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Miles, Mayta Bohm, 1894
    Died March 19, 1950

Mayta Bohm was born in Albion on December 27, 1894, the daughter of Gus and Lena Bohm. She graduated from Albion High School in 1914. She married Bernard Miles in 1919 and they had two daughters.

Both Mayta’s father and her husband died young. The surviving women – Mayta, her mother, and her siblings – had to work, some leaving school early. One sister worked as a serving girl, one sister as a tailor’s assistant, and one brother worked as a molder at a foundry. Mayta herself worked at Union Steel Products.

Mayta studied music at Albion College for a year. She and her three brothers, George, Al, and Gustave, were all fine musicians and formed a saxophone quartet that played around the area. George and Al owned the Bohm Theater, still in operation today. There Mayta played the piano for seven years for silent films, learning to match the music to the mood of each scene. Her brother Gustave also played in John Philip Sousa’s band. Mayta died in Battle Creek on March 19, 1950, at age 55.

Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room

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

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