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William Oakley Miller

Male 1877 - 1954  (76 years)


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  • Name William Oakley Miller 
    Born 25 Nov 1877  , Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 8 Jun 1880  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    1880 US Federal 
    • in the Alfred Miller household. Enumerated were ALFRED white male 40 married fruit clk Wi-Ny-Ny; MARY E. white female 37 married housekeeper Ny-Ireland-Ny; CLARENCE E. white male 7 single student Mn-Wi-Ny; WM. O. white male 2 single Mn-Wi-Ny; EVANGELINE white female 9/12 Aug Mn-Wi-Ny
    Census 1 May 1885  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1885 Minnesota State 
    • in the Alfred Miller household. Enumerated were Alfred 45 m Wis; Mary E 42 f NY; Clarence E 13 Minn; Wm O 7 m Minn; Evangeline 6 f Minn; Victor 1 f Minn; Dorah Neltner f 19 Slaswig
    Census 31 Jul 1895  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1895 Minnesota State 
    • in the Alfred Miller household. Enumerated were Alfred 55 m w Wis 34/0 34/0 Traveling Salesman US born parents; Mary E 52 f w NY wife Father foreign born; Clarence E 23 m w Minn Machinist US born parents; William O 17 m w Minn Student US born parents; Evangeline 15 f w Minn Student US born parents; Victor H. 10 m w Minn Student US born parents; James 8 m w Minn Student US born parents; Wilhelmina Borg 26 f w Prussia servant Foreign born parents
    Census 7 Jun 1900  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1900 US Federal 
    • in the Alfred Miller household. Enumerated were ALFRED head w m Jan 1840 60 m 31 WI-NY-NY Traveling salesman; MARY E wife w f Mar 1843 57 m 31 4/4 NY-Ireland-NY; EVANGELINE daughter w f July 1879 20 s MN-WI-NY Saleswoman music house; WILLIAM O son w m Nov 1877 22 s MN-WI-NY Music teacher; VICTOR H. son w m July 1885 15 s MN-WI-NY At school; JAMES son w m 1887 13 s MN-WI-NY At school; EMILY CLEMENTS aunt w f July 1829 70 w 17 0/0 NY-Ireland-Ireland Capitolist
    Census 15 Jun 1905  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    1905 Minnesota State 
    • in the Alfred Miller household. Enumerated were Alfred 403 West Broadway M 65 Wis-NY-NY Commercial Traveler; Mary E F 62 NY-Ireland-NY Wife; William O M 22 MN-Wis-NY Engineer _; Victor H M 21 MN-Wis-NY Student; James F M 18 MN-Wis-NY
    Census 18 Apr 1910  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    1910 US Federal 
    • in the Mary E MIller household. Enumerated were MARY E. head f 2 67 Wd 6/4 NY-Ireland-NY; WILLIAM O son m w 32 s MN-WI-NY Engineer? Railroad: JAMES F. son m w 23 s MN-WI-NY Sailor USNavy
    Census 9 Jan 1920  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1920 US Federal 
    • in the William Miller household. Enumerated were William head male white 41 married MN-WI-NY engineer at transfer; Lucy wife female white 25 married MN-AUstria-MN stenographer at bank
    Newspaper Article 23 Dec 1952  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    The Winona Republican-Herald 
    • William O. Miller, Wife to Observe 35th Anniversary

      Mr. and Mrs. William O. Miller, 403 W. Broadway, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Friday.
      Mr. and Mrs. Miller were married Dec. 25, 1917, at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in a double-ring ceremony performed by the Rev. Alfred W. Sauer.
      Mrs. Henry Safranek (Emma Gerson) was maid of honor, and Mrs. L. F. Gomp (Hattie Kerkow) and Mrs. E. P. DeVoe (Hulda Kerkow) twin aunts of the bride, were bridesmaids. Miss Edna Kreuger played the wedding march.
      The church was decorated with Christmas greens and flowers and two huge Christmas trees were at either side of the alter.
      The late Henry Safranek was best man.
      A wedding reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. John Sterbenz, 961 W. 2nd St. Miss Florence Sterbenz, sister of the bride, sang "I Love You Truly," accompanied at the piano by Miller's sister, Mrs. Evangeline Pooler. The couple left later on a wedding trip to Chicago.
      Mr. and Mrs. Miller had four children, William S. Miller, radio engineer at Sturgis, Mich.; Alfred J. Miller who is in the Navy Transport, San Francisco, Calif.; Robert Oakley Miller who died in 1948 as a result of a swimming accident at the sand pit, and Patricia Ann who died at birth in 1935.
      They have four grandchildren, Patricia Kay Miller, 8; Marilyn Jean 6; Michael Allen, 2, and Vickie Lynne, 3 months, all of Sturgis.
      Mr. Miller is a retired postal clerk and commander of the Clarence Miller Camp 5, United Spanish War Veterans. He is also department assistant musician. Mrs. Miller is depart senior vice president of the United Spanish War Veterans Auxilliary.
    Miller, William Oakley 35th Anniversary Newspaper Clipping
    Miller, William Oakley 35th Anniversary Newspaper Clipping
    Died 14 Nov 1954  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • William Oakley Miller, 76, department musician for the state United Spanish War Veterans and a past commander of Clarence Miller Camp 5, USWV, died at 3 a.m. Sunday at his home, 403 W. Broadway, after an illness of a year with leukemia.
      He was a retired U.S. postal clerk, having worked at the local post office for 21 years. Previously he had been employed by the North Western Railway.
      Miller was born here Nov. 25 1877, the son of Alfred and Mary Henderson Miller, and had lived in the city and county all his life. He served with Company C, 12th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American war, and the local USWV post was named for his brother, Clarence, who was killed in the Philippines during that war. He served in the Minnesota National Guard for 15 years.
      Miller was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers for 55 years and a member of of the Winona County Old Settlers Association.
      He was well known in musical circles in Winona, having played the violin since he was 15. He was a member of the Winona Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carl Ruggles many years ago, and played with the Little Symphony Group which met at Dr. W. H. Leu's office weekly to play for their own amusement.
      Survivors are: His wife; two sons, William S. Miller, Sturgis, Mich., and Cmdr. Alfred J. Miller, San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren, Patricia Kay, Marilyn Jean, Michael Allen and Vickie Lynne Miller, Sturgis; one sister, Mrs. Evangeline Pooler, Denver, Colo., and one brother, Victor Miller, Winona. A son, Robert Oakley Miller, died in 1948, and a daughter, Patricia Ann, at birth, Aug. 28, 1935.
      Funeral services weil be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Breitlow Funeral Home, the Rev. Webster H. Clement of Faith Luther Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery where the VFW will have charge of the services. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
    Death Certificate
    Death Certificate
    Buried 17 Nov 1954  Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4406  Brendas Branches
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2015 

    Father Alfred Sylvester Miller,   b. 24 Jan 1840, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1908, , Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Henderson,   b. 10 Mar 1843, New York City, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1929, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1869  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F335  Group Sheet

    Family Lucy Sterbenz,   b. 5 Feb 1895, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1976, , Elkhart, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1917  Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • «b»«i»From Winona Republican-Herald published December 27, 1917«/b» «/i»archived at
      http://www.winona.edu/library/databases/winonanewspaperproject.htm

      Last Evening at 8 o'clock, a beautiful church wedding took place when Lucy Sterbenz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sterbenz, became the bride of William Oakley Miller at St. Martins German Last Evening at 8 o'clock, a beautiful church wedding took place when Lucy Sterbenz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sterbenz, became the bride of William Oakley Miller at St. Martins German
      Lutheran church. As the first strains of Lohengrin's wedding march were played the bridal-party entered the church, led by the maids of honor, twin aunts of the bride, Hattie and Hulda Kerkow, who were dressed in pale blue brocaded messaline, with white silk net and silver trimmings and wore corsage bouquets of pink roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Emma Gerson, cousin of the bride
      wore pink messaline, with silk net and gold lace trimmings, with corsage of white roses. The bride was beautifully gowned in cream messaline, with an over dress of cream Spanish silk lace and silver trimmings and carried a shower bouquet of tea roses and narcissus. Henry Safranek with best man. After the ceremony a reception and elaborate dinner was served at the home of the parents of the bride, followed by two vocal solos "Love Abiding", by Jordan and "O Perfect Love", by Wood, sung by Miss Florence Sterbenz, a sister of the bride, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Ray Pooler, a sister of the groom. Mr. and Mrs. Miller left on a late train for an extended honeymoon at Milwaukee and Chicago and will be at home to their friends after January 15 at 420 South Baker Street.

      «b»Winona Republican-Herald newspaper published Friday, December 28, 1942

      Winona Couple Marks 25th Year of Marriage«/b»
      Mr. and Mrs. William O. Miller were surprised by a number of relatives at their home, 403 West Broadway, Saturday evening in celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary.
      Mr. and Mrs. Miller were married December 26, 1917, at St. Martin's Lutheran church by the Rev. A. W. Sauer. Henry Safranek was best man and Mrs. Miller's cousin, Miss Emma Gerson, now Mrs. Henry Safranck, was bridesmaid. The Misses Hulta and Hattie Kerdow, twin aunts of the bride, now Mrs. E. P. DeVoe, Owosso, Mich., and Mrs. L. F. Gompf, Duluth, Minn., were maids of honor. Miss Florence Sterbenz, sister of Mrs. Miller, was soloist, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Evangeline Pooler, now of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mr. Miller's sister.

      Most of the guests at the party also were present at the wedding 25 years ago, including Mr. and Mrs. Safranek, Mrs. Leo Gerson, Miss Henrietta Kerkow, Mrs. Stanley Duncanson and Mrs. Louis Luedtke, the women aunts of Mrs. Miller; Henry Gerson and Mrs. Jack Case (Ethel Gerson), cousins; George and Arthur Kerkow, uncles; Mrs. Gerson and daughter Elaine, Berniece and Beverly Safranek, Mr. Luedtke, Police Captain Duncanson, Mrs. Anna Sterbenz, Mrs. Miller's mother, and her sister, Miss Florence Sterbenz.

      Mr. and Mrs. Miller received a give of silver and a purse. They also received a gift from another aunt, Mrs. Amanda Frazer, formerly of Winona, who is now making her home with her daughter Mrs. Edward Praxel, Burlingame, Calif. Congratulations and messages were received from Mr.Sauer, department officers of the U.S.W.V. Auxiliary, Mrs. Ernest Lundeen, wife of the late Senator Ernest Lundeen and others.

      Mr. and Mrs. Miller have three sons, Corporal William S. Miller, radio instructor at Camp Wolters, Texas, who was unable to be present for the celebration but expects to come home on a furlough January 8; Alfred Miller, in the army transport service, who sent a message and a letter from Alaska, and Robert O. Miller, who is working in the shipyards at Saulsalito, Calif., since completing training at the NYA school here, and who also sent a message.

      The evening was spent in playing games. Violin solos were played by Mr. Miller and piano selections by Miss Sternbenz. Several records which Corporal Miller made and dedicated to his mother and father while attending the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training school at Minneapolis prior to leaving for the army were heard. Refreshments, including a wedding cake
      presented by Mrs. Miller's mother, were served.
    Children 
     1. William Sterbenz Miller
     2. Robert Oakley Miller,   b. 15 Oct 1924, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1948, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     3. Alfred John Miller
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F2628  Group Sheet