Category Archive: Miller

Apr 17

Who was Jimson Johnson?

Who was Jimson Johnson? My grandpa Miller knew him when he saw him. My dad saw him only once. All of my dad’s siblings have heard of him but none have ever met him. Mr. Johnson was old enough to drive in the late 1920s and he traveled on the road between Willshire and Chatt …

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Jan 30

Von Bierbach nach Chattanooga

Von Bierbach nach Chattanooga. That is the title of the newspaper story that appeared in last week’s edition of the Saarbrücker Zeitung, the “Saarbrücker Newspaper.” “From Bierbach to Chattanooga” And yes, the article refers to our Chattanooga, Ohio. It is the story of my immigrant ancestor after he settled in Mercer County, Ohio, in 1871. …

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Nov 14

Tragedy in the Oil Fields

Like a few other young farm men from the Midwest, two of my great-uncles went out west to work in the oil fields in the early 1900s. There was an oil boom in the western states at that time and young men were seeking adventure and a way to make their fortune. Jobs were plentiful …

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Nov 29

Wedding Postponed Due to Snow and Cold

It was supposed to be a nice Sunday afternoon wedding, scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend,1950. Months of preparations and details were finally completed. The beautiful satin wedding gown from Fort Wayne had been fitted, pressed, and delivered. The Reverend Werner Von Kuhlberg and organist Velma Schumm were ready for the ceremony. The wedding cake was decorated …

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Nov 01

Remembering Aunt Em

Our Miller family gathered together this week. We met for the visitation and funeral of my aunt Em. We gathered for the same reason just last year, when my dad passed away. The family is once again a little smaller. Emilene (nearly everyone called her Em) was one of my dad’s older sisters. There were …

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