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Uriah Miller and Jane Saunders of Springwater NY

Photos and information courtesy of Shirley Miller Corp.

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The Uriah Miller and Jane (Jennie) Saunders family circa 1907.

Front row from left to right are: Irene on Uriah Cecil Miller’s lap, Reed, Floyd, Joseph on Jennie Saunders Miller’s lap and Arvade.

Behind, standing are: Philip and Gilbert.

The Miller family lived in Springwater NY starting in about 1933 when they purchased the Mill Street farm.

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Jennie and Uriah Miller on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1942.

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Uriah Cecil Miller in 1884 at the age of 20 years.

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A photo of the Sunday School group at Troupsburg, NY taken in 1912. Some of the Miller children attended: Irene Miller is the second girl from the left in the back row; Arvade Miller is the only boy in the back row, third from the right. Fred Harrington is the boy in the center of the center row. Fred Harrington was an uncle to Arvade’s future wife, Margaret Grace Cady. The other people are unidentified.

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The Miller farm on Mill Street in Springwater NY circa 1933. The Miller family owned and operated this farm from circa 1932 to 1977.

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Another photo of the Miller house on Mill Street in Springwater NY circa 1933.

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Memories of the Miller Farm in Springwater NY

By Shirley Miller Corp

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 1950s.

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.

The Family of Uriah Miller and Jane (Jennie) Saunders

birth place

death place

Uriah Cecil Miller

husband

23 August 1864 - 12 August 1951

Bath WV

Springwater NY

Jane (Jennie) Saunders

wife

29 October 1869 - 12 May 1952

Rexville NY

Springwater NY

marriage

27 January 1892

Philip Christian Miller

son

24 November 1982 - 9 March 1944

West Union NY

Warsaw NY

Pearl Letta Miller

daughter

17 January 1894 - 24 July 1899

Bisbee ND

Bisbee ND

Gilbert Edwin Miller

son

June 1895 - 1920

Bisbee ND

Kansas City MO

Floyd Earnest Miller

son

9 August 1897 - 14 February 1914

Bisbee ND

Troupsburg NY

Cecil Arvade Miller

son

20 September 1900 - 12 April 1977

Troupsburg NY

Springwater NY

Andrew Reed Miller

son

4 July 1902 - 11 June 1976

Troupsburg NY

Port Allegany PA

Olga Irene Miller

daughter

19 February 1904 - February 1987

Troupsburg NY

Mt. Morris NY

Joseph Eligah Miller

son

12 April 1906 - 14 December 1978

Troupsburg NY

Port Allegany PA

Tecla Grace Miller

daughter

27 September 1908 - 3 August 1989

Troupsburg NY

Texas

Mary Louise Miller

daughter

24 May 1911 - 5 January 1976

Troupsburg NY

Houston TX

The Obituary of Uriah Cecil Miller

23 August 1864 - 12 August 1951

The Springwater Valley News, 16 August 1951

Springwater - Uriah C. Miller, 86, died at his home here. He is survived by his wife, Jennie Saunders Miller; three daughters, Irene Miller, Springwater, Mrs Arthur Buckle of Hammondsport, NY, Mrs Otto Dannheim of Wellsville, NY; three sons, Arvade Miller of Springwater, Reed and Joseph Miller of Troupsburg, NY. There will be a prayer service at his residence at 11am Aug. 16 and funeral services in the Methodist Church at Brookfield, PA at 2pm. Burial will be in Brookfield Cemetery.

The Obituary of Jane (Jennie) Saunders Miller

29 October 1869 - 12 May 1952

The Genesee Country Express, 15 May 1952

Springwater - Mrs Jennie Miller, 82, of Springwater died in the Wayland Hospital, Monday, May 12, 1952. Survivors are three daughters, Miss Irene Miller of Springwater, Mrs Teckla Buckley (Tecla Buckle) of Hammondsport and Mrs Mary Dannheim of Wellsville; three sons, Arvade Miller of Springwater, Reed and Joseph Miller, both of Troupsburg. A prayer service will be held in the home on Mill St., today, Thursday, at 12 noon, followed by funeral services in Brookfield, PA. at 2:pm. The Rev. Robert Horton, pastor of the West Webster Methodist Church and the Rev. Clement Brown of Brookfield will officiate. Interment in Brookfield.

The Burial of Uriah Miller

The Cemetery at Brookfield PA

The Burial of Jane Saunders Miller

The Cemetery at Brookfield PA

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