Erma Giles was born in Porter, March 4, 1913 to Edgar and Alice (Brooks) Giles. She was the youngest of 3 children. She attended local schools, graduated from Porter High School in 1930 and attended Nasson Institute in Springvale.
At age 24 Erma opened a clothing shop on the ground floor of the Malvern Hotel on River St. (owned by her father) and was there for 10 years. When he sold the hotel in 1947 she moved her shop across the river to the Stanley Block building. “Erma’s Apparel Shop” served the local community from that location until her father died. In 1958 she bought the building next to the Kezar Falls Market on Bridge St. She and her mother lived above the store. There she continued her shop until her death February 16, 1976,
Erma sold clothing of fine quality, was a respected business woman and was active in the community. She lived at home to care for her elderly parents and never married.