1893 – Born in Newark, New Jersey.
1930 – Took over the Stratemeyer syndicate after the death of her father.
1953 – She become the new Carolyn Keene.
1965 – Found an assistant she deemed worthy to take into partnership. She was Nancy Axelrod, and graduated from Drew University.
1982 – Her death was lamented as the passing of "the real-life Carolyn Keene for more than half a century".
– The years of investigation finally broke the secrecy behind Carolyn Keene’s identity. It was Mildred Augustine Wirt, now Mildred A. Wirt Benson who authored 22 of the first 25 volumes.