WEST ROCKHILL — Emil Klinger, a resident of West Rockhill Township and one of the charter members of the West Rockhill Historical Society, turned 100 on March 23.
He celebrated his birthday at the historical society’s April 8 meeting with cake and gifts. Former state Rep. Paul Clymer presented Klinger with a citation from the state.
Klinger has lived in West Rockhill Township 98 of his 100 years. He is the father of two sons, Richard (deceased) and Emil Jr. Klinger has seven grandchildren, 13 great-grand children and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
On July 8 of this year, his wife, Erma, will turn 101, and on Dec. 31 of this year, he and Erma will celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary.
Klinger’s hobbies are first and foremost music. He started entertaining at age 17, formed the Happy Rangers Band and did shows in the Poconos and throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was entertaining on the radio six days a week in the 1930s and early 1940s and also taught square dancing. One of the dance teams he taught, The Grangers, took first place in the Pennsylvania Farm Show that year.
His other hobbies include woodworking, furniture caning, furniture refinishing, vinyl repair and gardening.
His said his philosophy on living to 100 is “simple clean living, no drink or smoking and lots of singing, whistling and laughing.“