Jeanne Schenck Erskine, a Wilton native, died at the age of 100 on July 20 in Reno, Nevada, where she had lived for several years. Born on January 22, 1913, she was the daughter of Ernest and Grace Knight Schenck, who came to Wilton in 1911 and greatly enlarged an old farmhouse, which they named “Graenest.” The site, south of Wilton Center where the Stop & Shop Plaza now stands, is marked by part of the original stone wall and the iron gate near the entrance. Jeanne was predeceased by an older brother Philip Schenck and a younger sister Georgiana Schenck Gregerson.
Jeanne had many fond memories of growing up in Wilton — watching her mother make jellies for the soldiers in World War I and seeing the young women of the Womens Land Army who lived with them to work in the fields while the men were in the service. She enjoyed outdoor activities — wading in the river, nature walks, and riding on the hay wagon from the fields on Schenck’s Island. She got her first horse at age 12 and became an accomplished horsewoman, winning many medals in local events.