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Goliad man, 101, would rather be back at work
by Coy Slavik
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Veron Haulk, 101, slices his birthday cake Saturday at the La Bahia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Veron Haulk, 101, slices his birthday cake Saturday at the La Bahia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
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GOLIAD — If Veron Haulk had his way, he’d be back on top of a windmill.

The lifelong Goliad County resident celebrated his 101st birth Saturday with family and friends at La Bahia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Goliad.

But just three years ago, at the age of 98, Haulk was still repairing windmills before he finally went into retirement.

“I did anything to help the cows get water,” Haulk said. “I installed them.”

Haulk, who was born Sept. 30, 1911 in Goliad, served in the Navy two years during World War II.

“I just wanted to follow my dad, I guess,” said Haulk, whose father, Tom, lived to be 101.

According to his niece, Anna Belle Taylor of Goliad, Haulk has only been sick once in his lifetime.

“He ate potato chips all his life and wasn’t doing nothing good for himself,” Taylor said.

“They had to give him some medicine to make him eat,” said another niece, Rosie Perry of Goliad. “He never did like medicine.”

Haulk confirmed his potato chips addiction.

“I like any kind,” Haulk said.

“You’re not going to get any until tomorrow,” Taylor told her uncle Thursday as they prepared for his birthday party.

Haulk was a smoker, but gave up the habit years ago. He said he started smoking when he would light the cigarettes for his father, who had only one arm.

Haulk had three children with his wife, Doris, who is deceased.
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