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

Which excerpts to use?


Excerpts, of any work, are highly subjective. What should be chosen? What should be omitted?


Chosen for their presumed interest to persons who seek information about life in and around Darrtown during the mid-20th century, the L. A. Miller diary excerpts are available through the links below.

Diaries - Excerpts

Why use excerpts?


Louis A. Miller wrote something in his diaries on EACH and EVERY DAY, from 1910 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. Details will be announced here and in Butler county (Ohio) newspapers.

Excerpts - Organized by Years

Links to Excerpts

Donated by

Roy Yeomans

1900 Diary

1902 Diary

1908 Diary

1909 Diary

Learn the story behind the generous donations of Loyd Mowery and Roy Yeomans; see Diaries - Background.

Excerpts - Organized by Subject

The following excerpts, organized by subject, are displayed here, because:

(1) they are deemed historically significant (i.e.- the 1913 flood and the required registration for a world war),

(2) they represent a recurring storyline (i.e. - descriptions of of baseball games played by Darrtown teams).


The subjects appear in the following order:

  • The 1913 Flood
  • Registration for the World War I military draft
  • An account of baseball games played by Darrtown teams, including wins and losses.

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.

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.

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.


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."


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

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.

  • The 1913 Flood (Excerpts about the flood extend over three weeks; March 25 through April 19.)

Sadly, it was not to be.

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.

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

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.

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

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