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Myrtle Mae Tobias was born in a logging camp in Northern Michigan. She w as a hard worker from a very early age. Being the second daughter, she he lped her mother with the younger children. She married Frank Shaul at t he age of 20, and gave birth to a son, Harry George, nine months later. T he marriage was not a good one with Myrt working long days to support Fran k, herself and their son. In 1924, Myrtle separated from Frank and beg an to support just herself and her son. Harry was left in the care of Myr tle's parents, George and Eva Tobias, and Myrtle went to Detroit to earn e nough money to support her family. She sent money to her parents on a reg ular basis and made frequent trips north to visit her son. As the Great D epression struck, Myrtle continued to work at any manual job she could ge t. All through this economic disaster, Myrtle sent money for her son a nd put money in a savings account in the bank. No matter how small her in come, something went in the bank.
In 1934, Myrtle married Anthony Detlof. Later that same year, she found o ut she had cancer of the uterus and that the University of Michigan was do ing experimental treatment with radiation. She saw this as her only chan ce to live and took it. Riding buses to and from treatment, she follow ed through until the cancer was burned away by the radiation. Unfortunatel y, the treatment left her with scar tissue in the abdominal area and in la ter life she would undergo many surgeries to have the scar tissue remove d. After one of the surgical bouts, upon returning home, she looked at t he kitchen, accused her husband, Tony, of frying something in her kitche n, and proceded to wash down all of the walls the next day. Myrtle was a v ery strong person, both in constitution and in personality.
[Br?derbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1, Ed. 3, Social Security Records: U .S., SS Death Benefit Records, Surnames Beginning with D, Date of Impor t: Mar 16, 1996, Internal Ref. #22.214.171.124111.190]
Individual: Detlof, Myrtle Birth date: Jan 2, 1900 Death date: Sep 1986 Social Security #: 380-22-2889 Last residence: MI 49721 State of issue: MI