Written by Teresa Arant Compton. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”
Emily is the daughter of Frank and Teresa Salerno. Emily graduated from Hoehne High School, attended Trinidad Junior College, and Western State. She taught school for several years in the Trinidad area (Holy Trinity, El Moro, North Garcia, and Tercio) before enlisting in the W.A.A.C. during W.W.II. She was a Quarter Master (T-5) and served in New Guinea and the Philippines. Emily received the Good Conduct Medal, two Victory Medals, the American Theater Medal, and the Asiatic/Pacific Ribbon with three Battle Stars.
Following the war, she met and married Wilson E. Arant, and they settled in Denver, Colorado. They have four children: Teresa (married Bob Compton) had three children, Sarah, Bobby, and Julia, and is a Montessori teacher certified paralegal. Theresa and family reside in Trinidad. Janice (married Lex Thompson) has two foster children, Maria and Maffie, and is an elementary teacher in Walsh. Ron (married Wendy Torres) is an elementary teacher and lives in El Moro. Frank is a recreation director and lives in Denver. Emily re-entered the field of education in 1965 after extending her education at U.N.C. She has taught Head Start in Denver for 23 years, and is currently enriching the lives of little ones in that program.
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