Eli Mittler received his early education in
the public schools of Marthasville, MO, and
graduated from high school there in 1927. He
began teaching in Warren County rural schools while
attending college himself and continued until he had
earned an Associate in Arts (1931) at Central
Wesleyan College followed by a Bachelor of Science
in Education (1937) at Central Missouri State
Teachers College (1937). He later added a
Master of Arts in Education (1945) and Doctor of
Education (1956) from the University of Missouri.
After earning his BSE, Mittler went to New Haven, MO
for a year as Principal of the elementary school
instructor in industrial arts at the high school.
From 1939 to 1945, he was Warren County
Superintendent of Schools, then for one year was
Superintendent at Warrenton. In 1946 he became
Director of In-Service Training at Northeast
Missouri State Teachers College. The next
year, his duties were expanded and he was named Head
of the Division of Extension Services and Director
of the Bureau of Placements, a position he held
At the request of the Board of
Regents, Dr Mittler stepped into the presidency of the college while
a search was conducted to fill the vacation left by the sudden
resignation of F Clark Elkins. He served for seven months,
from July 1, 1969 until the following February when Charles J
McClain took office. At that time, Mittler was named Vice
President and Graduate Dean. He was awarded the title of
President Emeritus when he retired July 1975, and his portrait was
added to those of his predecessors in the Presidents Gallery.
The Northeast Missouri Education Association also honored him at
retirement by naming a cabin for him at the Bunker Hill Camp
Grounds. He had served the organization as Executive Secretary
for many years.
Eli and fellow teacher Charlotte Belle West
(1909-1995) were married November 24, 1932. After spending
most of her career in public schools, Charlotte joined the Social
Science faculty at Northeast in 1963 and retired as Assistant
Professor in 1974. The couple's only son, Ted Warren, also
became a teacher.
Eli Frank Mittler, the son of Charls C and Emma (Fortman)
Mittler, was born September 9, 1909 in Marthasville, MO. He
died March 3, 1983 at his retirement home in Warrenton and was
buried at Marthasville Cemetery.