Surrounded by family, friends, and well-wishers, long-time resident Lucy Hamm celebrated her 110th birthday January 27th with cake, music, and a visit from Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation.
Mrs. Hamm has lived in St. Louis since the 1930s and has spent the past 2 years at Brooking Park, a retirement community located across from Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis.
Mayor Nation, who has attended Mrs. Hamm’s birthday celebrations the past 2 years, renewed the official proclamation stating that January 27th is “Lucy Hamm Day” in the city of Chesterfield.
In addition, Tom Schlafly, founder of Schlafly Beer, was on hand to read a new poem composed in Mrs. Hamm’s honor. Schlafly brewery also donated 4 cases of beer for the residents and guests to enjoy.
Born in Cairo, Illinois
Mrs. Hamm was the first person in her family to attend high school but had to quit at age 15 to help raise her siblings following the untimely death of her mother. After moving to St. Louis, she was employed in the shoe-making trade and kept working until well into her 70s. Grand-daughter Debbie Meyer claims that one secret to her longevity is “a love for beer”, although these days Mrs. Hamm is more apt to say “an apple a day and daily exercise” are more helpful.