FAMILIES - MILLER
Lewis. A. Miller - a.k.a. "L. A." Miller
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"DATE: APRIL 03, 2013
TO: DARRTOWN.COM WEBMASTER
FROM: LOYD MOWERY
Hello! I am a school teacher in Colorado and two years ago I purchased a set of yearly diaries in an antique auction. The diaries start in 1910 and go through 1936. I have used them in teaching diary writing; but, after seeing your website and learning about your town's history I believe you would be interested in them.
They are diaries of L.A. Miller and contain a day to day journal of the high and low temperatures, what he did that day, and what was happening in the world. As a history major in college, I am fascinated with this wonderful account of Darrtown and the world through this man's eyes.
I don't know why these left his family and managed to be sold at an auction, but I know that, if I were a family member, I wouldn't let them out of the family. I paid about $85 for the set and somewhere I have the receipt.
From what I have learned, Mr. Miller was involved with the telephone company and maybe gave it to his son. In your newspaper page, I checked and it said that Mr. Miller visited a friend in another town and after looking up the date in the diary, he mentioned the visit.
Are there any surviving family members that would want these diaries?
I hope to hear from you soon.
I appreciate the info that you provided and understand that your knowledge of the diaries is limited to what you wrote above.
However, the really intriguing question for me is: how did the L. A. Miller diaries get from Darrtown, Ohio to Colorado?
If you can provide any insight to that question...GREAT!
If not, then I will stop pestering you with inquiries.
Thank you for your time and information [past – and future, if you have any more to add].
On 5/15/13 9:40 PM, "Bryan Ponce" wrote:
Thanks, I just wanted to be sure that this was not some scam or you had another ulterior motive. I purchased the 2 story house next to Don's Carry out in ~1996 and restored it. The house was a wreck and was in the possession of a bank. I purchased the house and contents from the bank. After the closing, the heirs of the Miller Estate took a few items from the house, but the diaries were among the things they left behind. Other than that I do not know much more about them. In addition to that house, I believe the Miller family also owned a one story house on the way out of town as you head to Hamilton. it is the house that is on a triangle-shaped piece of property between two streets. It was in worse condition and is why I went with the house next to Don's. If I run across any more of his ephemera I will let you know. I still have a large framed late 19th ink etching of a leaping deer that is marked as from Butler County that was left in the house. If you have more questions let me know.
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 06:22:13 -0400
Subject: Re: Identity of seller?
Re: Identity of seller?
Thank you for writing and thank you for your patience with me.
I am pursuing the history of the L. A. Miller diaries, because I am interested in Darrtown (Ohio) history, as evidenced by the fact that I am the webmaster for the Darrtown website [see http://www.darrtown.com]
Below, you will see the passage that you provided Annelise at Gorman Auctions – and she, in turn, forwarded to me.
On 5/14/13 10:26 PM, "Bryan Ponce wrote (to Annelise at Gorman Auctions):
“If they are the small leather bound diaries dating back to the 19th century (I believe some were from 1870s), they were left in a 1880s house that we purchased in Darrtown Ohio (NW of Cincinnati). It belonged to the Miller family who had lived in the area at least since before WWII...but most likely earlier, as I have one pen drawing from Butler County from the same Estate that was late 19th century. It was an estate and bank owned, so that is all I know.”
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 01:28:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Identity of seller?
"Re: Identity of seller?
I understand that you would want to be certain about why I made my inquiry about the L. A. Miller diaries.
Now, given the info that you provided in your note of 9:40 PM, 5/15/13 below, here is where we again prove the truthfulness of the old adage that it is indeed “a small world.”
I know the house that you bought.
I visited there as, a kid in the 1950’s, as my uncle, Paul Weiss, rented the house from Ernie and Belle Miller. Ernie was the son of Mr. L. A. Miller.
Paul Weiss, his wife, Lois, and their three children (my cousins) Francis, Bill, and Linn, lived in that house north of Don’s Carry-Out. At that time, the property was in good shape.
I can confirm that the Millers owned the house immediately north of Don’s Carry-Out (known in the 1950’s as Glardon’s Grocery), because Paul Weiss’s daughter, Francis, told me about the times that she delivered the monthly rent check to the Millers, by riding her bike from the Weiss home to Ernie and Belle’s home [located in the triangular piece of property that you describe below].
I personally recall that Ernie and Belle Miller, along with their son, Bill, lived in that house in the triangle south of Scott Road and east of Rt. 177 – as I grew up on a farm south of Darrtown and drove past the property a “bazillion” times.
If you are interested, you may see a photo of the Miller/Weiss home at the Darrtown website. See www.darrtown.com and visit Families / Weiss, Paul
Also, you might find it interesting to see the connection between the Miller family and the Darrtown Telephone company. See Businesses / Page 5.
Then, I suggest that you visit the NEW page that I added just last week, which tells the story about how the Miller diaries wound up in my hands. See Families / Miller, L. A.
With your permission, I would very much like to add the latest info [which you supplied below] to the L. A. Miller page/story.
If you are still reading this protracted response, I will ask you to indulge me with a few more curiosity questions:
Where were you located when you bought the Miller house? I assume that you were “local” [in the tri-state area of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky] and not in Colorado.
Do you have any idea how the Miller diaries traveled from Darrtown to Colorado?
With great and genuine appreciation for your response and information,
On 5/20/13 2:43 PM, "Bryan Ponce" wrote:
This is Bryan's wife, Amy, answering. Bryan is pretty swamped with work right now, and as he is a lover of history, he is glad to help. While he's short on time, I can fill in a few details. . .
Bryan was an active duty SWO in the US Navy, in Oxford for his shore duty, which was teaching at Miami U's NROTC program. (He was also studying for his MA in History.)
He lived in the Dartown house throughout all his renovations and I'm sure would be thrilled to expand on the details of all his restorations of that house if you're interested. (He has many, many interior photos of his pre-restoration work--not sure if you could find any clues from these.) Small world, indeed.
With his graduate work done and his shore tour complete, he left Ohio and was never stationed there again. He took all his stuff with him, and that's how the diaries ended up in Colorado.
One more bit about those diaries: I knew Bryan as a fellow grad student. We were part of a Bible study group and were friends through this group. Just before leaving for his next assignment, he invited me to the "open house"--at last his long project was complete and ready for guests.
I don't know that I would have gone to this party. Bryan was nice enough, but I was busy with my own work.
Then he mentioned that there was a set of diaries left behind and sold as contents, diaries from the 19th century.
I was doing my work in English and writing, you see, so how could I resist reading someone else's diaries? Thus lured, I went to the party.
And now I'm married to Bryan.
Had I known the diaries would faithfully report each day's weather and every trip into town while leaving out things like marriage proposals and dramatic birth stories and daily strife, I don't know that I'd have taken that bait. Still: It seems the efforts of L. A. Miller reached far ahead to play a part in someone else's diary."
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