Myrtle Fillmore, with her husband Charles Fillmore, founded the international Unity movement. Her personal healing experience with prayer led to the Silent Unity prayer ministry. In 1893 she began publishing Wee Wisdom, a children’s magazine (no longer in print). She also wrote the children’s book, Wee Wisdom’s Way.
Fillmore served as a minister of the Unity Society of Practical Christianity and director of the Silent Unity Department. During her life she wrote thoughtful, joy-filled letters to people throughout the world requesting prayer. Her letters became the source for the books Myrtle Fillmore’s Healing Letters and How to Let God Help You.
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Myrtle Page Fillmore Chronology
|1845||Born as Mary Caroline Page on August 6 at Pagetown, Ohio, to Marcus and Lucy (Wheeler) Page; adopted “Myrtle” as a nickname|
|1866||Enrolled in the one-year program for women at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio|
|1867||Graduated from the Oberlin “Literary Course for Ladies” and received a teaching certificate|
|1868||Accepted a position in the public school in Clinton, Mo., near her brothers|
|1877||Secured a position as a teacher in Denison, Texas, and met Charles S. Fillmore, a clerk for the M.K. & T. Railroad|
|1878||Left Texas for Missouri; stayed with her brother in Clinton, Mo.|
|1881||Married Charles S. Fillmore on March 29 in Clinton, Mo.; they moved to Gunnison City, Colo., where they made their home for a season; moved to Pueblo, Colo., when mining boom broke; Charles, a notary public, started the real estate and insurance business “Charles Fillmore & Co.” which was succeeded by “Small, Fillmore & Co.”|
|1882||Gave birth to son, Lowell Page Fillmore, on January 4 in Pueblo, Colo.|
|1884||Gave birth to son, Waldo Rickert Fillmore, on June 1 in Pueblo, Colo.; moved from Pueblo and spent the winter in Omaha, Neb.|
|1885||Settled in Kansas City, Mo., where Charles Fillmore sold real estate|
|1886||Learned “spiritual healing” ideas from lecture by Eugene B. Weeks of Chicago; began blessing and praying with friends|
|1887||Received a certificate in July after taking a course instruction in the principles of Christian Science from Joseph Adams of Boston, Mass.|
|1888||Experienced healing of a tubercular condition|
|1889||Printed the premier issue of Modern Thought magazine in April|
|1889||Gave birth to son, John Royal Fillmore, on July 16 in Kansas City, Mo.|
|1890||Formed Society of Silent Help (Silent Unity)|
|1890||Received an ordination certificate on December 10 from the Christian Science Theological Seminary operated by Emma Curtis Hopkins.|
|1890||Received a certificate in July after taking a course instruction in the principles of Christian Science from Joseph Adams of Boston, Mass.|
|1893||Attended, with her husband, the World's Parliament of Religions during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; First served as editor of Wee Wisdom, Unity's children's magazine|
|1901||Attended a healing revival at Manitou, Colo.|
|1906||Ordained by the Unity Society of Practical Christianity on August 31|
|1909||Traveled to Manitou, Colo., in August to teach and visit friends|
|1914||Elected as vice president of the newly incorporated Unity School of Christianity|
|1918||Received a Certificate of Ordination from Unity School of Christianity|
|1929||Maintained an office at Unity Farm when Silent Unity moved on May 10|
|1930||Silent Unity office at Unity Farm returned to Kansas City on July 11 due to economic concerns|
|1931||Celebrated 50th wedding anniversary with Charles S. Fillmore and friends on March 29; Elected Queen of the May by Unity employees; Died on October 6 at Unity Farm|
This file contains handwritten lessons regarding the nature of God and humanity, likely resulting from attending the Christian Science Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. Of the 11 lessons, four are clearly identified as Myrtle's, six are unidentified and one is by J. P. Harper, a seminary classmate of the Fillmore's. Type-written versions of these materials are available in the Unity Archives.
The Personal File contains correspondence to family and friends, many dated before 1890, and includes letters between Myrtle and Charles Fillmore prior to their marriage. (A detailed list for each folder can be found in the Finding Aid.)
|287-300||Miscellaneous letters and booklets (PDF)|
|301-320||Receipts, certificates, schedules, articles (PDF)|
|321-345||Autograph book, certificates, letters, cards (PDF)|
These documents date from 1894 to 1927 and include correspondence, notes and papers related to Wee Wisdom, Unity's magazine for children founded and edited by Myrtle Fillmore. Two folders include correspondence and submissions to the “Home Department,” an early feature of the magazine. This portion of the Collection is not available online at this time. Please contact the Unity Archives for more information.
This file consists of incoming prayer requests and typewritten carbon copies of Myrtle Fillmore's responses between 1890 and 1931. Myrtle Fillmore corresponded regularly with many people who requested prayer. These materials require special consideration due to the confidentiality of the original requests. This portion of the Collection is not available online at this time. Please contact the Unity Archives for more information.
The Posthumous File includes articles written about Myrtle Fillmore collected after her transition in 1931. This portion of the Collection is not available online at this time. Please contact the Unity Archives for more information.
This database is published as a service to the public and to enhance scholarly research on the work and life of Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity movement. Donations to the project are gratefully accepted.