PAHOKEE – The Pahokee City Commission began their Feb. 22 meeting by honoring a resident who is older than the city.
The city is celebrating its 100th year in 2022. Isobel Teves McKinstry is 101.
Mrs. McKinstry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Oct. 11, 1920 to Charles and Marion Teves.
She married William E. McKinstry on June 22, 1942, gave birth to a baby girl name JoAnn McKinstry on March 20, 1944.
In 1946, the McKinstry Family decided to leave Honolulu and move to the continental United States. At that time Hawaii was still a territory, and would not be granted statehood until 1959.
The McKinstry family found themselves settling down in Pahokee, Florida.
Upon arrival in Pahokee, they built their home on N. Elm Street, and welcomed a son, William E McKinstry II. They opened a business called Billy's Boats and Motors and a gas station which was located across from the Prince Theater.
Mrs. McKinstry is a survivor of Pearl Harbor and a three-time survivor of breast cancer. She has been blessed to be surrounded by her daughter, son, three grandchildren and their spouses, nine great-grandchildren and their spouses. One great-great-grandchild is due in April.
Gemma Torcivia, of TG Law in West Palm Beach, served as city attorney for the meeting. City attorney Gary Brandenburg died Feb. 4.