According to the Reading Eagle (1949), Myrtle began working with dynamite because her husband couldn’t find an assistant. A young mother at the time, she brought her four year old son along to jobs. In 1949, Myrtle was both a grandmother and a newly licensed dynamiter. Although she was believed to be the only licensed dynamiter in the state of Wisconsin, the law forbid women from working on blasting operations near mines and quarries. Unable to find an independent position, Myrtle continued working for her husband.