Who was Nellie Hilton?
by Minnie Young
Every year, Eta Chapter awards the Nellie Hilton Scholarship to a junior Education major at Frostburg State University. But who was she? Here are a few articles gathered from The Cumberland News regarding Mrs. Nellie Blonskey Hilton.
November 24, 1940 - Mrs. Nellie Blonskey Hilton was honored at a dinner party Tuesday night at the Ali Ghan Country Club given by the faculty members of Pennsylvania Avenue School. Mrs. Hilton, a recent bride, is a member of the faculty. (The Baltimore Sun, page 103.)
June 2, 1941 - 13 - Nellie Blonskey Hilton graduates with a Bachelor of Arts from Western Maryland College. Local Graduates at Western Maryland Today, Cumberland Evening Times, page 9.
Aug 27, 1941 - Public School Teachers Selected - New instructors named for Allegany County by Education Board. Nellie Hilton was listed as Social Studies teacher at Fort Hill, listed under “White Schools” on page 9.
Jan 20, 1945 - Nellie Hilton and Robert Morris, Fort Hill Faculty, were in charge of program arrangements for the Student Council, which sponsored a rally. War bonds and stamps totaling $3979 were purchased at the rally, enough to purchase 3 jeeps.
May 9, 1946 - Fort Hill Dance, Faculty members in charge are Mrs. Nellie Hilton and Miss Pauline Payne.
1948 - News article about DKG meeting at Hotel Alexander, and “membership in Alpha Beta chapter upon Miss Margaret Hamilton and Miss Nellie Hilton of Washington, D.C.”
July 21, 1948 - Mrs. Nellie Hilton attended a two-week teacher's workshop held at the recently completed teachers' room at the Board of Education building on 108 Washington Street. The workshop is on classifying books, setting up card catalogues, and analyzing library collections. More Thank Textbooks Needed For Teaching, Cumberland Evening Times, July 21, 1948, page 11.
June 3, 1948 - Fort Hill Holds 1948 Class Day. Mrs Nellie Hilton, class social adviser.
Mar 19, 1949 - Obituary for her father, Edwin F. Wright
Oct 13, 1950 - She attended an Eta Chapter Fall Luncheon
December 6, 1950 - Mrs. Nellie Hilton was one of the critic teachers who attended the professional conference held at Frostburg State Teachers College. In Professional Conclave Held At State Teachers College, Cumberland Evening Times, page 14.
March 4, 1954 - Mrs. Nellie Hilton was one of the sponsors of "Parents Day," a new program on the school calendar for parents of seventh and eighth grade students at First Hill High School. Principal Victor D. Heist discussed the progress of students, the value of enrichment-type home life, the importance of each student learning to respect the rights and property of others, and the value of foreign language courses in junior high school.
June 6, 1953 - Mrs. Nellie Hilton received a Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland. In Area Students Graduate Today at U. of Md., The Cumberland News, page 9.
Aug 31, 1954 - Nellie Hilton was 2nd Vice President of Eta Chapter
Dec 17, 1954 Nellie Hilton presided the DKG Meeting in which they made a donation to Flintstone.
April 2, 1964 - Nellie Hilton attended an Eta Chapter breakfast meeting in which the manager of the Chamber of Commerce, Robert Peterson, spoke on "What are the Economic Problems of our Culture?" The meeting was held at the Ali Ghan Shrine. Mrs. Hilton was among the four hostesses for the meeting.
Oct 1, 1965 - Obituary for her mother, Blanche Layman Wright
December 10, 1965 - Mrs. Nellie Hilton, Mrs. Betty Naugle and Miss Betty Hammond carried out the theme, "The Child We Honor" in their discussion of the significance of Christmas during a meeting of the Lutheran Church Women. In Installation of Officers Held By Lutheran Church Women, Cumberland Evening Times, page 6.
1967 - Nellie Hilton's students had a hand in writing the Preamble for Maryland Constitution
- October 30, 1967, The Cumberland News p18: County Students' Suggested Preambles for Constitution Sent to Convention. Mrs. Nellie B. Hilton of Washington Junior High School submitted a preamble which was also sent to Annapolis along with the four outstanding student entries.
- December 19, 1967, The Cumberland News p 20: Students Help Prepare Constitution Preamble
November 25, 1966 - Mrs. Nellie B. Hilton, social studies teacher, provided a story of Thanksgiving which gave a history of the national day of thanks. School Holds Assembly for Thanksgiving, Cumberland Evening Times, November 25, 1966, page 19.
October 25, 1967 - Eight grade students at Washington Junior High School had the opportunity of hearing a woman who lived the first 30 years of her life in Norway talk about the Vikings. This program was made possible by the team-teaching efforts of Mrs. Nellie B. Hilton, social studies; G. Edgar Dawson, English; and Curtis O. Gilipin, mathematics. In Norweigian Native Tells Students About Vikings, The Cumberland News, October 25, 1967, page 39.
April 12, 1974 - Lutheran Women’s Club - Mother-Daughter Banquet, Nellie Hilton was president of decorations
August 5, 1977 - Nellie Hilton, presided the meeting of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Women. The meeting was in the form of a vesper service on the church patio. In St. Luke's LCW To Hold Dinner And Flower Mart, The Cumberland News, page 7.