Anonymous Patron writes “LJWorld.com has one on Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, librarian at at the Coal Creek Library in Kansas, far the past 80 years. just as she has for the past 80 years, the 100-year-old Smith toils away at the state’s oldest library, keeping herself busy and keeping a monument to the small community of Vinland up and running.
It’s good to be back here, she says. For the past two weeks, the summer heat has cooked the small library, forced hot air through the tiny room’s seven narrow windows.”
She lived to be 108! Obituary for Martha Cutter Kelley Smith
After graduation she worked two years at the Lawrence Public Library. After that she returned to help farm on the family farm for the next seventeen years since her father had no sons. While doing this she helped out at the Coal Creek Library in Vinland as a Librarian. She continued to volunteer for the remainder of her life at the Coal Creek Library as long as she was able. In 2002 she was honored at an Awards Banquet as the oldest female worker in the State of Kansas.