Myron Sr. was a Purchasing Agent for the railroads in Casper, Wyoming before getting involved in the oil business as a geologist,although he had no formal training. He married Winnifred at the age of 27. He also owned an ice cream company in Wyoming. The family of four moved out to California in 1922(?) in response to the oil boom there. Myron Sr. was instrumental in discovering the Terminal Island (Long Beach) oil field but was cheated out of most of his share of profits.