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Transcribed biography of Harry B. Miller

Submitted by: Dale Edwin & Jacquelyn Marie (Miller) Sterling and children, Cynthia Marie & Dale Edwin, Jr. (Skip)

Harry B. Miller, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, December 3, 1902, and Marie Anne (Carroll) Miller, born in Chicago, Illinois, September 17, 1913, moved from the Robertsdale section of Hammond, Indiana, to a 55 acre farm in Jackson Township in 1935. The farm was located on the present Road 400 East at the Baltimore Railroad and said location was called Stell's Crossing: a milk station. The house was a two story log cabin with dining room and kitchen added on. There being no electrical power in the whole of Jackson Twp. At that time, they purchased an electric wind charging system and all equipment in the home to meet the voltage of the charging unit.

The Millers including daughters, Jeanne and Carole moved the next year to Liberty Twp. Namely 1/4 mile east of Babcock Road on U.S. Highway #6 (Dalys Grove) later changing the name to Wayside Park. They built cottages for tourists, a sandwich shop and service station, at that time it was a show place of beauty. It was here that their third daughter, Jackie, was born. In 1940 "The Miller Clan" purchased and built a home and business about 1 mile east of Wayside Park on the south side of Highway 6. A tornado came along to completely demolish every building except a steel building where everyone was huddled inside. They gradually rebuilt all buildings as they stand today. In 1947 brother Mic came along. Our Jon, who is now a student at Valparaiso University, was born in 1957.

Harry was Republican Precinct Committeeman of Precinct 1 for many years. He also served as Justice of the Peace for 8 years. He was organizer and founder of the Liberty Twp. Volunteer Fire Department and was elected president and served two terms. He was also Fire Inspector for three terms.

The Miller family has been very active in Masonic organizations. Harry again was the organizer of Valparaiso Bethel #54, International Order of Jobs Daughters and was their first associate guardian. He also organized the Chesterton Bethel 80 in this area, and many others in surrounding northwest Indiana. Jeanne, Carole, and Jackie are all past honored queens of Bethel #54. Jeanne and Jackie have both served as worthy matron for Chesterton Chapter #274 Order of the Eastern Star, with their father serving as their worthy patron.

The other Masonic affiliations are too numerous to mention. All of the Miller children attended and graduated from the Liberty Township High School.

Mother, Marie Anne, is a direct descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 137

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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