Myron Daellenbach


Myron Daellenbach was born to Christian and Wilmina (Minnie) Daellenbach in July of 1912.  Christian had emigrated from Switzerland and Minnie’s grandparents came from Germany.  The family had a 40-acre farm near Abbotsford, Wisconsin.  Christian milked Guernsey cows and delivered milk.  Myron’s mother developed scarlet fever about the time of Myron’s birth and the birth was not recorded with the county.  Myron was without a birth certificate until the time that he and Irene adopted Joan, and Irene thought it was time to make his birth legal.  Myron had two brothers, Osward and George and three sisters, Estella, Lucille and Doris.  In 1914, the family moved to Coomer, Wisconsin, South-East of Siren.

Myron went through eight years of school and graduated from the Coomer School.  He then moved to Colombia Heights where he went to school two nights a week to learn Mechanical Architecture drafting. 

Myron, walked through life with the same philosophy he had as a young man working on a fur farm some 70 years ago:  always tell the truth and always give your employer as much as he expects of you and more if at all possible.  The last year that he worked at the fur farm, they went bankrupt and he received a $2.70 check for the whole year.  However he never regretted his time there.  He gained his common sense education, learned to do book work, record keeping and how to be an effective boss.  He used these tools well through his many years at Simonson Lumber and his numerous volunteer interests; council member of City of St. Croix Falls, St. Croix Falls Hospital Board, his church, EMT and fire department and the Polk County Museum.  He has drawn over 1,000 plans for homes, churches and additions.  If you bought your materials at the lumberyard, Myron would draw your plans. 

Myron met his wife, Irene, on a blind date, the last day in 1935.  He was working for Simonson Lumber in St. Paul at the time.  She was from Fargo, North Dakota where she worked in the office at a Gamble-Skogmo Store, of which her brother was originator.  They had a few fun stories:  Irene would write letters but only send half at a time.  When Myron answered, she would then reply with either the right or left half of the last letter plus half of the new one.  Myron chuckles over the time in the movie theater when they were dating.  He felt some movement on his leg and looked over at Irene who sat with hands in lap.  He reached into his pant leg and pulled out a mouse.  Thereafter this was known as the Mouse Theater.  They were married in 1937.  Irene worked as a nurse at the hospital in St. Croix Falls, usually nights as they raised their four children, Gretchen, Charles, Joan and Peter.  Irene died in 1991 of an amorism.  Myron said, “God, she was quite a gal, a clever gal!” 

Myron dearly misses Irene, but his premier philosophy continues to this day:  “The Lord has been good to me, for which I thank him.”