Happy birthday Reg: 100-years-old and still counting
THE remarkable Reginald Charles Littlemore gives a unique window into Gladstone's past - who else can recall 94 years of a town's history?
Marking the momentous occasion of reaching triple figures on Wednesday, Mr Littlemore remembers a time when mail was delivered only periodically, and a decent wage was five bob a day.
Reg, as he is affectionately known, reflects upon the journey of his 100-year life and how Gladstone has grown from a small country town into a booming resource phenomenon.
"I think they've spoiled the look of the town," he ponders.
"In 1919 Gladstone was very much a one-horse town. No high-rises, no bitumen roads and the powerhouse was just a little shed down near Auckland Creek."
Born in Wowan in 1913, and moving to Gladstone six years later, Mr Littlemore became a local "legend" through his various careers as a masters clerk at the railway station, a real estate agent for Ray White, a foreman at the meatworks and a taxi driver for 15 years.
"I was working at the meatworks during the Second World War with 70-odd women," he said with a smile.
"But the most attractive woman I ever met was my wife Doreen Muriel."
Mr Littlemore is adamant he will make his 110th birthday, and with no ailments stopping him, he is eager to share his secret of longevity.
"I never smoked and I rarely drank," he said.
"I'm as healthy as can be."
The only time Mr Littlemore can recall that he almost didn't become a centenarian was at six years of age when a horse and cart ran over his foot.
"My sister and I were fetching wood. We had loaded up the cart and the horse suddenly bolted," he said pointing to the scar.
"The ambulance came to visit me four times a day, there wasn't a lot of medical help back then."
Mr Littlemore will mark his 100th birthday on Wednesday by planting a tree in Toondoon Botanic Gardens, and with a morning tea celebration on Friday at the Senior Citizens Centre at 10am.