Source: "The Wilton Advocate", Wilton Junction, IA., Thursday, May 3, 1962, Front page.
WILTON'S HENRY WILDASIN STATES OLDEST MAN DIES SATURDAY; 106 YEARS OLD Henry Wildasin, of Wilton, believed to be Iowa's oldest resident, died at the nursing home in Wilton, Saturday.Wildasin would have been 107-years-old October 20. The well-known Wilton resident had been active until the last year and until the new post office was built two years ago, could be seen daily walking to the post office to get his mail in all kinds of weather. Two years ago he was the grand marshal of the annual Wilton Parade and until he fell last summer maintained his own lawn and flower garden. Area residents were amazed to see Wildasin working in his lawn or garden at the age of 105 and could often be seen raking as early as 5:30 a.m. While he was living he credited going to bed earlier as one of the reasons for his longevity.He said he was usually in bed by 8 p.m. and arose at about 5 a.m. He was interested in community, state and national affairs despite his advanced age and his daily ritual included listening toradio newscasts and having his daughter, Miss Irma Wildasin, read him the local and daily newspapers. Wildasin was in good health until he fell in his garden last summer, but his health began to fail after that incident until he had to be hospitalized this winter. During his earlier years, Wildasin was associated with the bank in Wilton and became well known throughout the area as a clerk at farm sales. He later was secretary of the White Pigeon Mutual Insurance Association before he retired. He drove his own car until he was 97 years old and appeared much younger than his actual age until the last year or so. Funeral services were held at Grace United Church of Christ, Tuesday, with Rev. Joseph Mayer officiating.Burial, under the direction of Gill Memorial Home, was in Oakdale Cemetery. Mrs. Albert Gregory was organist.Vocalists were Mrs. Harry Fliss, Mrs. Clarence Lenker and Mrs. Edward Windman. Mr. Wildasin is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Mason and Miss Irma Wildasin, both of Wilton, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, his wife and one daughter.