My name is Shirley Miller Corp and I am the granddaughter of Uriah Cecil Miller and Jennie Saunders. They purchased the Mill Street farm in Springwater about 1933. They left the management of their farm in Troupsburg, NY to 2 of their sons after coming to live on the farm in Springwater. The money to purchase the Springwater farm came from the sales of their Alfred, NY dormitory property where Jennie managed the housekeeping for the university boarders. UC Miller also lived there and worked at carpentry and his financial contribution was also added to the farm purchase.
UC and Jennie’s intentions were for their recently married son, my father, Arvade Miller, to manage this farm. As I recall from growing up experiences, dad was an efficient hardworking farmer but not very good at managing the finances until many years later. His wife, my mother, Margaret Cady Miller, married at the age of 16, and was still a very self-centered teenager. Dad turned the farm revenue to my mother to handle and she spent it on herself instead of making mortgage payments. Within a few years the farm almost fell into foreclosure and it would have if it wasn’t for the financial efforts of 2 of dad’s sisters, Irene Miller and Tecla Miller Buckle.
First, UC Miller urged his daughter, Irene Miller to quit teaching school and move to Springwater and manage that farm. Irene, soon figured she could never return the finances out of red ink. With the financial help of her married sister, Tecla and Arthur Buckle, the farm eventually got caught up on finances. Then my Aunt Irene was able to finish paying off the mortgage sometime in the mid 1950’s.
Irene, eventually failed inspection for the dairy business, which was her sole income. By this time, she was in her senior years and losing her efficiency with farm work. She continued to live alone in that farm house mansion struggling to meet expenses with her meager retirement income. Eventually the NY State welfare system took ownership of the property and Irene became a resident of a nursing home. She passed away in Mt. Morris in February 1987.
The small house next door to the farm was purchased by my parents about 1941 and they owned that property til their death. Arvade was born Sept. 20, 1900 in Troupsburg, NY and died on April 12, 1977 from cancer. Margaret was born January 16, 1916 in Troupsburg and died Feb. 3, 1997. The couple married on August 25, 1931 in Troupsburg.
Uriah Cecil Miller was born August 23, 1864 in Bath, Morgan Co., West Virginia and died in Springwater on August 12, 1951. He married Jane “Jennie” Saunders on January 27, 1892 in West Union, Steuben Co. NY. Jennie was born October 29, 1869 in West Union and died May 12, 1952 in Springwater. Both are buried in the Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, Tioga Co., PA along with other family members.