George Henry Johnson is a rare breed. He just celebrated his 112th birthday, making him the oldest person in California. Johnson was born in 1894 in a California very different from the one he lives in today! He resides in the home he and his wife built in Richmond over 70 years ago.
Johnson is also a World War I veteran. He served in the infantry. As of November 2005, there were only 50 WWI veterans still alive.
Friends and family threw a party for Johnson. They traveled from across the US just to be there. He spent the celebration sharing stories about his time in the war and working in the shipyards afterwards.
Gerontology Research Group of Los Angeles, California, has confirmed Johnson’s status in the “over 100” club.