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Obituaries:Dennis Lee Brabham
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 17 2009 21:38

Dennis Lee Brabham, born 14 April 1970 in Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, IN; died 11 March 2008 in South Bend, St Joseph County, IN.

Dennis' obit in the Truth Newspaper, Elkhart reads:

SOUTH BEND - Dennis Lee Brabham 37, of 1007 N. Allen St., South Bend, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 11, 2008) at home. He was born April 14, 1970 in Mishawaka to Douglas and Jayme A. (Mathews) Brabham. He married Enriqueta Rocha Sosa on Jan. 3, 1998, in South Bend. She survives, along with one son, Dennis brabham Jr. of South Bend; two daughters, Leslie S. and Emily A. Brabham, both of South Bend; his mother Jayme A. Marcus of Mishawaka; one brother, Douglas Brabham of Elkhart; and two sisters, Evelyn (James) Lay of Granger and Denis Brabham of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his father. There will be no visitation. Cremation will take place at Elkhart Cremation Services, 2100 W. Franklin St., Elkhart. A memorial service will be at a later date. Mr. Brabham was a 199...

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Other:William H. H. Miller Service Record
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 17 2009 11:03

William H. H. MIller enlisted in the 42nd Illinois Infantry during the Civil War and was killed in the Battle of Franklin, Williamson County, TN.

Name: Miller, William H. H.

Rank: Pvt

Company: E

Unit 42, IL US INF

Personal Characteristics:

Residence: Calvin, Cass County, MI

Age: 21

Height: 5' 51/2"

Hair: Dark

Eyes: Blue

Complexion: Light

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farmer

Nativity: Seneca, NY

Service Record:

Joined When: July 26, 1861

Joined Where: Dowagiac, MI

Joined by Whom: CPT Webb, Period 3 years

Muster In: July 26, 1861

Muster In Where: Camp Douglas, IL

Remarks: Reenlisted as a veteran

Following re-enlistment, he showed:

Miller, William H. H.

Rank: Pvt, Company E, Unit 42, IL, US INF

Personal Characteristics:

Residence: Dowagiac, Cass County, MI

Age: 24

Height 5' 5 1/2"


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Obituaries:Pauline Moon
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 08:36
In Memory of Pauline Moon, September 18, 1911 - January 13, 1979. Service from Bubb Funeral Chapel 3:00 p.m., Tuesday. Reverand John Woodruff. Committal rites in Fairview Cemetary.
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Family stories:James A. Mathews - Military Record
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 07:35

Notes for James Austin Mathews:

James WWII U.S. Army Enlistment Record

Name: James A Mathews

Birth Year: 1911

Race: White, citizen (White)

Nativity State or Country: Illinois

State: Indiana

County or City: St Joseph

Enlistment Date: 18 Nov 1943

Enlistment State: Indiana

Enlistment City: Indianapolis

Grade: Private

Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law.

Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)

Source: Civil Life

Education: 1 year of high school

Civil Occupation: Tracktor Driver or Truck Driver, Heavy or Chauffeur or Truck Driver, Light

Marital Status: Separated, with dependents

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Media:The Battle that killed William H. H. Miller
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 06:28

Location - Williamson County

Campaign - Franklin-Nashville Campaign (1864)

Date(s) - November 30, 1864

Principal Commanders - Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield [US]; Gen. John B. Hood [CS]

Forces Engaged - IV and XXIII Army Corps (Army of the Ohio and Cumberland) {US}; Army of Tennessee {CS]

Estimated Casualties - 8,587 total (US 2,236; CS 6,261)

Description - Having lost a good opportunity at Spring Hill to hurt significantly the Union Army, Gen. John B. Hood marched in rapid pursuit of Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield's retreating Union army. Schofield's advance reached Franklin about sunrise on November 30 and quickly formed a defensive line in works thrown up by the Yankees in the spring of 1863, on the southern edge of town. Schofield wished to remain in Franklin to repair the bridges and get his supply trains over them. Skirmishing at Thompson's Station and elsewhere delayed Hood's march, but around 4:00 p.m., he marshaled a frontal attack against the Union perimeter. Two Federal brigades holding a forward position gave way and retreated to the Inner works, but their comrades ultimately held in a battle that caused frightening casualties. When the battle ceased, after dark, six Confederate generals were dead or had mortal wounds. Despite this terrible loss, Hood's army, late, depleted and worn, crawled on toward Nashville.

Results - Union Victory

CWSAC Reference # - TN036

Preservation Priority - IV.1 (Class A)

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Obituaries:Amarilla Palmer
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 06:10

PALMER - At 3529 Burke Avenue of heart failure, Mrs. Amarilla Palmer. She was an active member of the Ladies' Relief Corps and Eastern Star Loraine Chapter. She leaves in mourn her death a son, Henry S. Palmer and daughter, Mrs. Harry Miller, of Seattle, WA, her three daughters and a sister in Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at the Noice undertaking rooms Thursday at 12 o'clock.

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Obituaries:Hiram A. Miller
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 06:06

From newspaper dated July 8, 1924 (Michigan)

Aged Civil War Veteran Died at Home on West Street.

Hiram A. Miller passed away at his home 120 West St. Friday afternoon at 2:16. Mr. Miller had been in declining health for the past few years.

He was born at Jones, July 14, 1846, where he grew to manhood. When 16 years of age he enlisted and fought in the Civil War under General George A. Custer. After the war he was sent west to protect the stages coaches from the Indians.

Soon after his discharge from the army he ws united in marriage to Miss Ella Judd of Dowagiac and to this union were born three sons and one daughter. Mrs. Miller passed away while the children were still small.

He was later married to Miss Eunice Melden of Houghton who passed away some twenty years later.

In 1910 he was married to Mrs. Ida M. Lloyd of Detroit adn they moved to Three Rivers in 1914 where he has since resided.

Mr. Miller was a mem...

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Family stories:The life and times of Lance Miller
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 05:15

Kaye and Lance met through the Kirkland Congregational Church where they were both active in youth groups and choir during and after high school. They were married after Lance returned from the service and lived a short time in the old Brooks-Miller home on Waverly Way in Kirkland. They later built a new home on 10th West in Kirkland before moving to Portland.

In the late 1960's, Lance was transferred from Portland to San Francisco by his company. Kaye had already spearated and gone back to Portland. A mill supplier, Stan Bogart, introduced Lance to Ginny, one of his employees, and in 1970 they were married. Since that time they have lived and worked in San Francisco, Phoenix and Tucson and are now retired and living in Pinetop, AZ. Ginny was raised in Madison, SD. She went to college for a short time in MN after which she moved to Seattle, WA in the early 60's. In 1967, she moved to San Francisco and went to work for Stan Bogart at the Northwest Paper Co.

Lance and his siter, Sherrill, grew up in the Brooks-Miller family home at 126 Waverly Way that great grandfather John G. Bartsch built. They were both in the first classes to attend the new Lake Washington High School on Rose Hill, which for the first time included students from both Kirkland and Redmond. Their mother, Velma passed away while Lance was a senior in high school. Sherrill had already married and left home. A close friend, Joe Nicklaus, who had already lost his parents, came and lived with Lance and his dad for a while. After high school Lance sold new automobiles for a Kirkland dealer and went to the University of Washington part time. He worked for a degree in Marketing, but did not graduate. In 1960, after his father passed away, Lance joined the military (Army) and in 1962 joined the paper distribution business in Seattle, Carpenter Paper Co. He also married Kaye that year, the mother of his three children. They had both been active in the Kirkland Congregational Church. Lance was raised to Master Mason January 23, 1984 and to 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in 1985. He was active with Sabbar Shrine Temple in Tucson AZ. He retired from the paper business May of 1994 and moved to Pinetop, AZ with his wife of 25 years, Virginia (Ginny).

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Family stories:Sherrill Marie Miller and her life
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 04:43
Sherrill was adopted as an infant by Velma and Clair. Velma had been advised because of her weak heart condition, caused by rheumatic fever, that she could not bear any children. Soon after the adoption, however, Velma did become pregnant with Lance and gave successful birth in 1938. Sherrill and Lance were raised with equal love and attention and have always been close as sister and brother. Sherrill was a baton twirler in both Jr. and Sr. High and Velma used to spend hours sewing sequins on her many costumes. After Sherrill's marriage to Larry Nadeau in 1954, they gave birth to a daughter Marci Marie Nadeau (now Bogardus). Marci and her husband, Norm Bogardus, have sons, Bryan Jon Bogardus, born 2/27/1982 and Justin Bogardus born 11/23/1979. In 1986, Sherrill married her current husband, Paul Moore, and together they operate a horticultural nursery on the Klamath River in Northern California.
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Family stories:Hiram Clair Miller's life
Posted by: Christi Cook on Jan 12 2009 04:31
Clair's father, Harry, died in 1918 when Clair was just 12 years old. He and his mother struggled for many years with Clair still managing to get some college in after graduating from Kirkland High School. Velma and Clair were sweethearts in high school and though seperated for a couple of years of college, were married soon thereafter. Clair then became a securities clerk and later a stock brotker for Merrill Lynch. About 1940, after the crash of the 30's he joined the Securities and Exchange Commission and became Chief Securities Investigator for the Northwestern Region. He served as community Air Raid Warden for Kirkland during WW II and was an active Rotarian righty up until his death. He never recovered fully after the death of Velma in 1956 and basically died of a broken heart.
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