As the University of Montana School of Journalism celebrates its 100th year, Jeremy Lurgio’s Advanced Multimedia class set out to tell the stories of Montanans who’ve been around just as long. A 2010 U.S. Census Report showed there were 53,364 centenarians in the nation, 175 of whom were living in Montana. Students traveled across the state to meet and photograph 12 of them.
I was chosen to photograph Ruby Ketron. Ruby was born Sept. 24, 1914, to Danish immigrants. She was raised on a homestead in Plentywood, Montana. This is her story.