"He's a kick," said Houskeeper of the centenarian. Among other colorful elements of Del Monte's life, he was born in the backroom of the Fior d'Italia restaurant, He lost his first million in the '29 crash, and he's still day trading on his computer to this day.
Sage and her sister, Margaret saw their lives crumble down along with San Francisco on April 18, 1906. Their family lost everything it had; her ill mother died shortly thereafter and her broke father gave up his children to other family members. Nancy, just six months old at the time of the quake, was raised by her grandparents in rural Idaho, where she cooked and cleaned for miners and loggers as a child.
Her husband, Howard, was killed in a 1952 logging accident, and Sage never remarried. After retiring 30 years ago from her position as chief librarian of the Meridian, Idaho public library, she moved to Colorado to live with her son, Darrell, in '84. Darrell Sage wrote that their Sunday cribbage games continued until close to his mother's dying day -- "and I don't have to cheat to let her win her share of games. During those card games, the resident cockatiel in the sun room has learned a few choice words from her to add to his limited vocabulary."