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Gertrude Myer Bollie

Gertrude Myer was born in Yorktown, Pennsylvania in December of 1883, the same year that Madrid became incorporated as a city.

In 1914, she left her home state and went to Oregon, where she was employed by the University of Oregon for a period of nine years.

The daughter of Ed and Ellen Myer, Gertrude was one of a family of six children.

In 1925, she married Frank Bollie of Madrid, and they farmed east of Madrid for a number of years. Mrs. Bollie has always been a lover of flowers, and had a greenhouse on her farm property. She conducted her plant and vegetable business until she reached the age of 96.

A short time after that, Mrs. Bollie suffered a fall, breaking her hip. Since that time she has made her home at Granger Manor, Granger, Iowa.

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