Mrs. Bertha A. McMillan, who has been publishing the Macksville Enterprise since the death of her husband, the late A. L. McMillan, three years ago, is another of those widely quoted editorial paragraphers. She writes of homey things in life in "A Woman's Way" - salt risin' bread, Biblical quotations, with now and then a suggestion to husbands and wives on the romance of Kansas moonlight.
It was on April Fools day in 1900, the story goes, that Bertha A. Shaw entered the old Republican office in Stafford and learned the 'cae', as the printers would say. Soon she was writing locals, society news and anything else that goes to make up the country newspaper.
The late A. L. McMillan was then editor of the Republican and it may have been as Mrs. McMillan suggests - to cut down his payroll. At any rate he married his compositor and reporter. She became and for 25 years remained his associate editor, thus qualifying for membership in the Quarter Century Club, made of editors of 25 years standing or longer in Kansas.
Although she was not born there, Mrs. McMillan claims Nickerson as her first home. She settled there with her parents in 1886 when she was a very small child, and Nickerson a railroad town. In 1896 the Shaws moved to Stafford and in 1914, sometime after her marriage, Mrs. McMillan with her husband took over the Macksville Enterprise.
The Enterprise was one of the last hand set papers in Kansas and until two years ago, when a linotype was installed Mrs. McMillan did much of the hand composition as well as the writing.
She was the mother of two daughters, Mrs. Leigh Abbey and Mrs. Alex W. Howell of Macksville.
The Hutchinson Kansas Herald, December 13, 1936
Press and Publicity Prize for Kanza Chapter D.A.R.
Mrs. Bertha A. McMillan of Macksville, has been notified that she was awarded the prize as press and publicity chairman for Kansas Chapter, D.A.R. for the year 1952-53. The award was made at the state conference which convened at Salina February 19-21.
The prize was a check for $5.00.
Mrs. McMillan clipped and filed 378 column inches of publicity dailies, 178 inches in pictures and 56 inches from weeklies. These items all pertained to publicity for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Hutchinson Kansas Herald, March 5, 1953.
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Asbury Long McMillan (1859 - 1933)*
Maxine Helen Abbey (1903 - 1951)*
Josephine Virginia McMillan Howell (1908 - 1989)*
Plot: Block H, Lot 57
Created by: Richard Wesley
Record added: Jun 23, 2010
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