Adam LaRose turned 100 years old this month and has something in common with today's youngsters. The former Lehighton man has his own Wii video game system, which he received at the age of 98.
He likes to play Tiger Woods PGA Tour on the Wii with his friends at Calvary Fellowship Homes Retirement Community in Lancaster. Sometimes he has a good game, but would prefer to play regular golf.
In addition to golf, LaRose enjoys Wii bowling, baseball and strength-fitness games. He also likes to read historical fiction.
Born on March 11, 1911 in Weissport, LaRose is the son of Angelina (Ulshafer) and George Oscar LaRose. He had a sister, Iva, and two brothers, Harold and Kermit, who are both deceased.
In honor of his 100th birthday, he received over 200 congratulatory cards and messages, and family members from near and far traveled to Lancaster to celebrate with him, including his niece Barbara Ahner, and her husband Richard, and his sister-in-law LaRue Manhart and her husband, George, all from Lehighton.
LaRose attended Franklin Independent School District and graduated from the three-year high school at the age of 15. After high school he attended Allentown Business College, graduating in 1928.
He worked at Allentown-Bethlehem Gas Company, a subsidiary of UGI, as an accounts payable clerk and property records clerk.
He married Mildred Pauline Stout, who lived in Big Creek. They met at a card party and married six months later. He says it was love