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Wonders Never Cease for Fayette County’s Adventurous Martha Tauch

At 104 years of age, Martha Tauch finds the world as fascinating a place as she did as a youngster

  • Martha Tauch has inspired several generations of Flatonia and area residents and now encourages factory workers in Ohio, who manufacture walkers. They see her smiling face every day on a poster in the plant as they go about their jobs.
    Martha Tauch has inspired several generations of Flatonia and area residents and now encourages factory workers in Ohio, who manufacture walkers. They see her smiling face every day on a poster in the plant as they go about their jobs.
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  • Longtime Flatonia resident Martha Tauch, who turned 104 on Dec. 30, grins at the computer screen during the first Zoom call of her long life.
    Longtime Flatonia resident Martha Tauch, who turned 104 on Dec. 30, grins at the computer screen during the first Zoom call of her long life.
  • Martha has thrived on new and thrilling experiences such as getting up close and personal in the Cayman Islands with a tame stingray.
    Martha has thrived on new and thrilling experiences such as getting up close and personal in the Cayman Islands with a tame stingray.
  • Railway worker Arnold Tauch married Martha Pelech on Nov. 23, 1936. One of Martha’s favorite wedding gifts was a set of handpainted glasses and a matching pitcher rimmed with gold trim.
    Railway worker Arnold Tauch married Martha Pelech on Nov. 23, 1936. One of Martha’s favorite wedding gifts was a set of handpainted glasses and a matching pitcher rimmed with gold trim.
  • Living in a boxcar rolling up and down Texas railroad tracks suited Arnold and Martha just fine.
    Living in a boxcar rolling up and down Texas railroad tracks suited Arnold and Martha just fine.
  • Martha was presented with the key to the City of Flatonia by a grateful community last year.
    Martha was presented with the key to the City of Flatonia by a grateful community last year.
  • The Tauch family thrived in their unconventional, nomad lifestyle until it came time for Arnold, the eldest son, to go to school. That’s when the family settled down in Flatonia.
    The Tauch family thrived in their unconventional, nomad lifestyle until it came time for Arnold, the eldest son, to go to school. That’s when the family settled down in Flatonia.
  • Bing Crosby in the movie “White Christmas” is one of Martha’s favorites. Frank Sinatra, who she once saw in concert, also ranks high on her list.
    Bing Crosby in the movie “White Christmas” is one of Martha’s favorites. Frank Sinatra, who she once saw in concert, also ranks high on her list.
  • A talented artist who once painted with renowned Texas artist Dalhart Windberg, Martha has sought ways to make her world more beautiful throughout her life.
    A talented artist who once painted with renowned Texas artist Dalhart Windberg, Martha has sought ways to make her world more beautiful throughout her life.
  • An important ingredient in Martha’s recipe for a long life is having a large, loving family.
    An important ingredient in Martha’s recipe for a long life is having a large, loving family.
  • The Tauches built their Flatonia home very close to the train tracks not far from the tower where Arnold worked that’s at right in this photo. Train whistles and the clatter of the wheels were near and dear to the family’s hearts.
    The Tauches built their Flatonia home very close to the train tracks not far from the tower where Arnold worked that’s at right in this photo. Train whistles and the clatter of the wheels were near and dear to the family’s hearts.
  • Martha treasures the years she and her husband, Arnold, shared. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 95.
    Martha treasures the years she and her husband, Arnold, shared. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 95.
Adapting to new technology might be intimidating for some of us, but Martha Tauch takes it in stride. On a Zoom meeting ably hosted by Schulenburg Regency Social Worker Tracy Psencik, the 104-year-old birthday girl felt right at home. Also on the call were Martha’s son, Arnold, and his wife, Joanne, and me. Although I’d had the privilege of interviewing Martha when she turned 101 three years ago…

 

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