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1933 | Cherry County, Nebraska
Orthello's early education was in Plum Brush and Kilgore. She attended Chadron State Teacher's College and began her teaching career in 1933 with 18 students in 8 grades. She earned $50 a month, out of which she paid $10 for room and board and another $10 to repay her loan at the Farmer's State Bank in Kilgore. She spent 17 years teaching in different classrooms.