If you have read the cover of my book, Shooting Star, you know that the reason I became interested in the Dole Race and Mildred Doran’s role in it, is because she was my mother’s older sister. She did not say much about her and it was only after I inherited a box of stuff all relating to Mildred that I began to research the story in earnest. I continue to research, and came across a photo of my mother that appeared in newspapers during the futile search for Mildred. My mother was only 12 at the time. Pictures of her are rare as by the time she was 13, both her parents had died and she moved in with relatives. It’s another benefit of the research I have done over the last 8 years.

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