Jim Cox has marked a remarkable milestone — celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends on Tuesday.By Randall Johnston
Jim Cox has marked a remarkable milestone — celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends yesterday.
‘‘I’ve had quite a carefree life — but how I got to this age I don’t know,’’ he said.
‘‘I got a kick out of (life) and didn’t try to over-do it, because if you over-do it, that’s when you start to crack up.’’
Mr Cox said he had seen many marvels in his lifetime.
‘‘I never dreamed things would change as much as they have. A trip to London used to take three months, now you can get there in 24 hours,’’ he said.
Mr Cox was shire president in the 1960s and oversaw the introduction of a proper sewerage system for Cobram, and helped instigate building of the civic centre.
Born at Nathalia and educated at Waaia, Mr Cox moved to Cobram with his father Frank in 1926 after the family purchased land in the area.
Mr Cox married his wife Eunice in Melbourne in 1951 and they worked the land as wheat and sheep farmers at their property near Cobram.
The Cox family’s involvement with Cobram Harness Racing Club was truly a unified effort.
Daughter Jeanette worked behind the counter in a lean-to outside the Tin Shed serving ice-creams kept frozen in dry ice, and drinks from an old tin bath filled with iced water.
Mr and Mrs Cox were joined by Jeanette, their son Tom, some of their grandchildren and Cobram Harness Racing Club life members to help light the 100 candles surrounding his birthday cake at Jim Cox Family Pavilion at the weekend.
Jim was awarded a life membership of the club in 1976 for his dedication and contribution.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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