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World's oldest man marks 114th birthday in Montana

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A Montana resident believed to be the world's oldest man celebrated his 114th birthday Tuesday at a retirement home in Great Falls. Walter Breuning was born on Sept. 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minn., and moved to Montana in 1918, where he worked as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway for 50 years. He inherited the distinction of being the world's oldest man in July 2009 when Briton Henry Allingham died at age 113. Gavin Seeberger recalled how his father, former Great Falls banker John Seeberger, tried to persuade Breuning in the mid 1990s to purchase a two-year certificate of deposit instead of a five-year CD. Breuning had come into the bank to take advantage of a special rate on five-year CDs, and he insisted he would be there to collect it at age 105 when it matured. And he did, Gavin Seeberger told the Great Falls Tribune. "That is being sure of one's self," he said.

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Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

World's oldest man marks 114th birthday in Montana 09/21/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:12pm]

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