Tribute to a Former Capper’s Farmer Editor in the Good Old Days

Dorothy Miller was one of the women of WWII who found her first job writing and editing for Capper’s Farmer.

| Summer 2015

  • From 1943 to 1945, Dorothy Miller enjoyed her dream job as the Associate Home Editor for Capper’s Farmer in downtown Topeka, Kansas, earning $150 a month.
    Photo courtesy Dorothy Miller
  • An article Dorothy wrote under the pen name Holly Miller, which appeared in the August 1944 issue of Capper’s Farmer.
    Photo courtesy Dorothy Miller
  • The telegram Dorothy received in 1943, after her interview with Marianne Kittell, letting her know she got the Capper’s Farmer editor position.
    Photo courtesy Dorothy Miller
  • While covering the Flying Farmers Convention in Oklahoma in 1945, Dorothy had the opportunity to fly a small plane.
    Photo courtesy Dorothy Miller

We were recently contacted by Dorothy Miller, currently of Cincinnati, who just discovered that Capper’s Farmer is again being published. She was excited to hear it — and with good reason. Dorothy, now 92, spent two years in Topeka, Kansas, as the Associate Home Editor for Capper’s Farmer in the 1940s, while her husband, Bob, was in the Navy.

Dorothy has just finished writing a book about her life — for her family — and one of the chapters details her time working at Capper’s Farmer.

Following are excerpted portions from her book. We hope you enjoy our tribute to Dorothy, and we would like to thank her for the part she played in helping shape Capper’s Farmer into the magazine it is today.

College Days

At the beginning of my senior year, the military draft took the editor of the Agricultural Student. I was asked to be editor. I was the first woman editor, and got lots of publicity. Being editor took so much time that I didn’t have time to work. I took out a $200 loan. But it was worth it. The experience helped get me my dream job with Capper’s Farmer.



Editor’s Job, 1943-1945

I had always wanted to be a writer for a magazine. I had applied to several magazines, and got back nice letters. One of them went to Capper’s Farmer. Capper’s Farmer Home Editor Marianne Kittell came all the way from Topeka, Kansas, to interview me. She offered me the job for $150 a month. It was my dream job, so I accepted.

On my first day, everyone welcomed me. My first job was to go through a stack of recipes that had been sent in and sort out the ones we would publish. I was afraid to reject any!






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