Lewis. A. Miller - a.k.a. "L. A." Miller


2. Which excerpts

to use?


Excerpts, of any work, are highly subjective. What should be chosen? What should be omitted? The L. A. Miller diary excerpts, chosen for their presumed interest to persons who remember Darrtown during the mid-20th century, are available through the links below.

Diaries - Excerpts

1. Why use excerpts?


Louis A. Miller wrote something in his diaries on EACH and EVERY DAY, from, at least, 1900 through 1937. He recorded events from his personal life and frequently reported local, state, national, and world events. He also noted each day's weather, including the morning, mid-day, and evening temperatures. It is difficult to replicate Mr. Miller's entire set of diaries at this website.


Therefore, this webpage provides excerpts from Mr. Miller's diaries, via the links (below). At some point in the future, arrangements will be made to provide public access to the L. A. Miller diaries. A public announcement of some type is planned.


Excerpts Organized by YEARS


Initially, 26 diaries were donated.

Diaries for the years 1912 and 1934 were missing.

Viewing the excerpts:


When you click a link for any year

(at the right), the excerpt will appear as a pdf file, in a separate window.

After the initial donation, three more diaries were contributed:

1900 Diary

1909 Diary

Excerpts Organized by TOPICS

The following excerpts from the L.A. Miller diaries are organized by various topics, rather than years. They provide additional info and images about the various topics listed.


Currently, the topics include:

  • The 1913 Flood
  • Registration for the World War I military draft
  • A record of games played by Darrtown baseball teams, including wins and losses.
  • The 1913 Flood (Excerpts extend from March 25 through April 19, 1913)

Unknown to him at the time, Mr. Miller's March 25, 1913 journal entry (immediately below) was a precursor to one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Miami Valley ...

the "Great Flood of 1913."


On Tuesday, March 25, 1913, Mr. L. A. Miller wrote:


"Talawanda and all streams are on a rampage. Talawanda is the highest it has ever been in its history from 1st settlement of the country. Farmers crops, fences, telephone poles & lines are being swept away. Livestock of all kinds are perishing in the folk not only here, but Ohio Valley and its tributaries. But, the worst of all is the toll of human lives. Harrowing tales come straggling in from all points in Big Miami Valley of the loss of lives - homes swept into the flood, carrying human freight."


Webmaster Note: In the quotation at the left, Mr. Miller cites the height of waters in the "Talawanda." That stream is actually the Four Mile Creek, which begins in Preble County (Ohio), about halfway between Boston, Indiana and Eaton, Ohio. From that most northern point, the Four Mile Creek flows southward, passing just east of Oxford, Ohio. It continues southeastward, flowing about 1/4 mile south of Darrtown, and finally empties into the Great Miami River just north of the Hamilton City limits on North "B" Street.

It seems likely that Mr. Miller, and others throughout the Greater Miami Valley,

anticipated that the rainfall would cease by the second day, Wednesday, March 26.

Sadly, it was not to be.

For a three day period (March 25-27), 8–11 inches of rain fell throughout the Great Miami River watershed,

on already saturated soil, resulting in more than 90 percent runoff

that caused area rivers and tributaries to overflow.

As of June, 2015, we do not have any images from Darrtown that portray the infamous flood of 1913.


However, the following images (found at the "We're from Hamilton, Ohio" Facebook page) illustrate the extent of the flood damage in Hamilton, Ohio - which is located about seven miles southeast of Darrtown.

  • World War I registration for the military draft (1917, June 05)

In response to the news that the United States would engage troops in World War I, Mr. Miller wrote about the requirement that all men, between the ages of 21 & 31, register for the military draft. HIs note included this sentence:


"Our only son and living child is in his 31st year & therefore had to register."


A copy of the registration card for Ernest Miller, son of L. A. Miller, was found at Ancestry.com. The registration card confirms Ernest Miller's middle name as "Lee" and his date of birth as March 29, 1887.

  • Amateur Baseball - A chronicle of "country ball," as played by the Darrtown boys

The list that appears at the link below represents an attempt to summarize how the Darrtown baseball teams performed through the years.


At this time (February 2017), the earliest) source of information is the collection of personal diaries written by Darrtown resident, L.A. Miller, during the years 12910-1936.


Direct quotes regarding games and scores have been excerpted from the daily diaries of Mr. L.A. Miller – for the years that are listed. As more records are found, they will be added here.

While Mr. Miller's notes represent the best records that we possess, there are some limitations that need to be acknowledged: The records are anecdotal and they lack the credibility that is usually associated with printed newspaper accounts.


However, as previously noted, Mr. Miller’s accounts are the only known records of games played by Darrtown teams. And, should anyone suspect that Mr. Miller’s Darrtown connection might cause him to unfairly slant his recordings in favor of the home team, fear not! When L.A.Miller thinks that the local boys played poorly, he notes the sub-par performance with plain-spoken, sometimes caustic, language.

Currently, the reported seasons range from 1919 through 1922; more records will be added, as they become available.

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