Near 100 year old woman steps back into the past - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Near 100 year old woman steps back into the past

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WINNFIELD, La. (KALB News Channel Five) -- In 1945, the Japanese surrendered on board the USS Missouri, John Wayne starred in the movie, "Dakota,"  Smokey the Bear celebrated his first birthday, and Mrs. Ola Peterson  began working for the US Forest Service.

 "I became involved I guess because my husband was working there, and I got to where I would go up the tower. He learned that I had learned how to operate the alidade, and cross out the fires. He would call me to come up the tower and do that."

Mrs. Peterson worked at a fire tower in Winnfield from 1945-1975. She is about to turn 100 in November and wanted to come back to visit the tower. Mrs. Peterson explained that the forest has changed a lot in 68 years.

"It's grown a lot you know, and of course during one time of the year you know when all the pollen was just like dust in the air, you know when you was there and see the wind give a puff, well the way this pollen would blow you'd think there's a smoke."

Mrs. Peterson experienced quite a bit over her 30 year tenure.

"One time it just come a terrible rain. Water had gotten over the road. When I got down there I had to drive through a lot of water to cross over to get to Winnfield and I wouldn't do it now, and I didn't have to, but I did it. I wanted that dollar.

 One thing Mrs. Peterson is grateful for is the generosity and love of others.

"I wish people didn't have to hide themselves to do right. Thank God for giving us--good God to watch over us and he is so good to us. Thank you, God."

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