CENTENARIAN — Rep. Roy Hollandsworth (HD-28) presents his mother Esther Turk with a special certificate from Gov. Brian Schweitzer at the PMC/ECU on Sunday. She was born on April 24, 1911 in South Dakota. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends on Sunday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Esther Weikum Hollandsworth Turk celebrated her 100th birthday at the Pondera Medical Center-Extended Care Unit on Sunday.
She was born on April 24, 1911 in Tyndal, S.D., the third of nine children to George and Katherine Weikum. She was the first of the nine children to be born in the U.S.A.
She grew up on the Weikum homestead at Aznoe, Mont. and went to school at the Aznoe country school.
Later the family moved to a farm near Brady. She went on to become a graduate of Brady High School in 1928.
She married Glenn Hollandsworth on Aug. 28, 1933 and they traveled to Chicago for the World’s Fair for their honeymoon. It was her first time outside of Montana and she was impressed by what she had seen and talked about that trip for many years. She was also intrigued, at the time, how the hunt was on for John Dillinger in the Chicago area.
From this marriage three children were born, Harvey in 1937, James in 1942 and Roy in 1947. She became a widow on Feb. 28, 1948 when Glen was killed.
She raised her three boys and managed the family ranch with the help of a fine old gentleman by the name of George Deardorff.
In 1960, Harvey, after finishing college started farming and ranching with his mother. Deardorff died in the spring of 1961.
Esther married Jim Turk on Sept. 21, 1962 and lived on his farm and in a home in Conrad until about 2001.
Jim liked to trap shoot so the couple did a lot of traveling to shooting meets and some trips south during the winter.
She became a traveler, going overseas with her sisters to Germany, visiting several states and taking a ship cruise.
Jim and Esther lived in the PMC-ECU together for six months before he passed away.
This marriage extended the family to three more boys, Ron and Larry Turk and Lee Thomas.
She was also an avid bowler and was on a women’s team and mixed team with Jim. She also liked to play golf, was active in the First Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star and the Soroptimist Club.