Emma Buck

 

 

Age: 100

 

Summary: frontierswoman who lived in a log cabin and ran a pre-Civil War family farm that was named one of Illinois' 10 most endangered species remaining virtually unchanged into the 21st century (complete with outhouse, a well instead of running water, a blacksmith's shop and a rare outdoor oven), who pulled her own teeth and sharpened axes on a foot operated grinding wheel well into her 90s while her contemporaries embraced modern machinery.

 

 

Cause of Death: Breast cancer

 

Born: March 15, 1904

 

Died: June 5, 2004

 

Location: Monroe County, Illinois