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William Miller Herschell
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1873
Spencer
Owen County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 1939
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Poet. William worked for the Indianapolis News for 37 years and published 7 books of poems. The first book was printed in 1915 and was entitled "Songs of the Streets and Byways". Several more books followed. They were "The Kid Has Gone to the Colors and Other Verse" (1917), "The Smile-Bringer and Other Bits of Cheer" (1919), "Howdy All: And Other Care-Free Rhymes" (1922), "Meet the Folks" (1924), and "Hitch and Come In" (1928). In 1940, his widow put together one last book of his poems. It was entitled "Song of the Morning and Other Poems." During World War I, his popular poem "Long Boy" was set to music by Barclay Walker and became an instant hit all over the world. He also wrote 2 poems about the war that touched the hearts and souls of Americans all over the United States. One was entitled "The Service Flag" and the other was called "The Kid Has Gone to the Colors". Perhaps he may be best known for his poem "Ain't God Good To Indiana?" This poem was inscribed on a bronze plaque and placed in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse. Although it was about his native state, people all over the US enjoyed it. He passed away from a mysterious illness and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. On April 13, 2002, William was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame where he was acknowledged and honored as being one of the best in his field of work.
 (bio by: Whispers From The Grave) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Todd Herschell (1848 - 1914)
 
 Spouse:
  Josephine Pugh Herschell (1875 - 1968)
 
 Siblings:
  Baby Herschell (1872 - 1872)*
  William Miller Herschell (1873 - 1939)
  Walter S. Herschell (1879 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
William M. Miller
1873-1939
 
Note: burial: DEC 4,1939
 
Burial:
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec: 62, Lot: 475
 
Maintained by: Whispers From The Grave
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45945177
William Miller Herschell
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William Miller Herschell
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William Miller Herschell
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- Donna B.
 Added: Jul. 6, 2014
I love the poem, "Aint God Good to Indiana".
- Rhonda Tincher
 Added: Jan. 22, 2014

- Steve
 Added: Nov. 20, 2013
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