S: The Family of Phil and Ethel Miller
FC: The Miller Family
1: Philip Barton Miller | Ethel Mae Humphrey | Birth 10 May 1916 in Kalamazoo, Michigan Death 6 June 2001 in Kalamazoo, Michigan | Birth 12 July 1920 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan Death 27 November 1997 in Kalamazoo, Michigan
2: Philip Barton Miller | Ethel Mae Humphrey | Leon Franklin Cooks Birth 3 Apr 1895 in Wyoming, Michigan Death 5 Feb 1928 in Grandville, Michigan | Raymond Kenneth Behnke Birth 23 Jul 1910 in Michigan Death 17 Mar 1993 in Bradenton, Florida | (Never married) | Carmeleta Merle Barton Birth 2 Feb 1888 in Almena Township, Michigan Death 3 Feb 1972 in Plainwell, Michigan | Leon Ward Miller Birth 8 Oct 1890 in Traverse City, Michigan Death 24 Feb 1951 in Kalamazoo, Michigan | Married 30 Jan 1943 | Santa Ana, CA | Married 11Aug 1950 | Crown Point, IN | Hazel Daisy Humphrey Birth 9 Feb 1898 in Grand Rapids, Michigan Death 26 Aug 1993 in Kalamazoo, Michigan | Married 6 July 1915 | Paw Paw, MI
3: Jackson, MI early 1940's | Phil & Ethel
4: Leon Miller | Carmeleta Barton | Phil Miller's Family
6: Photo by the Kalamazoo Gazette | Leon
7: Leon trained at the Gregg shorthand school in Chicago and became a court reporter in Kalamazoo. He had an office in the Hanselman Building, which still stands. As a side business, he also ran the Miller Letter Shop, which did printing and copying. Each year, he and Carmeleta sent out Chrismas letters printed at the shop, a tradition that was carried on by his son Phil's family for many years. | Leon was also very active in the Kalamazoo Exchange Club. The history he wrote of the group's activities included this fabulous publicity photo. | Leon Miller, December 1932
8: Leon (left) with his older brother, Arthur Leroy (far right), and perhaps a cousin.
9: Leon's Grandparents: Wells and Cynthia Miller (center, front) on their 50th Wedding Anniversary | Front row: Sister of Cynthia Miller, Cynthia Miller (nee Johnson), Wells Miller, Mrs. Shank (sister of Cynthia Miller) Back row: James Miller, Marhsall Miller, Mrs. Marshall Miller (Caroline), Elmer Miller, ALbert Miller (all brothers of Wells Miller) | Wells' father, Daniel, was a preacher who was born in New York and moved to Leelanau, MI to work and raise his family
10: Carmeleta was a school teacher in Grandville after graduating from Western Normal School (now Western Michigan Univ.). Leon Miller, who was on the board of the Comstock School -- from which he was in the first ever graduating class -- hired Carmeleta to come work at the Comstock school. And the rest is history.... | Carmeleta is on the far right, 2nd row (black dress). The note on the photo reads: "all of the teachers of the school at Grandville in the year of 1910"
12: Philip Barton Miller, their first son, was born in 1916.
13: Phil Miller circa 2017
14: The family grew with the arrival of Colin in 1917 and Phyllis in 1920. | Colin was known from childhood as "Cod", for the smell of cod liver oil that he refused to swallow and consequently ended on his clothes or skin
15: They lived in Comstock, Michigan, in the house they nicknamed "Lom-Ba-Go Lodge." so called because it had a creek ("crick", in Michiganese) in the back.
16: Phil graduated from Comstock High School. He attended Western State Teacher's College and left after four years of fun. | He went to work for an insurance company, traveling around Michigan and Indiana until he enlisted in the army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
17: Lt. Philip B. Miller 5473-4-18-44 | 1943
18: Ethel Humphrey's Family | Hazel Humphrey | Meanwhile, Ethel was being raised by her mother, Hazel, in her grandfather Otto's house in Grandville, Michigan. | Otto | June 1940; photo by Herpolsheimer's Studio, Grand Rapids, MI
19: Hazel (left) with her younger sister, Edna Mae (circa 1905) | Hazel never married Ethel's father, but she later had a long and happy marriage to Ray Behnke. | Hazel (left) with her elder sister Lillian Bertha. | Notsberry Farm, CA August 1951
20: Ethel (2nd from left) with her cousins (left to right) Virgina, Dewey and Edna Mae Purchase.
21: Ethel May | 4 years old | "Toots", as Ethel was nicknamed growing up, spent lots of time with cousins. Her beautiful clothes were handmade by Hazel.
22: Ethel grew up in Grandville, where her mother worked as a schoolteacher. She completed high school when she was only 15. In 1936, she began at Western State Teacher's College in Kalamazoo, graduating 4 years later and then starting work as a kindergarten teacher | Ehtel (right) at her baccalaureate, 1936 | Ethel as a junior at Western State,1938
23: And it looks like she had a little fun along the way too! | Ethel on left; July 1936, John Ball Park | Ethel on right
24: Ethel at 16, the year she started at Western
25: Ethel put herself through college working all sorts of jobs, including selling Dentyne gum at movie theaters.
27: Phil and Ethel | Ethel and Phil met in Comstock. Carmeleta Miller had taught Hazel Humphrey in Grandville. She had kept in touch over the years and admired Hazel's character in raising her daughter and supporting herself She invited Hazel and Ethel to visit Lumbago Lodge. Ethel caught Phil's eye and they began dating. They were married on 30 January 1943 in Santa Ana, California, where Phil was training in the Army Air Corps. He did more training in Arizona, California and New Mexico, graduating with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant before being sent overseas as a bombardier in the 8th Army Air Force to face battle in the European arena in World War II. | Phil during training, circa 1943
28: Their first son, David Barton Miller, was born in November 1943 while Phil was fighting in Europe. Taken prisoner of war in Germany, Phil spent over a year in captivity and first saw his son when Dave was already almost two years old. | David and Ethel Miller, circa 1944 | Photo by Columbia Studios, Kalamazoo. MI | Phil in Comstock, on his first day home after being liberated in June 1945 at the end of WWII
29: Otto Humphrey, Hazel Humphrey, David Miller, Ethel Humphrey Miller, cicra 1946 | Central Studio, Kalamazoo, MI | Ethel, David and Phil Miller, c1946 | 1945
30: Phil and Ethel moved to Indianapolis where Phil resumed his career as an insurance adjuster. Their first daughter,Marilyn, was born in 1947. | Phil, Ethel and Marilyn, Summer 1947 | David, Summer 1947 | David and Marilyn, 1947
31: 3021 Alice St, where the family lived in Indianapolis. Phil Miller's notes around the edges point out the highlights: -- Sad looking tulip tree -- Good awnings -- This naught boy dug a hole here | Marilyn and Santa, Xmas 1947
32: Marilyn, 1948 | David and Marilyn circa 1949 | Marilyn in high heels circa 1949 | Marilyn, circa 1948 | Marilyn, 1948 | Marilyn in high heels circa 1949 | Marilyn, 1948
33: Christine was born in 1949. | David, Marilyn and Christine Christmas 1950 Marilyn asked for two "dowies" from Santa | Christine and Marilyn, circa 1951 | David and Marilyn, Easter circa 1951
34: The Miller Family, 1951 Christine, Phil, Marilyn, David, Ethel and Leon (left to right)
35: By the time Leon was born in 1951, the family had moved to Kalamazoo, where Phil had purchased and was now running his own insurance company. | The growing family lived first at 710 Axtell, later on Osborne Street next to Westnedge Park, and eventually on Sunset Lane. | The house on Osborne St. | Gordon was born in 1952
36: 1955 | Christine, Phil, David, Leon, Gordon, Marilyn, Ethel and Hazel (left to right)
37: 1958 | Back row: David, Ethel, Hazel, Phil Front row: Marilyn (holding a snake, that troublemaker!), Christine, Leon, Gordon | And the family still isn't complete! Pictures become fewer and far between with a house full of growing kids to keep Phil and Ethel busy... but the baby of the family, Bruce, is tucked inside Ethel in this picture, waiting to be born in December 1958.
39: The Miller Clan | Carmeleta Barton and her descendants Front row (left to right): Gordon Miller, Leon Miller, Margo Streidl, Matthew Miller, Joan Streidl and Andrew Miller Middle row: Mary Miller, Rebecca (Becky) Streidl, Diana Streidl holding Cameron Streidl, Cynthia Streidl holding Patrick Streidl, Christine Miller, Marilyn Miller, Hazel Miller and David Miller Back row: Alan Miller, Jonathan (Jock) Steidl, Jack Streidl, Phyllis Miller Streidl, Carmeteta Barton Miller, Calin Miller, Ethel Humphrey Miller, Charlotte Ackley Miller and Philip Miller. | Summer 1958