Hilda Hut­ter reaches 105th birth­day in stride

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley mail photo by Terri Hux­ley

On Oc­to­ber 25, 2017, Hilda Hut­ter turned 105 years old.

Her life be­gan in 1912 in Ger­many where she wit­nessed both world wars and was even un­der em­peror rule. She was a nurse who was heav­ily in­volved in the wars.

She chose to im­mi­grate to Canada af­ter the wars as much de­struc­tion had oc­curred in­clud­ing her home­town.

Hut­ter’s fa­ther was a sought af­ter car­pen­ter but the fam­ily of 14 had lit­tle in­come to sup­port it­self.

Of the 12 sib­lings, only two re­main; Hilda and her youngest brother Bruno. She is the sec­ond old­est in the bunch. Their ages var­ied as some passed away early on while oth­ers held their longevity.

Her fa­ther had also passed away shortly fol­low­ing the end of the sec­ond war, caus­ing her to up­root and seek the wild west of Canada.

When she ar­rived in Hal­i­fax, she was sur­prised by the au­thor­i­ties de­ci­sion that her nurs­ing was in­ad­mis­si­ble.

She had been told dif­fer­ent be­fore her em­i­gra­tion to the coun­try. Her train­ing was later rec­og­nized.

She even­tu­ally made it to Drumheller dur­ing the boom­ing years of the coal mines. Here, her work­ing life was ded­i­cated to nurs­ing at the Drumheller Health Cen­tre.

Hut­ter now spends her days at the con­tin­u­ing care unit. Juergen Schae­fer is a Bi­ol­o­gist from Mu­nich, Ger­many, the rest of Hut­ter’s rel­a­tives re­side in the north of Ger­many. As her nephew and god­son, he vis­its ev­ery year es­pe­cially since af­ter her 100 birth­day.

Hilda Hut­ter (right) and her nephew Juergen Schae- day at the Con­tin­u­ing Care wing of the Drumheller fer group to­gether for a photo on Hut­ter’s 105 birth- Health Cen­tre.

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