Biographical Sketch of Mary A. Miller

Mary A. Miller, familiarly know by all as “Grandma Miller”, is one of the loveable elderly ladies of our county and it is especially gratifying to have the opportunity to append an epitome of her career in this the abiding chronicles of Harney county. She is a woman of many virtues and graces and has done a noble part in the life of the pioneer and she has many friends who admire her real worth of character, her faithful life, and her own rare qualities of intrinsic worth. She is now making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jane Poujade, who is the wife of one of the leading stockmen of Harney county and whose comfortable and commodious residence is six miles east from Harney, on what is known as Cow creek ranch.

Mrs. Miller was born in Richland county, Ohio, on September 29, 1827, and at the age of eleven went with her parents to Henry county, Iowa. There she married Mr. Isaac H. Jones, on October 26, 1845. They removed to Boone county, Iowa, where Mr. Jones died on June 27, 1860. In 1862 Mr. Jones married William Miller and in 1863, with five children, they started across the plains with ox teams for the Pacific coast. The arduous and trying journey was completed when they landed in Salem. There Mr. Miller engaged in raising stock for three years and then removed to the Rogue river valley, where he continued in raising stock and farming until the time of his death, which sad event occurred on June 6, 1886. Since that time, Mrs. Miller sold the property and has come to reside with her daughter, as mentioned above.

By her first husband there were born to Mrs. Miller, five children, names as follows: Albert J., deceased; Mrs. Elizabeth J. Lu, of Baker City; Mrs. Amy A. McIntyre, deceased; George W., near Portland; Charles W., deceased. By her second marriage she had four children, Mrs. Mary Savage, of Burns; Mrs. Jane Poujade, near Harney; John C., deceased; Frank S., near Burns. Mrs. Miller has always lived on the frontier and she has done a noble part in the advancement of civilization into the wilds of the various frontier regions. She is hearty and well now, and remarks that she loves to dwell in a new country, thus showing the admirable pluck, courage, and spirit of which she is possessed. She is beloved by all, and her pilgrim years have been crowded with good deeds and now she is enjoying the golden years of life in comfort and happiness.

Transcriber’s Note: In paragraph 2, the original text says that in 1862 Mr. Jones married William Miller. I believe it was actually Mrs. Jones who married him.

MLA Source Citation:

Whitman, Marcus. An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Chicago: Western Historical Publishing Co., 1902, 871 pgs. Web. 30 January 2015. - Last updated on Jan 18th, 2013

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