Emporium Native Celebrates 100th Birthday


by Amanda Jones
Echo News Editor
An Emporium woman and one of the Cameron County Echo’s longest subscribers celebrated a century on this earth on September 1.
Catherine Burke Wiest, currently of Essex, Vermont, was born September 1, 1917, to Cameron County residents Patrick Henry Burke and Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Bair, a school teacher and granddaughter of decorated Civil War soldier and early Emporium resident Joshua Bair.
Catherine sat down with the Echo for an interview via Google Hangouts last week in honor of her becoming a centenarian. She has been a lifelong subscriber, and still calls the paper by its former name, the Cameron County Press.

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