A birthday 105 years in the making

By Matt Porter

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM EDT

Town of Union , NY (WBNG Binghamton) When Goldie Small was born, the United States featured four fewer stars on its flag.

That was among the stories the 105-year-old spun as she celebrated her birthday Wednesday with family and friends.

When Small was born in 1908, there were only 46 states, and the ball was being dropped in Times Square for the first time on New Year's Eve.

Small, who walks without assistance, was joined by family and friends at the Good Shepherd Village for a birthday party.

"I don't want to see that wheelchair," Small said. "I probably won't be active forever, but I'm trying."

The centenarian said she's done nothing special to live so long.

"I don't have any secret, I guess, just keep going," Small said.

She still exercises regularly and said she eats lots of fruits -- except melons.

Small lived on her own and drove until she was 102.

She has two children -- both old enough to receive social security benefits -- and has 11 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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