Here’s some more interesting information about Mildred and her education:
From my Mom’s (Jane Thomas Abbate) notes on her Mother:
"Mother was closest to (her sister) Gladys, who was two years older than her. When time came for Gladys to go to school, she refused to go unless Mama went with her. Since it was a one room school house; the teacher, Mr. O.K. Jolley said, “just let Ball come, it won’t hurt anything”, so Mama started to school two years early. It must have been a good thing because Mama finished school with high grades and in those days if you did that you could teach school when you graduated."
Basically she started school at age 5 and finished 11 years later at age 16.
YOU GO GIRL!
My maternal grandmother, Mildred Arlene Silas was born on March 11, 1909 in Rentz, Georgia. She was the sixth child of John Franklin Silas, Jr. and Minnie Eucebia Alligood. Even though Mildred could have become a teacher after graduating from high school she did not choose that path. Instead, she married the love of her life, Daniel Claude Thomas, at the age of 16 on July 20, 1925. They moved to Miami, Florida, in the 1920s and lived there the rest of their lives. She was the mother of two daughters, Phyllis Margaret Thomas (1926-1999) and Eucebia Jane Thomas (1937-2012). She lived to get to know and enjoy each of her five grandchildren. Before her death February 26, 1989 she had six great-grandchildren with two more having been born after her death. Mildred died on February 26, 1989 in Hialeah, Florida. She is buried at Flagler Memorial Park in Miami, Florida where her husband and both daughters are also interred.
Want to try Grandma's famous Apple Salad? Check out the family recipe page.