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Adler is Thurmont’s centurian

Stephanie Long

(10/18) When George Adler of Thurmont was born, the first vacuum was marketed and Louis Mayer opened the first movie theater. Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States and first-class stamps cost two cents. The average worker earned $12.98 a week for 59 hours of work.

The year was 1907 and a century later Adler is still going strong while the world he was born into is now the stuff of history books.

Adler still like a good snowball fight with his friends at the Thurmont Senior Center. However, he uses fakes snowballs for an indoor fight. He likes spending time at the senior center for other things, too. He goes there daily to eat lunch and spend time with his friends. Affectionately called “Pop” at the center, Adler has been eating lunch there everyday for over 20 years, well almost everyday.

“He didn’t come on fish or ham day,” explained Anna Rollins, director of the center. Adler doesn’t like fish at all, and if you ask him if he would like some the answer is very clear.

“No!” he said with a laugh and shake of his head, “No!”

Once the center realized Adler’s taste in food, they started fixing him something else for lunch and he has rarely missed a lunch since. According to his daughter, Georgette Baxter, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Until recently Adler walked to the center from his home and, “He wouldn’t even look at a house unless it was within walking distance to the center,” Baxter said. “He likes to come here [the center].”

Another constant in Adler’s life is his daily cup of hot cocoa with lunch, which he has to have according to Rollins. When Adler is not at the center, he enjoys spending time looking at koi fish ponds and flowers, something Adler knows a lot about.

At the age of 16 Adler left his native Germany to see the world, literally, as a cabin boy on a ship that sailed around the world. After a brief stint on the boat, Adler decided it wasn’t for him, so he got off the ship in New York and began looking for a job. He found work as the caretaker of a large estate in New York, where he learned about gardening and much more. He also ran a small Black Angus Cattle farm in Frederick for a time before retiring.