Dorothy Nelson was born February 27, 1916, at Hale Hospital in Haverhill, MA. She was raised on the Nelson family homestead in Goshen, NH. She attended Goshen schools and graduated from Stevens High School in Newport, NH in 1932. She was too young to enter nurses’ training, and probably also because there was too little money, it was suggested she go back to high school for another year. She graduated from Worcester State Teachers College in 1937.
Dot was one of a handful of Worcester State graduates who landed jobs in 1937. To Eugene Curry and others in the administration of the small farming village of Cummington, MA, she was a most attractive candidate: she was a white Protestant farm girl, “one of their own.” Her starting salary for the 1937/38 school year was $980. Her contract was not renewed for the 1938/38, she suspects because she refused extra-curricular activities with one of the School Board members.
Dot roomed in Cummington with Rollin and Nellie Bates. One day Lewis Bates, their neph-ew, brought his mother to visit, and apparently it was the proverbial Love at First Sight. Dot and Lewis were married in Groveland, MA, at the home of Dot’s Aunt Mill and Uncle Walter Littlefield on November 22, 1938.
Buried MAY 2007, Plain Cemetery, Ashfield, MA.
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