Meet Miss Tillie

The 2017 Helen Pouch Memorial fund Junior Doll



Daughters of the American Revolution Doll.  Sponsored by the Chief Shawano Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution - Gaylord, MI. Serving Northern lower and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  The DAR sponsors a doll each year named after a real person who has accomplished something above and beyond.  This year’s doll is offered in recognition of Matilda Foley.  The doll comes with several outfits, a school desk and a carrying case for all her accessories.   

Proceeds go to the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.  Authorized in 1938, this fund was named in memory of Helen Pouch, 1901-1919. Helen was the daughter of Helena R. Pouch, who became the first national chair of the Junior Membership Committee in 1937 and later served as President General from 1941-1944. The fund finances projects chosen by the Junior Membership Committee with prior approval of the Executive Committee. In the past the juniors have provided scholarships, medical aid, and general assistance to the DAR schools. The annual junior commitment totals more than $42,000. Meeting this commitment is a combined effort by juniors through their fundraising projects and by individuals who make donations to the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.

This is Matilda Foley’s story: 

My name is Matilda Foley but my family and friends call me Tillie. My parents met and married in Crawford County, MI and settled on property along the AuSable River which is now called Foley's landing in Oscoda County.  I was born in a one room log cabin in 1897 and grew up there.

My mother taught at the Lucerne school where my two sisters and brother and I learned very early that an education was very important. I always had a passion for learning and teaching others. When I was 16 years old I graduated from the Grayling High School with honors. I took the state teachers test and obtained my license to teach. I was the youngest person to ever teach in the state of Michigan. My first teaching position was at a one room log school in Lovells, Michigan, called the Lone Pine School. I taught there for two years. Then I moved to Mio to teach and in 1920 went down to Oakland County to attend the university to further my education. During the following years I studied hard and received several advanced degrees in education while continuing my teaching career.

At the end of WWII, at the request of the State Department, I served two years as a Lt. Colonel on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur. I served as the director of the National Education Association setting up the curriculum of Elementary and Junior High levels for the Japanese Government. After I retired from teaching, I continued my passion for education by serving on the Crawford County School Board. ?

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