She and her husband used to walk a couple of miles around their farm every day.
That's one reason she has lived as long as she has, Pauline Scotten said on January 14, her 100th birthday.
She also credits her faith and her genes.
"My mother lived until she was 89 and my dad was 83 when he died," Mrs. Scotten said.
She was born in Calvert, Md., a daughter of the late Nancy Kilgore and John Douglas Sheetz. The family moved to Chester County and then into Fulton Township when she was a teenager.
Mrs. Scotten graduated from Fulton Township High School and then Rising Sun, Md., High School. Township high schools only went through 11th grade. Students who wanted to go to 12th grade attended neighboring high schools for their senior year.
Getting to the school in Rising Sun was easier than coming home, she recalled. "I walked to the end of the driveway, got a ride with the milk truck and then got a bus to school," Mrs. Scotten said. Coming home, she had to walk the miles from the bus stop.
She returned to her parents' farm after high school, leaving two years later to get married. "I was raised on a farm and married a farmer," she said. "We used horses [for farm work] when I was growing up. My daddy had all the horses named."
She learned to drive while she was on her home farm. "But I didn't have a license until I was 20. Nobody cared back then," she said.
She and her husband, Merlin "Pete" Scotten, married in the morning rather than having an afternoon or evening ceremony.
"He was a semi-pro ballplayer and we had to get married in the morning because he had a game in the afternoon," she recalled.
After marrying in 1939, the couple farmed in Little Britain Township, near the intersection of what's now Pine Grove Rd. and Nottingham Rd.
"I lived there for 78 years," she said. After selling the farm, she moved into a local retirement community.
Farming life suited her. "You're your own boss," she said. "I helped my husband cut corn and fill the silo, but I never milked a cow."
That didn't mean she had a lot of free time.
"We had two gardens. I grew flowers, but we mostly raised vegetables," she said. "I canned 500 jars of fruits and vegetables a year." Among her favorites were peaches and tomato juice.
She also made clothes for her children and herself. "And I sewed some for my husband. I learned from my mother. She was a seamstress," Mrs. Scotten said.
Mrs. Scotten did ceramics and had her own kiln, crocheted, knitted, and refinished furniture.
"My husband and I would go to sales and buy stuff. We got trunks for all the kids and the grandkids," she said.
In addition to refinishing and giving trunks, she also made quilts.
"I've done one for everyone in the family and no two squares in those quilts are alike," she said.
She also painted, mainly landscapes.
"I didn't take lessons," she said. "I taught myself and I liked to paint."
She attended a Friends meeting when she was growing up. After marrying, she became a member of Little Britain Presbyterian Church.
"I don't do as much as I used to," she said last week. "My hands are getting stiff, and for the past two or three years, this chair has felt pretty good."