This is a collection of Miller family photographs and documents from earlier years -- as well as more contemporary images. Pete and Dora Miller were both born in Russia, met and married in Longmont, Colorado, and lived much of their lives in Whitney, Nebraska. People included in this gallery are all related to Pete and Dora.
"NAME THAT TYKE!"
Perhaps this one doesn't fall under "ancestral" photos, but we thought it would be a neat one to share with you. We posted a smaller version on the Miller Archives homepage a while back — without identification.
And now it can be revealed! This young lady is Jan Rose Miller, eldest child of Jan and Janette Miller. She was a mere 10 months old. Let's see, that would make Jan Rose how old? :) Let's just say she was born in the 20th century and has lived more than half a century!
PHOTOS FROM BETTY JO (MILLER) TRAPHAGEN
February 20, 2014 - Betty Jo (Miller) Traphagen has this photo of her dad and siblings on display in the living room of her home in Green Valley, Arizona.
Left-to-right in the undated photograph (ca. 1949) are Betty Jo, Mary Dot, Albert Miller, Mike, and Cece.
As we drove away from Betty's nice home in Green Valley, we couldn't help but notice that the name of the street that intersects with hers is "Saint Cecelia"!
These are the same four "kids" you see in the photo above with their dad, Albert Miller. In this shot — taken in 2014 — Mike Miller is behind. The three girls (left-to-right) are Mary Dot, Cece, and Betty Jo. Click on the photo for a closer look.
Sadly, the oldest child, Cece, died May 16, 2015, the year following this photo.
Betty Jo Miller and Del Traphagen renewed their vows of matrimony in 2007 -- the 40th anniversary of their marriage.
We'll add further information later; however, we have learned that Del is a native of the Aberdeen, South Dakota area, where his brother still is engaged in farming and ranching. He and Betty Jo were engaged in the food service business for many hears in Ione; they've also lived in southern California and Florida, but seem delighted with their home in Arizona.
Making the renewal of their vows even more special for Del and Betty Jo Traphagen was the joy of having both their daughter Marsha (at left) and son Scott (at right) on hand for the event -- which Del was able to keep a secret from his bride of 40 years right up to the day of the event.
Betty Jo (Miller) and Del Traphagen (with their guard dog, "PC") in the back yard of their home in north Green Valley, Arizona.
Del and Betty Jo Traphagen with their son Scott and daughter Marsha.
This is another of the several treasures shared with us by cousin Mike Miller of Ione, Washington. It's grandpa Pete and grandma Dora Miller in front of the house at 223 Ann Street in Chadron -- probably in about 1944, when it was rented by John and Lettie Miller. The home in the background was owned by Luther and Helen Denton.
"NEAREST THING TO A WEDDING PICTURE…"
Lettie Maiden and John Miller
Lettie Maiden Miller and new husband John Miller. Lettie wrote on the photograph: "This is the nearest thing to a wedding picture we ever had. It was taken Jan. 15, 1938. Taken in Lead, So. Dak. at Minnie and Bryan's place in front of our old Model A Ford Victoria."
Alas, we may never know who the two people are at the very far left part of the photograph. Leota Ann Scott was born in December 1936, so that could be the little two-year-old at the bottom left of the screen. And perhaps that's Minnie who's looking away from the action!
The Whitney School -- built in 1922 -- is in the background at left. The rear of the Woodmen Hall building is at the far left. We believe the house in the center is the one occupied for many years by Scottie and Naomi Rankin. And just beyond the out building behind that house is the roof of yet another residence -- one long occupied by Bill and Marie (Miller) Derrick. To get closer look, simply click on the photograph and select a larger image from the menu at the top. Thanks to Jeannie Pope for this image.