Herbert Engle at the age of 110.
|Birth:||18 February 1907|
Borgardt, Russian Empire (now Saratov Oblast, Russia)
110 years, 184 days
Herbert Engle (born 18 February 1907) is a Russian-American supercentenarian whose claim is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). He is the third-oldest known living man in America.
Herbert Engle was born on 18 February 1907 in what was then Borgardt, Russian Empire to parents Solomon and Mary (née Healt) Engle. His birthplace is now in Saratov Oblast, Russia. In March 1923, when Herbert was 16, he emigrated to the USA with his family.
Soon after arriving in America, Herbert got a job on the production line at Western Electric assembling switchboards. Herbert also played in the local church's Brotherhood Band which gave him an opportunity to travel to Brotherhood conferences in Illinois and neighbouring states. At one of those conferences in Michigan, he met his future wife, Amelia Falk (1907 - 1993).
Herbert and Amelia were married on 8 September 1929 in Port Huron, Michigan. The couple had six children together: Helen, Herb, Esther, Edna, Jannette, and Richard. In 1929 Engel started working for the 1900 Company (which eventually became Whirlpool Corp). He became a toolmaker and worked at the company for over 42 years, eventually retiring in 1972.
Despite being in America for nearly a decade, it wasn't until 22 September 1932 that Herbert finally became an official U.S. citizen. He was 25 years old at the time. He has been a member of the Arden Methodist Church and the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia. After Herbert retired from working, he made an elaborate model of a Volga German threshing system that he exhibited in Portland, Oregon, and which is now on display at the Priscilla U. Bryns Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Oregon. He has also made other items such as grandfather clocks and a church display table.
By the time he was 105, along with his six children, he had eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He still lives in the farmhouse that his parents bought in the mid-1920s. He kept himself busy by tending to his garden and doing woodwork. When he was 105, Herbert said: “I live every day content enough to eat and get my sleep and do my woodwork. I make my own canes, just to keep busy.”
Herbert Engle currently lives in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, at the age of 110 years, 184 days.