ENCINTIAS — Encinitas resident and Elks Club member Fred Schneider turns 100 years old Feb. 28.
On Feb. 26, the Encinitas Elks lodge hosted a birthday bash for Fred, complete with full dinner prepared and served by Marines from Camp Pendleton and, of course, birthday cake.
Born before World War I, in Detroit, Kansas in 1915, Schneider has lived through the dust bowl of 1936, seen the invention of the radio, and survived two wives. After losing his 71 acres of corn in 1936, he dropped out of high school and moved to California in search of a better life. He landed a job at Farmers Brother Coffee, as loading dock worker, eventually becoming the plant manager.
In 1971, Schneider became a member of the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge. After relocating to Encinitas in 1979, he transferred his membership to the Encinitas Elks Lodge No. 2243. He has been awarded a lifetime membership with the Elks.
At age 92, Schneider felt he had done most everything he wanted in life, except receiving his high school diploma. So he returned to school, completing his education and received his diploma from San Dieguito Adult School. He is still active in the community. You might even run in to him at the local home improvement store, where he buys supplies for his tractor-building hobby. He lives on his own and still drives. When asked what his secret is to a long and healthy life, Schneider said, “Lots of coffee and beautiful women.”
For information, visit encinitaselks.org.