MILDRED, a small community of 35 residents, is located on US-59 just south of the Anderson County line. The town was founded in 1907 as the home of the Great Western Portland Cement Company and named after the daughter of Great Western’s president.
Mildred’s founding and early development were centered almost entirely on the cement plant, which by 1912 employed approximately 375 workers. However, the general slump in the cement industry prior to World War I caused the plant to close in 1917. The plant would reopen later, only to close permanently in 1930. Mildred’s high school graduated its last class in 1944, and the community now falls within the Marmaton Valley School District.
Mildred’s population and economic base have dwindled with time, but the town still supports the famous Charlie Brown’s Market on the town’s main street. Aside from this center of commerce and community news, Mildred is quiet today. Only time can predict what the next century will bring for this small but proud Allen County community.