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Rose Schneider was born in Nuremburg, Germany, on this date in 1929, and grew up during the chaotic times of World War II. After the war, young Rose served as a court reporter during the Nuremburg trials. She also went to school, training as a nurse. Rose met and fell in love with a young American Army Sergeant serving in Germany, LaMarr Myers.

LaMarr was born in Timber Lake, South Dakota, in 1929. He grew up on the family farm and attended a one room school house. He joined the Army in 1951 and served until 1953.

Rose and LaMarr were married in Ansbach, Germany. They moved to America and settled on a small ranch near Timber Lake. They had no electricity or running water, quite a change for Rose from living in big German cities.

Rose and LaMarr later moved near Fort Yates, North Dakota, to the Diamond Z Ranch owned by Buch and Thelma Luger, and they were soon considered part of the Lugar family.

Rose would open a restaurant in Fort Yates that operated for many years. People loved Rose’s cooking and baking. On the side, she cooked for an archeological team camping north of Fort Yates. Rose also served as the camp’s nurse and rattlesnake wrangler.

In 1971, Rose and LaMarr moved to Mandan where Rose worked for many restaurants including Jerry’s Supper Club and the Gourmet house. LaMarr got a job at the State Penitentiary cattle ranch, becoming corrections officer, instrumental in getting the famous North Dakota Prison Rodeo started. An excellent horseman, LaMarr worked as the main pickup man at all of those rodeos.

After Rose and LaMarr retired, they moved north of Mandan along the Missouri where LaMarr spent many hours enjoying the river, fishing and raising a garden. Rose taught LaMarr how to knit and together made many scarves, pot holders and blankets.

Rose and LaMarr had 2 sons and a daughter, Gary, Linda and Guy. Their son, Gary Frederick Myers, a Marine, was killed while serving in Vietnam in 1968. LaMarr passed away in 2008, and Rose in 2011.

Dakota Datebook by Scott Nelson

Obituaries for Rose and LaMarr Myers, ND Vietnam casualties, Gary F. Myers

Dakota Datebook is made in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and funded by Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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