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Duckworth, Mildred Byfuss, 1899
    Died September 1976

Mildred Byfuss was a native of Albion, born March 19, 1899, the daughter of William H. and Mary Wochholz Byfuss. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wochholz, were pioneer settlers in the Albion area.

Mildred graduated from Albion High School in 1918 and attended Albion College in 1920-21. She received her B.A. in 1936 from the future Eastern Michigan University. From 1924 to 1927 she taught fourth and fifth grades at the Central School in Albion, and from 1927 to 1944 taught elementary and junior high classes in Dearborn, Michigan. She returned to Albion and taught at the Gardner Grade School from 1944 to 1947. From 1953 until her retirement in 1964, she taught at Dalrymple School.

After retiring, Mildred worked as a coordinator of the basic education program offered by the Albion Public Schools through its adult education program. She was also a longtime member of the Albion Historical Society, serving as a trustee.

Mildred married Colonel Joseph Duckworth on June 27, 1947. He was a colorful civilian and Air Force aviator who was the first person to fly through the eye of a hurricane. They raised a daughter and two sons. Mildred died in September of 1976.

Source: Albion Evening Recorder, September 8, 1976

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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