MILLER, MILO ARCHIVE LOT OF 33 DIARIES 1885 THROUGH 1950 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF MILO MILLER, HARTSTOWN PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGIST TEACHER
Hartstown, Pennsylvania 1885 Hard Cover Good+ Manuscript
The life history of Milo Miller of the Ellis and Miller family of Hartstown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Milo Miller was born in Hartstown in 1863. He left there and attended school at Allegheny College in Meadville and then on to teaching and principal ship at Miles Grove and the Knoxville School in Pittsburgh. He married Maude, had children and retired to Hartstown but wintered in California. He loved keeping a diary and had a deep desire to keep Hartstown alive for all who lived there as evidenced by the 33 Handwritten personal diaries of Milo's on offer. Not all years are represented but the years that are, are full of handwritten entries and give you plenty of information about Milo, the town and families of Hartstown. There are a few of the small pocket diaries that have only a few entries but most have plenty of writing. The years the diaries represent are; 1885, 86, 87, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 1900, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10. 1940, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, and 1950. Here are some samples of Milo's writing: "At 8:45 the wind is blowing very hard and the clouds are flying. Father says it is just such a night as the one in which he marched twenty two miles in the army….John S. Keen was at our house for dinner. He and father enjoyed themselves talking of war times. Their conversation was quite interesting to me especially when Mr. Keen spoke of meeting an ex-confederate soldier at Louisville Ky during the exposition. This person was one he met in the battle of March 25th, 1864. He spoke of meeting and talking with a Negro who had been visiting his old master in Kentucky. How he came up to the mansion and found sitting upon the step his owner once. When he came in sight of the old and decrepit man the man raised his hand to his eye and gazed at him and when he came within a rod of the stoop he recognized his faithful slave. "Dam" who then left him $100…..F.D. Hamer and I were walking. One of us said "Where will we be in one year from today?" We put our names on a slip of paper and resolved to write to each other the 17th of May 1886 giving the particulars of our whereabouts and work of the day….There was an Emerson Entertainment in the hall this evening. I went but did not appreciate the performances owing to the bad odor prevailing about me…..Minnie and I took my spy glass and went up into the woods west of town. Watched the cars on the Nypano road from Whites upper fields…..There was an election of trustees in the Normal hall in the p.m. and all the boys went there. It was a hotly contested election. There being two parties and much opposition. The Cooper party elected their men and were sworn in in the evening. Cooper feared violence from the "Whiskey Ring" and had about 75 of the students come in the library and be ready to defend him….Uncle Tom's cabin was played in a tent back of Ruder's tonight but J.A.C. would not allow the students to go….Heard the cars whistle this evening. The air is very clear….Nell and I went home. The Conversation turned on our matters and after coming to an understanding on certain things we broke the engagement….I went to society at 2 O'clock and when it was out was told that there was a message for me, "Rollin is dead". I made ready and started for home….Took freight train at 6:30 and out home about 9 O'clock. After cleaning up I went up to Minnie's and how lonesome it was, No Rollin to run out to meet me and holler, "Hello Uncle Marble"…..Spent the forenoon in getting a horse to drive to Conneaut Lake. A party of young folks went from here to the lake on a pleasure trip. We started about 1 O'clock p.m. I took Hattie Findley. We went to the Alice House. Had a ride on the lake got our supper and went up to Oakland Beach in row boats and had a pleasant time…..Professor Brooler took my place. Took train for E. Reached E. at 5:05. Father and mother came. Was married at 12 m to Maude Stuart Moriarty. Took 3:26 train for Pgh. Drove to the Anderson Hotel. After supper we went to the Alvin and heard "The Magic Kiss". Went to the exposition in the evening….Our first child a girl born at 2:30 a.m. today. Dr. John Porter physician. We named the baby Florence Imogene….Telegram from Myron announcing that "Mother taken suddenly worse, failing fast. Unconscious". Impossible to get home to-night. Meeting of board to hear case of discipline. Boys lectured for fighting and reinstated. Mother died 5 p.m. Took early morning train for home reaching Hartstown at noon. Found mother dead. The drape on the door was my first knowledge of the fact….Accepted Critchfield's offer to occupy his cottage in Hollywood (Calif.) while they are in Mexico..Japan declared war on the United States and Great Britian and bombed Honolulu and Guam in the Pacific Ocean...To the city for the latest war bulletins. Heard the Presidents address to the two houses of Congress asking for a declaration of war on Japan for it's treacherous attack upon our insular possessions...…." He writes so much more and brilliantly diarizes both world wars quite a bit, attends the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893, travels a lot and takes camping trips, mentions the San Francisco earthquake, marriages, deaths and births of many people, and a very sad entry of his wife's miscarriage, and on and on. As you can imagine there are tons of names listed. Very very historical archive of pioneer life through the mid-20th century Pennsylvania and therefore created an EXTENSIVE genealogy and historical archive of information of about almost every pioneer family in town. There is also a huge amount of Civil war history that is behind this family with heart wrenching stories and an incredible close tie-in with Lincoln.