Myrtle Milburn
Myrtle Milburn
Myrtle LaDonna Milburn, our Resident of the Week, is actually a resident in the Ostrander Care & Rehab Assisted Living. She relocated from her home in Ostrander in September 2010. Her sister, Lyla Miland, resides at Ostrander Care & Rehab, as did her sisters Wilma Rollie and Leona Oswald, until their deaths.

"I enjoy and appreciate the good care that I receive at the assisted living," says Myrtle.

Myrtle was born in Spring Valley on Oct. 28, 1924, to parents Otto Ruud and Ida Christopherson, Otto's second wife. Myrtle's half-siblings included brother Melvin and sisters Alvina Ruud Sterling and Lenora Ruud Peterson. Her brothers and sisters included Raymond, Lyla (Miland), Leona (Oswald), Wilma (Rollie), and Rodney. Myrtle was baptized at the Bennington Lutheran Church, Mower County, later being confirmed at the same church in 1939.

Through the Great Depression years, Myrtle recalled they always had plenty of food, as her dad and mother were both hard workers. Her dad butchered animals he raised and cut the meat himself. Her mother had a large garden and canned and baked, especially a lot of homemade bread.

Myrtle completed the eighth grade and at age 13, she lived with her sister, Lyla, and her husband for a couple of years, helping with her little nephew, Kenny Miland. She also helped with other work. About two years later, Myrtle helped her sister, Leona, and husband Wilbur Oswald. They owned a restaurant in Ostrander where she did waitress work and helped care for their daughter, Annette.

Myrtle met William Milburn in 1942. He was working on a farm owned by Victor Ruud, a cousin of hers. In 1943, upon learning that he had not passed the physical for military service, William went to work transporting defense workers to New Brighton, Minn. Later William proposed to Myrtle and they were married Jan. 31, 1943, at the Anoka Lutheran Church, Anoka, Minn.

The couple lived near Anoka until 1947, then returning to the Spring Valley area. William worked for Libby's, eventually switching to Ruan, a petroleum trucking company. Myrtle then waitressed at Nash's Café in Spring Valley. The couple moved to Ostrander in 1953 and bought a home there in 1957.

Myrtle and William had three children: Sharilyn (from Harrison, Va.), and Steven (from Rochester, Minn.), and Scott (from St. Charles, Minn.). They also have five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Myrtle worked as a cook's assistant in the Ostrander Schools, starting in 1968 and retiring in 1986. William retired from Ruan, becoming a custodian and bus driver for a number of years before passing away on Oct. 3, 1998.

As a couple they traveled several times to Branson, Mo., with William especially enjoying the violin and guitar music. In fact, William's uncle made a violin for William, and he played for many dances when they were younger ... they both enjoyed dancing.