Mina had a rather interesting history. She was casually referred to as the old battle axe of a grandmother. She was a very strong-willed person, to say the least. She worked as a teacher and then as a secretary. She was one of the first women to graduate from Elmira Shorthand College. She used her money to put her fiancee through law school. He then turned around and married someone who could be of more use to him and ended up a prominent judge in our area. She then married William Keeley Denton who was about 13 years younger than she was.
She was one of the first women to shorten her skirts, she rode a bicycle before 1900, led a girl scout troop while her daughter was growing up and took them camping and hiking, etc. Lived to be about 97. Had one leg amputated at 89 year of age and was out of the hospital and nursing home in just a few weeks. Continued to keep house and cook from her wheelchair. Up until the last year or so would sit up until 2:00 in the morning playing bridge with her 3 grandchildren. Her husband died of a heart attack.