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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Betty Jane Lautenschlayer Dierdorf, 86, Brazil, holds the silver drinking cup presented to her parents by The Brazil Times after her birth on Jan. 1, 1922. [Order this photo]
* Times' 1922 New Year Baby reflects

Brazil resident Betty Jane Lautenschlayer Dierdorf has a prized possession.

"I have always been proud of it," Betty said about the child-sized silver-drinking cup presented to her parents after her birth on Jan. 1, 1922. "The Brazil Times gave it to my parents and I've kept the little silver cup all my life."

The youngest of Charles and Edith Lautenschlayer's children, Betty was delivered at 12:15 a.m., by "Dr. Veach" at her parents' Staunton home.

"After 10 children, I think she kind of knew what to expect by then," Betty said with a chuckle.

Although there is much to celebrate during this time of year, Betty admits the holidays are a rollercoaster of emotions.

"I married my husband, Wayne Dierdorf, on Jan, 1, 1941, which was also my birthday," Betty said. "Sure there is Christmas and New Year's Day, but I lost my husband on Dec. 17, 1996, and all my brothers and sisters are gone. The holidays are a sad time for me."

However, Betty's silver cup brings back joyous memories.

"I've had it cleaned before, but, as you can see, it's as tarnished as I am," Betty said.

There have been a lot of changes during Betty's lifetime, but she says the most difficult is how fast paced the world has become.

"Everything moves so fast. People even talk faster than they used," she said. "People on television talk so fast I can't understand them sometimes. That's why I take the paper. I enjoy reading The Brazil Times. If I don't, I'm afraid I'll miss something."

When reading the paper, Betty said she has always wondered whom the other children recognized as a New Year's Baby by The Times were and where they are now.

"I'm glad (as the 1922 Clay County New Year's Baby) I was able to do this because I don't think I will be around for too many more years," Betty said. "I think it would be interesting to know where they are. Maybe have their picture taken so everyone could see them, know they are still here, like me. I'm still living."

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