IN HIS Twice Told tales in the Enterprise recently, Bruce Yarnall wrote in the 50 years ago portion that Terry Tickhill (daughter of Walter and Helen Walker Tickhill) was the first Barnesville High School student to receive a National Merit Scholarship. But, she had to earn the rest of the cost to go to college. So, with the money from raising Hereford cattle and the 25 cents an hour she earned working at the family-owned Fairyland, she began her studies at The Ohio State University in 1967. In her sophomore year at OSU, she joined an Institute of Polar Studies group of women who made the first research trip by females to travel to and study Antarctica. She was graduated from OSU in 1971.
SOME VERY lean years followed as she pursued her doctorate degree at the University of Georgia. For 18 months she survived on a $5 a month food allowance! How could she? She explained that she found a place where she could buy three loaves of bread for $1; three dozen eggs for a $1; free parsley at the meat counter; cheap peanut butter; pick your own fruits and vegetables for 10 cents a pound; and there was a pecan tree in the yard. After that experience, she left and took a position teaching botany at the University of Wyoming. During that period she completed her dissertation for her doctorate degree which she received from the University of Georgia in 1976.
A CAREER with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began in 1976 and continued until 2000. Those years took her to almost all of the U.S. states requiring a lot of travel for various assignments. When she was ordered back to Washington, D.C. for the third time, she resigned and joined the National Park Service.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN National Park would be her new career until she retired in 2006.
WHEN TERRY was just a little girl, she sat on her mother's lap when Helen was at the sewing machine. When Terry was about three year old, she could sew and made clothes for her dolls, and then advanced to making some of her own clothes and other things. In 1981 Helen related to Terry that she had seen a program on TV on making a quilt in one day. Both mother and daughter tired it, and although they didn't pursue that method, it started Terry on a career in quilt making and more importantly a career in quilt history and a study in fabrics. Her passion for quilt history has resulted in nation-wide groups, publications and organizations of which Terry has become active. Several of her research papers have been published. Terry in Colorado and a woman in Delaware have been working on a project together, although they have never met in person. However, they will finally meet in person at the end of this month when they take part in a textile symposium in historic Williamsburg, Virginia.
TERRY HAS returned to her home in Colorado where she lives on a nine-acre farm and raises a variety of chickens, and has a large garden where she raises all kinds of vegetables and plants. She loves her chickens and keeps them only to watch and provide eggs which she sells.
TERRY RETURNED to her home last Thursday after spending a week here in a Tickhill family apartment as she attempted to organize items that were in the family home for many years. Both physically and emotionally, it's one of the most difficult tasks in her fascinating and successful life.
jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.