She was born 9-27-1916 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the youngest of five children - three sisters and a brother. Her dad owned a bus line and when they decided to move to California in 1920 he sold all but one bus using it as their mode of transportation. The five kids ranged in age from 13 to 3 and it took them 6 weeks to make the journey. Every night they would pitch a large canvas tent to cook and sleep in.
When they arrived in San Pedro that tent became their home on a rented vacant lot. There were many people living in tents at that time, so it wasn't unusual. About a year or so later, Millie is not sure exactly, her dad bought a lot up the hill from there and set the tent up permanently on a wooden platform. Sometime later her grandparents moved to California and they all built two small houses on that lot where Milly has many happy memories.