Miller, Rovelia (Jean Pierre & Caroline Guillory) b: 27 July 1900 (Ville Platte Church V 8 Pg 3) (Rev Donald J Hebert V 31 Pg 377)
As stated by Malcolm L. Miller, June 12, 2006, the following:
Viz my uncle Rovelia:
DOB: July 27, 1900
Deceased: Feb. 4, 1920
He was the youngest of my grandmother Caroline Guillory, having been born when she was about 42 yrs old.
Rovelia died at Fort Sam Houston, Tx. The cause of death was the Great Flu Pandemic of 1920 that killed millions around the world. From the information I heard, the army had the post quarantined. The soldiers were housed in barracks, in bed with windows wide open and for a period, as they died by the dozens, there were more to occupy beds.
My grandmother received a letter of his death and giving a date when his body would arrive by train in Eunice, La. The letter requested that someone be there to meet the train.
She, my father and a couple of others went to Eunice in the family wagon with the mule team. Then directly to the Pine Point cemetery to bury him.
He was a sort of rough dude, being a handsome 6 footer, 190 lbs. of great strength, a ladies man. At Fort Sam, while in ranks, the drill Sgt., in the course of chewing his tail called him a SOB. No man ever call him that and got away with it. So he beat the crap out of the Sgt. and was thrown in the brig. The Court Martial that followed found him not guilty.
Nevertheless, he liked the ladies and was a brawler.
Once he got word there was a big bully in Eunice that was mean as hell and claimed he could beat anybody in the state of La. So one Saturday, Rovelia saddled his horse and rode into Eunice, inquired of the whereabouts of the bully.
Someone led him to the bar where the bully was humped over the bar drinking a beer.
Rovelia walked behind to him and kicked him in the ass, challenging "I hear you are the toughest SOB in La. I want you to know I don't believe it and can finish kicking your ass to prove it." So the fight started right there, with Rovelia doing him in after a sort of struggle.
He died from illness while in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sam Houston, TX. (Murphy Miller)
Sibling: Octave Hilliard Miller
Grandparents: Antoine Jean & Augustine Pierre (Manuel) Miller
G Great Grandparents: Jean Miller & Marie Magdelaine Boutin
GGG: Jacob Miller, Sr. & Anne Marie Theigen
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