105-year-old Flasher woman stays North Dakota strong and remains living on family farm

Published: Sep. 9, 2019 at 10:55 PM CDT
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It's not every day you hear about someone who is living beyond the age of 100, especially when they are still living in the same house they were born in.

Clara Toman Bures, celebrated her 105th birthday Sunday in Flasher and has a story that's one of a kind.

She was born in 1914, in the farm house her father built by Flasher, and wants to stay there until she passes away.

"She does live here by herself, basically with my brother a half of mile away but my sister and I have overlapped, making sure either she or I were here helping her with the cleaning the cooking, laundry, etc.," said Clara's daughter Carole Ostafin.

Clara's daughter, Carole says she and her siblings take turns visiting her often.

"But I think her determination to stay in her house has really kept her going because she does not want to move into a retirement center or nursing home, she's very much against that, she wants to stay right here on the farm," said Ostafin.

There were many hardships to endure living on the land. Especially when there was no electricity or running water. They lived off the land, planting gardens and butchering chickens and beef.

"And she would prefer just to stay home and have her family around her," said Ostafin.

Carole says Clara has always been grateful for her close knit family which she says contributed to her long life, outliving her father who passed at 94. Ostafin says she and her siblings were amazed at 100 years. They say now she's passed that, they feel extremely blessed.