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.
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"!
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 in the back yard of their home in north Green Valley, Arizona.
Del and Mary Jo Traphagen, resting on their back patio, with their dog, PC.
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.
Peace be with You! reads the heading of this marriage certificate for Peter Miller and Dora Eckert (Eckerdt). While the document is in German, the names and dates can be easily deciphered. To get a closer look at this document, left click on the image and choose from a menu of sizes at the top of the screen.
The Millers were married on March 21, 1909 in Longmont, Colorado. Newspaper accounts indicate the young couple were married in the City Hall, and that the celebration was a multi-day affair!
Witnesses for the marriage were Peter Behm and David Guttler, along with Konrad Eckert and "Frau" K. Eckert. This wedding certificate was signed by W. L. Busch, pastor for the"Lutherischen Kirche" (Lutheran Church) of Longmont, Colorado.
Thanks to Dori (Derrick) Savage for sharing this wonderful Miller family document that was in the possession of her grandmother, Marie (Miller) Derrick for many years
Charlotte Miller passed away July 1, 2012 while en route to the hospital in Colville, Washington from her home in Metaline Falls. She was 87 years old.
Born in the small northeast Nebraska community of Loretto, Her family also lived in Bartlett and Spalding before moving to Chadron, where she met Fred Miller in 1941. They were married in Chadron, but it wasn't long before Fred was off to the Army Air Corps for World War II duty.
After the war, Fred and Charlotte made their home in Chadron for a while, but it wasn't long before they migrated to Washington state, where Charlotte's sister and family lived. They remained in Washington for the rest of their lives, living and raising their children in Metaline Falls, one of the prettiest places in the country.
Charlotte had a quick wit and keen sense of humor. She was the last of her generation. Fred Miller died in December of 2005, and all of his Miller brothers and sisters -- and all of their spouses -- are now deceased.
They were all among those who created what we now call the "Greatest Generation."
Charlotte and Gerald Flock in an undated photograph. Gerald was three years younger than Charlotte.