|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1865|
|Death: ||Nov. 23, 1948|
Parents names:David & Mary (Brown) Millar
Grand Island Daily Independent Tuesday 23 November 1948
Thomas Millar Dies; A Veteran of Spanish War
Orator and Poet Had Lived in G. I. Many Years
Thomas Millar, 83-year-old veteran of the Spanish-American War, died early this morning in a local hospital. A member of the Soldiers and Sailors' home, Mr. Millar had been critically ill for several weeks.
A native of Dunfermline, Scotland, where he was born Feb. 26, 1965, Mr. Millar was educated in that country, and attended the University of Edinburgh. He served one enlistment in a Scottish regiment of the British army, and then came to America, locating in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he was engaged in newspaper work.
When the war with Spain broke out, Mr. Millar was commissioned captain of Company C, First Wyoming Infantry. He served in the Philippines with that regiment, taking part in the battles of Manila, San Pedro Mecuti and San Juan del Monte, the fighting on the Pasig river, and the Battle of the Hills to the capture of Antipolo, Zapote and San Nicholas. He was given a field commission as a major during the campaign.
Wounded in the Philippines
His first commission expiring, Mr. Millar rejoined the army, and fought through the Philippine insurrection. He was seriously wounded near Cagayan. He was discharged at the Presidio, San Francisco, on June 24, 1901, and returned to Wyoming.
His health failing, he gave up newspaper work, and later moved to Grand Island. He was employed by the American Crystal Sugar company until his retirement several years ago.
A man of great civic spirit, Mr. Millar was master of ceremonies at many events, notably the Hall county fairs, was one of the oldest members of Aerie No. 378, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and for years was post adjutant of Norris Camp No. 6, United Spanish War Veterans.
A fluent speaker, a noted teller of stories in Scottish dialect, Mr. Millar also was a poet, and a book of his poetry was once published.
Mr. Millar returned to Scotland in 1930 and visited a sister, Miss Mary Millar, who is believed to be his only survivor.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The Livingston-Sonderman funeral home is in charge.
Grand Island Daily Independent Wednesday 24 November 1948
Thomas Millar Rites Friday
Funeral services for Thomas Millar will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon in the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home. Military rites will be conducted at the Grand Island cemetery by officers and members of Charles E. Norris camp of the United Spanish War Veterans and by Post 1347 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial will be in Grand Island cemetery.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening at the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home.
Opinion p. 6
Tom Millar was a gallant soldier in the Spanish American War. He was a newspaperman of the old school, which means that he wrote his copy in beautifully legible longhand and scorned that creature of modernity, the typewriter. He was a talented orator, a brilliant master of ceremonies, a teller with few peers of stories in the Scottish dialect, And he was Grand Island's unofficial poet laureate. A little book of his poems which was published by the Independent many years ago is the story of Grand Island in song.
Mr. Millar was a familiar figure on the streets of Grand Island. He was a welcome visitor in the newspaper office, where he had the privilege, not granted many outside the staff, of having his stories published verbatim. As official reporter of the United Spanish War Veterans, he turned in reports that were so typically flavored with Millarisms that they defied copyreading. So he printed them as is, with a byline to identify the author.
At the time of Tom Millar's death, what could be more fitting than to print one of his poems? This is one entitled, appropriately for today, "Thanksgiving":
"A glorious day of days is this,
With feasting, smiles and cheer;
Our hearts are filled with joyfulness,
Because Thanksgiving's here.
We're grateful for a world so grand,
With scenes that bring delight;
The golden sun that warms the land,
The stars that gem the night.
For happy homes and friends so dear,
For merry hours of play;
And all the things that bring us cheer,
This bright Thanksgiving Day."
Grand Island Daily Independent Saturday 27 November 1948
Thomas Millar Funeral Rites
Services Are Held For Ex-Spanish War Veteran
Funeral services for Thomas Millar, a captain in the army during the Spanish-American war and the Philippine insurrection, were conducted yesterday afternoon in the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home by Rev. Alton O. Kaul, pastor of the Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Donald Duryea sand "Abide With Me" and "The Lord's Prayer," accompanied by James Bastian, who also played the organ prelude and recessional.
Officers and members of Charles E. Norris Camp No. 6, United Spanish War Veterans, attended in a group and served as an honorary escort to the Grand Island cemetery where Commander William Curtin. Chaplain Hans Hansen and Officer Wilbur McReynolds conducted military services.
Volleys were fired by a squad from Post No. 1347, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The flag was folded by Mr. Curtin and Mr. McReynolds, and presentation was by Mr. Curtin. Taps were sounded by Francis Purdy.
Pallbearers were Alton Anderson, George Alexander. Hugo Bartelt, Chet Kennel, Emil Aldrup and Lloyd Kenney, members of Aerie No. 378 Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Among those attending the services was Frank Bowen, Grand Island, who served in the same regiment with Captain Millar and fought through the Spanish-American war and the Philippine insurrection with him.
Agnes Gray Millar (1850 - 1908)
Grand Island Cemetery
Plot: Section H, Lot 85
Maintained by: Kay Cynova
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Record added: Oct 02, 2012
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