlived all of them.
While growing up, Juliar lived in Iowa and California.
While living in California, Juliar said she was friends with Lita Grey, who went on to marry film star Charlie Chaplin.
Juliar met her husband, Nicholas Juliar, while working for the Mayo brothers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Juliar enjoyed working as a stenographer at the hospital.
Nicholas Juliar was a lawyer, real estate agent and insurance agent in St. Clair, Minn. He also worked as a campaign manager on one of Harold Strassen’s presidential campaigns.
Juliar met her husband when he was a law student.
“Nick and I liked to dance,” she said.
Juliar said she moved to Arizona in 2002 to be closer to her family.
She has lived at the Fountain View Villages Skilled Nursing Facility since the summer of 2005.
She has eight nieces and nephews, two who live in the Valley. These include Steve Coover of Fountain Hills and Connie and Dale Lewis of Rio Verde.