About Millie Morton

Millie MortonMillie Morton is a sociologist and author. Her publishing credits include articles in Expedition, Americas, and Horticulture. Recently, she’s written numerous memoirs in Vista, the publication of the Seniors Association in Kingston, Ontario. Grace is her first book.
She grew up on a farm near Stirling, Ontario, and attended a one-room elementary school. After graduating from the University of Guelph, she earned a Ph.D. at Cornell University. Her work as a sociologist took her to many countries. She taught in Nigeria and the United States. She did research in Latin America and Africa.  In 2003, she received a Centenary Award from the University of Guelph for contributions to applied social science and international development.
She is an enthusiast for small museums, local history, and nature walks. She lives with her husband in Kingston.

4 thoughts on “About Millie Morton

  1. Ron Scott

    My name is Ron Scott. I met you at the historical society in Norwood last week. I just finished reading your book and found it to be an enjoyable and easy read. I believe the “Max” referred to in the early chapters was my father. I know he was also born in 1907 and sang in the church choir and was a dairy farmer just south of the Donegal school. After reading the book I tend to feel a little sorry for my father. I know that sending her a message saying that is would save him a bother if she was to come by train sound a little uncaring but I think there might have been extenuating circumstances. At the time he was young and the only male helper on the farm. His father who I believe was not an easy man to live with contracted cancer at that time which would have increased the time restraint on my father and he would have had a problem getting to Wellman’s Corners and back for the program in Peterborough. I believe he was devastated when he received the letter asking for the picture back and I know that he still remembered your mother many years later. I recall when driving him to my sisters place in Kingston when we passed through Sine he would point to a house and relate how he once had a girl friend, a teacher, who lived there. He would have been in his mimeties at that time. He lived to be 98 and had been a successful farmer, reeve, and warden of the county of Peterborough,
    Thanks for making the effort to ensure that history is not lost.
    Ron

    REPLY:
    Thanks so much for sharing a broader understanding of Max and the story behind the letter. Grace spoke highly of all the young people she knew when she lived in Asphodel. I believe they had a camaraderie that was special.
    I was delighted to talk to the Historical Society and hope to come back during the summer to see the Heritage Exhibit. Thanks for telling me about your dad. I’m happy you enjoyed the book.
    Millie

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  2. Patricia Calder

    Hi Millie,
    We met yesterday at the Spirit of the Hills writers’ group in Grafton. I’m the author of Roadblock, a novel about a family’s grief recovery. I read your book yesterday when I got home and felt it resonate. After I moved to Colborne, I discovered that my great grandparents, on my father’s mother’s side, were married here and lived here on a farm the rest of their lives. Perhaps our grandparents knew each other!
    I couldn’t put your book down until I had finished it. What a beautiful story, so well written. It was a real thrill for me to read about places and events that resonated with my own personal experience. We have been privileged to witness the development of Can. Lit. It is so important for people to be able to read their own stories of their own land and people. Thank you.
    I hope you do write about your insights of Africa. It would be a telling story.
    Patricia Calder
    http://www.patriciacalder.ca
    Reply:
    Pat,
    You made my day! Thanks for your thoughtful comments on Grace. I’ve added some of your comments to the What Readers Say page on this website.
    Millie

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  3. Elsie Lanty

    I just finished reading your book ‘Grace’ and it was lovely. My Mother was born in England out of wedlock in 1908, raised by the Anglican Church and came to Toronto as a home child at age 15. She got married in 1928 and we all lived in Lansing, Ontario (now Willowdale) during my growing up years. It was mostly all farmland then so I could connect quite well with your messages.

    I loved most of my teachers but there were a few I didn’t like at all. My friend and I got the strap on our hands in public school because we thought St. Patrick’s Day should be a holiday so we took one. Then we were afraid to go back. Strapping kids is a form of assault and battery so it’s a good thing it was discontinued.

    You look like your Mother’s pictures. I’m a member of the North York Historical Society so I was there when you came to speak. I found the map very useful when reading the book and I’ve always liked maps. That’s why I’ve got a B.A. in Geography.

    Regards and thanks for writing that book.
    Elsie
    Toronto

    Hi Elsie,
    I also remember times in childhood when I was humiliated at school, and when I was not believed (though I was telling the truth). There were lots of good times too, but those feelings stay with me. Your comments made me realize the importance of the stories illustrating how Grace resolved difficulties at school without labelling and without violence.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
    Millie

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  4. susan

    HI.
    I was at the TRL today, and I saw that you would be speaking on your book
    I would like to know if you’d consider speaking at our Historical Society
    Swansea, 95 Lavinia Ave. The meetings are the first Wednesday of the month
    We are booked though until December of this year.
    Susan

    Answer: I enjoy speaking to historical societies. Grace’s life illustrates some of the ways Ontario and education changed during the twentieth century. I’ll be in touch offline to work out a mutually convenient date.
    Millie

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