Otto Frank Miller (1905 - 1926)

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Otto Frank Miller
1905 - 1926
c. May 29, 1905
Kentucky Town, Grayson County, Texas United States
April 7, 1926
Old Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma United States 73439
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Old Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma United States 73439
Otto Frank Miller was born c. May 29, 1905 in Kentucky Town, Texas United States. He is the child of James William Miller and L. Cordelia (Hensley) Miller, with siblings Thelma, Hugh, and Elinor. He died on April 7, 1926 in Old Woodville, Oklahoma United States at 20 years old.
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Otto Frank Miller
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Old Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma United States 73439
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Otto Miller was born in Kentucky Town, Grayson County, Texas United States
Otto Miller died on in Old Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma United States 73439
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April 13, 1926
Cannon Cemetery in Van Alstyne, Texas United States 75495
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Numerous one room school houses in, Cannon, Whitewright, Van Alstyne, Tom Bean and Kentucky Town, Texas.




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farmer, laborer, service station operator,

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Katrina Dawn-Adrian Miller commented on Jul 28, 2015
Otto was murdered by, Albert E. Lary of, Woodville, Okla. The man was sentenced to 25 years but only served 5.
Katrina Dawn-Adrian Miller commented on Jul 28, 2015
Did he knock that girl up? Or, was that just a rumor?


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His obituary from The Van Alstyne Leader April 15, 1926 Funeral Services were held at Cannon for Frank Miller, 20, former resident of this community, who was killed at his home near Durant, Oklahoma on April 9th. Reports from Durant state that young Miller was shot when he went to the door of his home on the night of the killing to ascertain the cause of a noise heard by him. A man living in the community in which Miller has resided has been charged with the killing. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cleo Chumley of Kentucky Town and Rev. Alvia Henderson of Pilot Grove, and were attended by many friends of all sections of this community. Interment was had at the Cannon Cemetery. Pallbearers, all cousins, of the deceased, were as follows: Haskell McCarley, Olin Alexander, Autrey Dickens, Lee Burk, Bill Miller. Young Miller formerly lived in this community and was well known to many of the people here, by whom he was highly esteemed. He was a nephew of Beecher Miller of Van Alstyne. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Miller, two sisters, one brother, a number of relatives, all of whom have the sympathy of all of their friends in their bereavement.

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In 1905, in the year that Otto Frank Miller was born, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded. An international labor union founded in Chicago, it was most often referred to as the "Wobblies" and had ties to the socialist movement and the anarchist movement. At its peak, it had 150,000 members.

In 1910, by the time he was just 5 years old, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1919, he was only 14 years old when in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1926, in the year of Otto Frank Miller's passing, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

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