Thursday, October 21, 2010


Lucille, Velma, Edith, Tevis, Dora, Gertie, Dorothy
George Berle, Et, Mardene, George, Welty 

Celia's Mom, John "Paw" Arthur, Celia

After his first wife passed away Paw Arthur married Celia. She was 19 and he was 64. She passed away in January of this year at the age of 91.

Great Aunt Lola, Uncle Welty

Top right is Lola Reynolds, bottom right is Uncle Welty Arnold

Grandpa George Arnold and Grandma's cousin Oscar Arthur


Janice Adkins, Christine's Daughter and Devin

Devin and Christine

My fifth son Devin and Christine Woods from Kentucky. Her camera-shy daughter took some pictures.

Christine and others

Randy Arnold, Vickie Sain
Dora Arnold, Velma Blanton, Christine Woods.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mom with Dad's relatives

Back: Mike Foltz, Pearle's daughters.
Adel Foltz Howard, Pearle Peterson, Mom.

Pearle, Mike and Adele are Dad's cousins. Pearle's father was George Miller. He had 8 girls and 4 boys and she is last one at age 94. Mom has been going to lunch's with "The Girls" since the 1980's. Another of Dad's cousins, Leona Foltz Sass,  worked with Mom at General Foods and was part of this group and she brought Pearle in. Eventually the group ended up as just Mom and Pearle and then I started going and then Marilyn Rose. Pearle has an excellent memory and has a ton of family lore in her mind. I could listen to her talk all day long. Her daughters are also interesting people. Ardis lives in the old Peterson Place that her uncles, Bill and John, lived in at one time. They farmed together with Aunt Nelda for years. I remember going to their house as a youngster. Their mother was a short German housefrau always busy working. I can still remember the smell of cabbage cooking filling the house with the unique aroma but I never did eat the stuff to this day. Pearle's brothers dug many of the graves  at the Limestone Cemetery and they did it by hand. In the winter they used charcoal to thaw the ground. One of them had a knack for remembering birthdates and would rattle off us Miller kid's dates off correctly anytime. Several of then lived together unmarried (on the river on Route 113) and farmed using big draft horses still in the 1960's. Dad, at 6'2 1/2" always referred to them as "The short Millers on the river." Pearle  lives with Pat and her husband in Chicago Heights. Mike lives in Bonfield, IL and Adele in Lowell. IN.

Bradley Millers


My Family

Bradley Bunch

More Walwers




Arnolds and Arthurs

Rear row: Dale Arnold, Vickie Sain, Randy Arnold.
Dora Arnold, (Sarah Keerb's daughters) Christine Arthur Woods, Velma Blanton.
Mardene Arnold, Mom, Edith Palermo.

Dad's relatives and Mom


Adele, Pearle,and Mom (front row) Mike Foltz, Pat Gerardi and Ardis (Pearle's daughters)

Pearle, Adele, and Mom

Damon Miller Bunch

Bradley Miller Bunch (Stevie Lank with hat)





Dora ,Velma, Christine


Christine's Daughter Janice from Indianapolis



Pearle Miller Peterson


Phyllis Ann and Phyllis Masse

She lived near us in West Kankakee and was in the same class as Phyllis Ann. Her brother Tom was in my class and her brother Jim in Denny's. Her husband Bob is still a cool guy!

Two Denny Ray Millers


Mom, Denny Ray, Marilyn Rose (out of shadows)


Mom, Denny Ray, Marilyn Rose


Grandma and Rich SR


Another Pic of Mom and her Kids


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rosalee Miller

Devin's first child. As we drove into the parking lot of the hospital where she was being born a beautiful rainbow came out and shinned the way! We still call her "Rainbow".

Bradley Millers and Stevie Lank (with hat)

Three Miller Cousins

Rosalee (Devin's daughter), Reagan LUCILLE (Doug's daughter), Isabel (Devin's daughter).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Butch and Val Walwer

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Marilyn Rose's oldest son and his wife came from Watseka.

Mike Foltz and Herbie Foltz

Mike is my Dad's Aunt Lottie's son and Herbie is his nephew, son of Luther "Herbert" Foltz. He lives on the Foltz farm across the road from what was the Howard place. Martha Howard married Mom's brother Welty. Adele Foltz, Mike's sister, married Junior Howard.  Grandpa and Grandma Arnold lived a mile north of Foltz's on the Taylor farm for some years. Both the younger Arnolds and Foltz's attended school at the Taylor school which was across the road  and west of the farmhouse.The school was moved to the grounds of the Governor Small Memorial Park in West Kankakee. Farmer Taylor's daughter was one of my teachers at West Jr High School, located about two blocks east of the where the Taylor school is located. They came from Bonfield, IL.
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Herbie Foltz

Herbie is named after my Dad's uncle Herbert Miller. Herb's sister Lottie was Herbie's grandmother and resided on the farm Herbie has lived on all of his life. Herbie had five sisters and he is the youngest. Herb was the first one that I knew of to use one word for most politicians in the Kankakee area "REPUBLICAN-SON-OF-A-BITCH". His Dad and brothers were Republicans but he and my Dad were Democrats. He was of the funniest guys I ever knew. When his first wife died his daughter had to get on him at her wake because he was so noisey and loud. He always had a joke  to make you laugh, surprise you and sometimes shock you. Family lore is he once shot up his TV when a Republican was "lying" on it.  There was a little of him in my Dad and Dad's cousin, Buck Foltz. I found it always exciting to go to his little house ( the house had been his father's house). His father was Louis Miller and his mother was Mary, a very small lady crippled by arthritis and in a wheelchair in her last years, dying in 1926. They are buried in the NE corner of Limestone Cemetery while Uncle Herb lays in the SW part.  Uncle Welty Arnold and his family lay in the west side.
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Scott Walwer and his daughter

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Mom and Mardene Gail Arnold

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Mardene was born 3 days before me so Mom had to wait a while before she could see her new little sister. I always felt close to Mardene in a special way. She and many other relatives still call me "Dickie". She came from Watseka.

Mom and I Just Before the Party Started

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Darian Kurt Miller and Nicholas George Miller

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