Joseph Miller, M.D.
Delbert, the third child of Levi
and Alma Lazarus Miller was born on March 3, 1863 in the midst of the Civil War and took
his middle name from his uncle Joseph who died in that conflict at the age of 23. Delbert
grew up on the farm, then attended Mt. Union College in Ohio then medical school at the
University of Michigan where he graduated in 1888. (see graduation invitation here and here.)
He practiced general medicine in the horse and
buggy days in North Benton Ohio. He married Viola Day on June 7, 1893 and had two
daughters, Doris Reed (1902-1974) and Frances Alma (1908-1995.)
He provided medical care during the famous
Johnstown Flood of May 31, 1889, He died on June 29, 1920 at the age of 57.
The other children of Levi Miller:
The first two children died and Delbert was
the third. Son Walter David (1867-1922) is next and opts for a career in farming. Next daughter Rose
Maria (1864-1917) also went to Mt. Union and studied art. The next son Lewis Craig
(1869-) also graduated from
Mt. Union and UM Medical School in 1895. Next son, Charlie (1871-1922) stayed on the farm, and the
next son Ralph Ely (1873-1961) operated a nearby dairy farm. Next son Oscar Daniel alternated
attendance at Mt. Union with school teaching and then entered the carpenter trade. Last
born, Florence (1879-1922) teaches school and helps the family home, she later attended Mt. Union and
became a nurse.
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