|Clara Myers to Celebrate 90th Birthday in bed
Gilbertson, Irene. "Clara
Myers to Celebrate 90th Birthday in bed." Mountrail County Record, 30 October, 1985.
Clara Myers is observing her 90th birthday, Saturday from the confines
of a hospital bed. A week ago Thursday she stepped outside her home
at 820 7th Ave. NW to enjoy a few minutes of the first sunshine in
days, and inexplicably fell, breaking her hip. Her next door neighbor
alerted to the catastrophe by her calls, summoned an ambulance and
her daughter, Dorothy Lyon, and she was transported to Trinity where
she underwent surgery to have a plate inserted in her hip the next
morning. She has been making good recovery but is anxious to be back
in her own home.
She has been a Minot resident since 1947, moving there with her
husband, Dort Myers, when their farm was bought by the Corps of
Engineers as part of the reservoir of Lake Sakakawea. They had homesteaded
three miles west of Raub after their marriage on Mar. 8, 1914. Her
husband died Sept. 28, 1968 following a stroke he suffered while
he was visiting his son, Lawrence, near Big Sandy, Mont. in July
of that year. He was ambulanced back to Minot and remained a hospital
patient until his death. Clara has continued her residence at the
family home and has been able to care for herself and the home in
spite of him replacement and cataract surgeries during the last
She enjoys her yard, and her flower beds have been beautiful to
behold. This fall she canned many, many quarts of apple sauce from
the prolific trees in her backyard. Her crochet hook is kept busy
making afghans in spite of painful arthritis in her fingers.
She was born near Odessia, Russia, Oct. 26, 1895, the daughter
of Gustav and Rosina Weisz, one of eight children. The two oldest
sons emigrated to America to escape the compulsory army service
there, with the understanding that the family would soon follow.
They were detained under quarantine because of eye problems, but
finally did arrive at Winnipeg, where several of them went to work
for a Jewish family, who, wishing to retain their help, confiscated
the letters sent from the sons with the travel directions to their
new home in the Washburn, N.D. area. The sons, Albert and Peter,
after much searching located the missing family and brought them
to the Underwood-Washburn vicinity. The parents did not learn the
English language since they were living in a German-Russian settlement
and had access to their native newspapers and church services. They
both died in 1937. Of the eight children, only Clara and her oldest
sister, Emma Reiser, of Washburn survive.
Clara and Dort were the parents of six children: James and Irene,
Mrs. George Gilbertson both of Parshall; Dorothy, Mrs. Gordon Lyon
and Lois, Minot; Lawrence (Bud) of Big Sandy, Mont.; and Eunice,
Mrs. Eugene Berry, Havre, Mont. There are eleven living grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren. Several plan to be with her to observe
her special day.
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