Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dash Between: Millie Arthrell taught history long after retiring from the Oberlin schools

Millie Arthrell first taught professionally at the Oberlin School of Commerce, a business school, in 1932 when she was 19.

When she was 40, she finally got her chance to take college courses when Kent State University offered cadet teaching classes in Elyria, Ohio.

She taught elementary school students in the Oberlin schools for 20 years, retiring in the late 1970s.

But instead of taking her leave from teaching, she began a second career, giving entertaining and informative presentations on such topics as the Underground Railroad, Oregon Trail and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Millie also brought historic figures to life, including such famous folks as Teddy Roosevelt, Harriet Tubmand and Laura Ingalls Wilder and lesser known figures like abolitionist and women's rights advocate Lucy Stone, who lived in the 1800s.

Click here to read "The Dash Between" Jan. 6, 1913, when Millie was born Mildred E. Haulk on a farm in Pittsfield Township, Ohio, and Dec. 22, 2010, when the retired Oberlin teacher and historian died at age 97 in Tulsa, Okla. Her Dash was published in the Jan. 16, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

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