Arnold, Orpha Pitkin, 1876
Nothing is known about Orpha’s early years, before her 1898 marriage to William R. Pitkin. During their marriage, they had one son, William M., who lived in Battle Creek during his adult years. Orpha’s husband died in 1909.
As a widow, Orpha worked in the field of home economics. From 1913 to 1917 she headed the home economics department at Hillsdale High School. In 1917 she came to Albion and introduced home economics to the college curriculum. She married a local physician, G. E. Arnold, in 1921, retiring in 1922. This was the same year that she received a B.A.
After retiring, Orpha was very active in community affairs. She was president of the Southwest District of Michigan Federation of Women’s Clubs from 1928 to 1930. In 1932 she was second vice-president of the state organization. She was appointed to the city library board in 1930 and was its president from 1933 to 1935. Orpha died of apoplexy on June 6, 1935.
Source: Albion Evening Recorder, June 6, 1935
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.