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Milwaukee man celebrates 100th birthday

CREATED Aug 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - In the year 1913 Woodrow Wilson was President, the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line, a first-class stamp was only two cents, and Jasper Mathews was born. 

Friends and family recently celebrated Mathews 100 years of life with a huge birthday celebration. Mathews called it "Wonderful!"

Jasper Mathews began working by shining shoes at the Milwaukee YMCA. He was the first black massage therapist. He worked at the Y for 60 years before retiring twice.

Jasper Mathews tells Today'sTMJ4. "I like to work!"  

His daughter Gerry Gibson shares, "He drove until he was 92, that's a blessing in and of itself to be able to function by yourself at that age."

Jasper's son George Mathews says his father taught the children, "Be together, that's the main thing the older has to tell the younger is that we need be together."  

Shelley Mathews once asked her grandfather his secret for a long life. He told her, "Number 1: Good friends and family. Number 2: I get a massage once a month. Number 3: I have a drink every day but I don't overdo it. Number 4:  I don't worry about things I can't control."  

Jasper's family is proud he continues to pass his wisdom to future generations.