Surrounded by family and friends, Josie Robben celebrated her 105th birthday at a party at St. John's in Victoria Jan. 20.
Josephine (Josie) Robben was born Jan. 20, 1906, on a farm by Emmeram, KS. She went to church and school in the community and was the fourth youngest of 15 children.
While attending Victoria High School, she lived with her sister in Victoria. After graduating from high school she went to Normal school (what is now FHSU) and got a teaching certificate.
For transportation to Hays (FHSU) she caught the train every morning and evening from Victoria to Hays and back. She then taught in Emmeram at the public school.
While teaching, she met Francis Robben. Josie was 23 when they married in Emmeram. After their marriage, they built a house by Big Creek, south of Walker and farmed.
They enjoyed playing cards, went to dances, barn dances and socializing. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters. Josie enjoyed watching sports, game shows, cooking, baking, and quilting. She made lap robes, and likes to drink coffee, sleep and occasionally play bingo.
After Francis passed away in 1974, she remained in their home until moving to Via Christi's St. John's in Victoria, KS.
Josie's family showed up for 105th Birthday celebration.