Mildren Uhler: Remembers time as correspondent

Written by David Green.

By LISA KLOK

The Fayette Review was not just a local newspaper to Mildred Uhler, it was also a past employer.

Mildred began working as the Munson correspondent for the Fayette Review while she was still in high school and while Gaylord Yost was still the publisher. 

mildred “Really what it was was a gossip thing,” Mildred said.

As a correspondent, Mildred would call Munson residents to find out who was going to visit whom and who had come to visit whom, information not printed much today.

Mildred said people were really interested in the information because they liked to know what their neighbors were doing.

“It was a human interest thing,” Mildred said.

Mildred also kept track of school and church events and noted them in her column as well.

Every Monday, Mildred would make her weekly calls to everyone in town. She said she got to know Watha Severnce, who worked as a telephone operator, very well.

After gathering the information, Mildred would write out the report and mail it into Fayette.

“That’s when the mail still went directly from Munson to Fayette and not through Toledo first,” Mildred said.

Mildred enjoyed her time working for the Fayette Review not only because she knew what was happening in the community, but also because writing came naturally to her, as she kept detailed diaries through many years of her life.

Mildred stopped writing for the paper when the Parsons took over the Review.

“They didn’t want that kind of gossip anymore. The paper became more news oriented,” she said. And shortly after she stopped working for the paper, Mildred moved to Maryland with her husband, Wayne, who was in the service.

Looking back at her job at the Fayette Review, Mildred said that it was just a reflection of the way things were then.

“That’s what the news was then. We were country folks,” she said.

   - April 14, 2004
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