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Kitchens, Mildred

Kitchens, Mildred

Kitchens, Mildred

Date: Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Interview 297a: In this telephone interview with Patsy Colbert, Diboll native Mildred Griffith Kitchens answers questions about growing up in Diboll and Lufkin, going to college in Denton, working for the Works Progress Administration in various parts of East Texas, and marriage during World War II.  Mrs. Kitchens remembers the Durham and Chandler families, going to school in Diboll’s small school, transferring to Lufkin’s schools, and starting the cheerleading program in Lufkin.  She recalls Lufkin coach Abe Martin and writing a column for the Lufkin Daily News.  Mrs. Kitchens also talks about earning money to attend college at what is now Texas Women’s University during the Depression and her first job after graduation as a social worker for the WPA.  She also tells Patsy about meeting her husband and marrying him before he was sent overseas during World War II.