Former Steamboat resident celebrates 100th birthday

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Former Steamboat Springs resident Florence Hidy will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 14.

Florence, who now lives in Colorado Springs, was a resident of Steamboat from 1940 to 1951. She and her husband, Harold, owned the H. L. Hidy Plumbing Shop, in the building that now houses Backdoor Sports.

She was the secretary and bookkeeper for the business. The last two big jobs the plumbing company worked on in Steamboat were the REA building and Soda Creek Elementary School.

Florence was a registered nurse and worked in the old hospital on Seventh Street, which is now the Seventh Street Playhouse. She nursed for Dr. Willett and Dr. Crawford.

She was active in local politics and was a committee chairwoman.

One of her proudest accomplishments in the 100 years of her life has been to vote in every presidential election since 1928, when she became old enough to vote.

In June 1950, Florence chaperoned the Steamboat Springs High School ski band on a trip to Chicago, where they marched in a parade. She remembers how hot the students were in their red wool band uniforms. And that the skate rollers on their skis sunk into the hot pavement. Quite different from cool Steamboat.

Florence was an active member of the Ladies Recreation Club, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. She always enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, four-wheel drive trips, camping, traveling and gardening.

After closing their plumbing shop in 1956, the Hidys lived in a number of locations. They attended Routt County get-togethers as often as possible. The couple last lived in Brookings, Ore., where Harold passed away in 1980. Since then, Florence has made her home in Colorado Springs.

Florence and Harold had three children, nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

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