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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 four years.

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.

Reprinted with permission of the Mountrail County Record.

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