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 Otto Franklin “Frank” Miller

Otto Franklin “Frank” Miller

Kentucky Town, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Apr 1926 (aged 20)
Woodville, Marshall County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Cannon, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Plot Miller Family Plot "South B" Section
Memorial ID 115743643 · View Source
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Otto Franklin Miller or "Frank" was the first born child of James and Cordelia. He has one brother, Hugh (MY Great-Grandfather), and two younger sisters, Irene and Elinor.

Frank attended school in Kentucky Town, TX. Where he was good friends with Floyd Haliburton., ,Sam Nelms., Ben Thrasher., Lowell Leroy Hansard. (His sister, Irene's husband.) and Thomas Drewie Caylor.

Upon graduation, he joined his family in moving to Platter, Oklahoma in a covered wagon. They crossed the Red River by hitching the horses to Colbert's Ferry. A short time after, he joined the Citizen's Military Training Camps with his friends, Drewie Caylor and Ed Elliott. (I have his records), and was stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

When he left the camp, he moved to, Woodville, Oklahoma and went to work as a service station operator at Midway Filling Station. Shortly after, on April 7, 1926, Frank was shot and killed by an irate police officer Albert E. Lary. The officer believed Frank to be the boy whom his daughter was dating. Some family members say Frank was shot at the service station, some say he was shot in his car as he was taking a nap. His official obituary states that he was killed at home. The officer served 4 years in the Oklahoma penitentiary for his crime, before being released on good behavior.

He is buried next to his parents, and his Great Grand Niece (Katrina Dawn Miller), at Cannon Cemetery. His grandparents, Jacob and Isabel Miller, are buried a few plots down left of his grave. His other grandparents, Henry and Martha Hensley, are buried west of him. His tombstone simply says: Frank Miller.

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 Chumbley 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 Lee McCarley , Olen Alexander, Autrey Dicken, Lee Burke, 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 E. 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.

NAME: Frank O. Miller
D.O.B.: May 29, 1905
PARENTS: J. W. Miller-Kentucky, Delia Hensley-Tennessee
C.O.D.: Pistol Shot (Lary)
BURIAL: April 9, 1926 (Cannon Cemetery-Texas)
INFORMANT: J. W. Miller-Father (signature)

"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."-Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)

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