Easton’s Dixon House Celebrates Two Centennial Birthdays

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The men and women of Easton’s Dixon House had a lot to celebrate in recent weeks, with two residents celebrating big birthdays totaling 207 years.

Milton Agreen's 104th birthday celebration

Milton Agreen’s 104th birthday celebration

Mr. Milton Agreen, born in 1909, celebrated his 104th birthday last month at a party which included his two sons, Russell Agreen from Denton, Maryland and Robert Agreen from Newcastle, Delaware. A lover of barbershop music, Mr. Agreen was serenaded at his party by the Bay Country Chorus of the Easton Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society .

Born in Woodbridge, NJ, Mr. Agreen worked as an accountant, a mailman and later for ALCOA. Friends describe him as a “very caring and devoted person.”  He’s known at Dixon House as a cheerful greeter with a great sense of humor, saying “hiddy-ho” to all with a smile every chance he gets.

Married to the late Anna Marie Agreen for 60 years, Mr. Agreen’s secret to long life is “Always treat your wife like an angel and treat everybody with respect.”  A resident of Dixon House since 2006, he enjoys looking at old photo albums, watching television, listening to music, playing checkers and Wii bowling.

After turning 103 years old on 9/17/13, Ms. Oneita McCall said “it’s hard to believe that I’m 103!” Born and raised in Dorchester County, Ms. McCall has lived at The Dixon House for 6 years. Along with her first husband, John Bramble, Sr., Ms. McCall operated Johnny’s Drive-In in Cambridge in the 1950s. She recalls the good old days when she’d make and sell homemade pies at the Drive-In.  She also worked at

Milton Agreen and Oneita McCall

Milton Agreen and Oneita McCall

Leggett’s Department Store in Cambridge and Airpax.

Ms. McCall married her second husband, Harry McCall in 1964 and gained a step-daughter, Betty Malik.  She’s very close with her family, and is proud to celebrate five current generations. Going out to lunch and for ice cream with her son and Betty is her favorite outing; she loves animals and music, especially gospel. Ms. McCall is the oldest member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The Dixon House was founded in 1889 when five respected Talbot women recognized the burdens for women left with the responsibility of maintaining their farms after the death of a spouse.

They founded “The Home For Aged Women”, and with grassroots support from the Easton community, built the home and admitted their first residents in 1910.

Still operating today as an assisted and independent living facility, The Dixon House is home to 16 residents. For more information about The Dixon House, call 410-822-6661.

 

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