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AACHM Oral History: Thekla Mitchell

Sun, 11/08/2020 - 9:27am

Thekla Mitchell

Thekla Mitchell: Thekla White was born in 1921 in Newport, Arkansas, the youngest of nine siblings. At age 22, she traveled to Ann Arbor to visit her sister. After getting a job at Cunningham’s Drug Store, she decided to stay. She worked at the University of Michigan Hospital as a nurses’ aid and laboratory assistant in the Pathology Department for 24 years. Known as “Dimples” to friends and family, Mrs. Mitchell was active in community organizations including the Ann Arbor Civic Club and the Order of the Eastern Stars.

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Judges Breakey and Ager Congratulate Dimitrelias Family As They Become U.S. Citizens, November 1964

Judges Breakey and Ager Congratulate Dimitrelias Family As They Become U.S. Citizens, November 1964 image
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Ann Arbor News, November 26, 1964
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A Family Affair - Yesterday's naturalization ceremony was a family affair for Mrs. George Dimitrelias and her three daughters former Greek nationals who were greeted in Circuit Judge James R. Breakey's (right) chambers following the official proceeding in the courtroom. The new citizens are left to right Niki Mrs. Dimitrelias, Sophia, and Kiki. The girls declined to give their ages, prompting Judge William F. Ager Jr. (left) to comment that they had become "real American girls." The judges presided jointly to admit 28 persons to citizenship.