Huldah Winsted (1885-1959), the school’s first librarian, received an M.A. degree at the University of Minnesota and also served as the geography instructor and school registrar, among other positions, during her many years of service. An important thing to understand about the early days of the school was that staff was limited, and the faculty were required to take on additional responsibilities beyond teaching.
Winsted's Illiteracy Poem
Winsted has been described as a writer, poet, patriot, and mentor. The book Plum Valley Women describes a particular level of mentoring of the girls of the time:
“A woman of manners, Huldah offered much advice to the young women in her charge. One of her students, Helen Davis Collinson (1912- ), remembered that Miss Winsted advised them to take magazines along on dates, so that if they had to sit on a man’s lap in a crowded car, they could put the magazine on his lab before sitting down. Helen said, ‘College girls, even then, were amused by this advice.'”
Winsted lent her support and skills as a poet to various public causes, as shown by her “Illiteracy Song".