Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, March 12, 2001
Last of Eddy triplets passes away
By Lynda Jensen
The last chapter of an era closed when Ida (Eddy) Gilmer, 93, the last of the Eddy triplets, died March 5.
Gilmer was born to Ida and William Eddy on a farm south of Howard Lake in 1907. She was the only girl of the triplets, with two brothers, Howard and William.
The triplets became something of Howard Lake celebrities in the early part of the last century, attracting visitors from all over, since it was a rarity at that time to have triplets that survived. The Eddy family included several other children, as well as twins.
The Eddy triplets appeared in advertisements to promote the Howard Lake and Victor Nurseries as early as 1909 in the Howard Lake Herald. The nursery was owned by the Eddy family. One of the promotional pictures used for advertising is shown above.
When the triplet brothers served in World War II, it was also covered in the Herald.
Soon after the triplets were born, the Eddy family moved into a larger house in Howard Lake.
Gilmer graduated from the Howard Lake High School. After graduation, she worked for her father for seven years at the nursery.
She married Wes Gilmer in 1932, and farmed with him between Howard Lake and Cokato. Eventually, the couple built a new house in the city of Dassel.
In her latter years, Gilmer was known for her kindness and strong spirit. She would give pieces of butter toffee to children every Sunday at the Dassel Church of Christ, where she was a member.
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