Story of June
June Mills was
July 5, 1914 to Tyra and Cora Mills of rural Keenes, IL.
was a prosperous farmer.
family went to
Temple Methodist Church.
church preached salvation by grace. They
held revival meetings and those who repented were baptized in the creek. Methodists
used to be very evangelistic, much
Methodist Church is far different.
“Converted” in 1927 and
baptized Aug 1927.
walked to the
country school in the neighborhood. A
change came for her when her parents decided she should go to high
This was a
big deal, most people in the rural
neighborhood did not go to high school.
necessary for her to live in Mount Vernon to go to high school.
graduated from Mt.
High School and went to college at what is now Southern Illinois
time it was at least
mainly a college for training future teachers.
in many one-room country schools.
probably the late
got a job teaching at Duncan School in Perry County, IL.
that rural neighborhood she met Robert
they were married
September 23, 1943, in Geneva, IL.
had been teaching
female teacher got married
she would no longer be allowed to teach school.
women “did not work outside the home”.
were different then, to say the
Cora Mills “did
That is she
did not hitch up
the horses and go work in the field.
chickens, grew a big garden and canned the produce.
was a big part of what the family ate. All
cooking was done on a wood-burning
laundry she had to heat
water in a big cauldron and wash the clothes on a washboard. Cora
made lye soap for the family to use. But
she “did not work”.
June could no
teach school. By this time Robert had shipped out to the Pacific and
for the rest of the war.
Oregon and got a job at a shipyard. This
was during WWII, and the nation was mobilized for war.
first job at the shipyard was cutting big
sheets of metal with a welding torch.
“Rosie the Riveter”.
found out she had a college education or maybe they just
figured out she had a brain.
transferred to working in the shipyard office.
in the shipyard for the rest of the war.
times June worked in
and as a waitress.
worked as a
nurse at a hospital.
some of this is uncertain, although it must have been during her
the war ended
home from the Army.
farmed in Jefferson County, IL.
lived in the house which had belonged to June’s Grandfather,
near June’s parents,
Tyra and Cora Mills.
part of his family farm and farmed in Perry County Illinois. June
taught school in a variety of
is a good job
decided to quit teaching
and just be a farm wife.
at Tamaroa High School needed a teacher.
nearly time for the school year to start. So
he drove out to the McKinstry farm and
asked June to teach.