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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

Christian Science

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.

Folder Item Title
1 First Lesson in Christian Healing (handwritten) 22 Oct. 1890 (PDF)
3 Third Lesson in Christian Healing (handwritten) 3 Dec. 1890 (PDF)
5 Spiritual Absolutism—Pure Reality (handwritten) undated (PDF)
7 A Christian Scientist Among Reformers (handwritten) undated (PDF)
9 I Am Satisfied (handwritten) 18 Sept. 1890 (PDF)
11 Untitled (handwritten) undated (PDF)
13 The Ministry of Science—Daniel 1 (handwritten) undated (PDF)
15 Untitled (handwritten) undated (PDF)
17 Ye Are Christ's and Christ is God's (handwritten) undated (PDF)
19 Untitled (handwritten) undated (PDF)
20 Apostolic Ministry (handwritten) undated (PDF)

Personal Files

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.)

Folder Item Title
287-300 Miscellaneous letters and booklets (PDF)
301-320 Receipts, certificates, schedules, articles (PDF)
321-345 Autograph book, certificates, letters, cards (PDF)

Wee Wisdom

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.

Silent Unity

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.

Posthumous Files

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.