Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 272


Katherine Louise “Kay” (Coffin) Mills was born in Ashland, Maine on February 24, 1917. Her parents, Lawrence Smith Coffin and Katherine (Trafton) Coffin, were potato farmers in Aroostook County. She attended Colby College, became a teacher at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine, and knew Margaret Chase Smith well. Her husband, S. Peter Mills, II, was U.S. Attorney for Maine. Her children include: Paul Mills, S. Peter Mills, III, Dora Ann Mills, Janet Mills, and David Mills.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; Aroostook County; Colby College; becoming a teacher; Uncle Bert, the town doctor; Margaret Chase Smith; Lyndon B. Johnson; Declaration of Conscience; Ashland traditions; teaching memories; and the CCC.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.