Milliken, Lorene Francis

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Milliken, Lorene Francis

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  • Milliken, Lorene Frances Ritz

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Lorene Francis Milliken was born July 16, 1907 in Humbolt, Saskatchewan, as Lorene Francis Ritz. Her parents were Otto Ritz and Emma Walker Dawes. She moved to Winnipeg in 1915 and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1928. She then taught in rural schools in Manitoba and worked as a secretary-librarian for the Winnipeg Normal School. In 1932, she married David Milliken and they had two sons, William Dawes and David Erskine.

She began writing, and during the 1950's came out with some chapbooks for publication, as well as a novel. She used the pen-name Sylvia Dawson from time to time, and published a series of chapbooks. They are; "My Soul Sings", "White Orchids", "A Morning Mood-", "Manitoba Landscape", and "Princess of Aune". As well, she published two books of prose pieces, "New Poems and Prose Pieces". and "Interludes", and a novel, entitled The Street of the Red Coat.

Lorene Francis Milliken maintained membership in the Women's Canadian Club, Women's Musical Club, the Inner Wheel club, the University Women's Club, -United College Women's Auxiliary, St. Andrew's United Church, the Winnipeg Poetry Society, and the Canadian Authors Association. Mrs. Milliken was involved with the Women's Auxiliary to the Shriner's Hospital, and the Women's Committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She died on April 14, 1990 in Winnipeg.

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1907 Born Humbolt Saskatchewan, Lorene Francis Ritz
1915 Moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba
1928 Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba
1932 Married David Milliken
1952 Published first chapbook, "White Orchids"
1953 Published "A Morning Mood"
1955 Published "My Soul Sings"
1956 Published "Princess of Aune"
1957 Published "Interludes", a book of Prose.
1958 Published "New Poems and Prose Pieces"
1958 Published first and only novel, The Street of the Red Coat


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Created by Debbie Caseburg (April 1990). Revised by N. Courrier (February 2019).



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