Edith Ottens' 100th birthday


Edith May Osborn was born March 17, 1906, in Yampa. On Friday, Edith Ottens will celebrate her 100th birthday at her home in Craig.

She was the third child of nine born to Charley Bluford and Effie May Osborn. Her brothers Everett, Marion, Floyd, Lowell, Bill and Kermit have all passed away, but Edith keeps in regular contact with her brother Kenneth Osborn who ranches south of Hamilton on Deer Creek and her sister, Naomi Durham, who ranches in the Axial Basin.

As a young child, Edith has vivid memories of traveling house to house with her mother to try to make extra money selling milk products.

The Osborns moved to the Craig area a few years later, and Edith's father ran a freight company using a team of horses and a wagon. Edith's mother opened a bakery in a building on the Victory Highway (East Victory Way) near Fortification Creek where she baked and sold fresh cakes, pies and bread daily.

Her parents bought a ranch from the Jarvis family out on Deer Creek south of Hamilton when Edith was about 10 years old.

As the editor and writer for Craig's high school publication, The Maverick, Edith was nicknamed the class "poetess" when she graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1925. Before graduating from high school, she took the test to be certified as a teacher after attending Gunnison College several summers. She enjoyed teaching in the winter for six years after she graduated from high school.

Edith married Albert Ottens on Aug. 30, 1931, in Rifle. The Ottenses are well-known for their 50 year tenure as the proprietors of the Hamilton General Store and Post Office.

Albert and Edith retired to St. George, Utah, after selling the store in Hamilton in 1968. Albert died in 1982. Edith and Albert had four children: Emily, David and Beverly and the late Shirley.

Edith returned to Craig in 1997 to be close to her family and friends. She has 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Friends and family members are invited to attend Ottens' 100th birthday celebration Friday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at her home.

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