Otto Frank Miller (1905 - 1926)

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Birth


Kentucky Town, Grayson County, Texas United States

Death


Old Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma United States
Cause of death: Murdered

Cause of death

Murdered

Burial / Funeral

at Cannon Cemetery,
Van Alstyne, Texas United States

Obituary

Last Known Residence

Old Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma United States

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Family

Father: James William Miller
Mother: L. Cordelia (Hensley) Miller
Siblings: Thelma Irene Miller, Hugh L. Miller, and Elinor Miller

Education

Numerous one room school houses in, Cannon, Whitewright, Van Alstyne, Tom Bean and Kentucky Town, Texas.

Professions

farmer, laborer, service station operator,

Military Service

Ft. Sill in 1925

Middle name

Frank

Surnames

Ethnicity

German

Nationality

American

Religion

Baptist

Gender

Male

Timeline

1905 - In the year that Otto Frank Miller was born, the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

1912 - He was merely 7 years old when Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

1914 - When he was only 9 years old, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

1925 - Otto was 20 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

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