Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential
Harkness J. Miller
Scope and Content
The Harkness J. Miller collection was donated
to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Mrs. Isabella Miller in
Harkness John Miller was born November 11, 1877. Harkness Miller was
educated in Clyde, Ohio schools, and spent most of his life
there. In April, 1898, Miller volunteered to serve in the Spanish-American War.
He enlisted as a musician in Company I,
16th Ohio National Guard in Clyde. Harkness would
later become a volunteer in the 6th Ohio Infantry.
In August 1898, Miller was transferred to the Hospital Corps. He later
served in the 7th Cavalry in Havana,
Cuba. Harkness received a
disability discharge from the military in January 1899. In 1903, Miller
graduated from the Sandusky
and he spent his life in various businesses.
During Harkness Miller’s life, he devoted much
time to music of which he was very fond.
Harkness Miller organized and directed bands,
orchestras, choirs and choruses in Clyde, Huron and several of other Ohio towns. He was also
a member of several Masonic bodies: Monticello Lodge No. 244, F. & A. M.;
Clyde Chapter No. 90, R. A. M.; Bellevue Council No. 82, R. & S. M.;
Fremont Commander No.56, Knights Templar; and Clyde Chapter No.73, Order of the
Eastern Star. Miller was also a member
of the Sandusky County Historical Society. June 18, 1904, Harkness
Miller married Freada E. Meyers of Huron, Ohio. They had a mutual interest in music and
flowers. Freada Miller died August
12, 1944. Miller later married Isabella B. Shepard. Miller died May 26, 1964.
Harkness J. Miller was the son of Henry W. Miller. He
was born in Clyde, Ohio on June 2, 1838 to one of the prominent
pioneering families of Sandusky County Ohio.
Henry was a Civil War veteran, who served with the 72nd Ohio
Volunteer Infantry. He was captured at
the Battle of Guntown and imprisoned at Andersonville. Following the war, Miller married Maria L.
Deyo on September 22, 1868. Miller died June 28, 1933 at the age of 95.
Henry Miller was the son of Lyman F. Miller born November 22, 1813 in Geneva, New York.
When Lyman was an infant, his family moved to Ohio, becoming one the first families to settle in Green Creek Township, Sandusky
He married Mellissa E. Harkness in 1836. Lyman Miller died in Sandusky County
in February, 1878.
Scope and Content
The Harkness J. Miller Collection includes
materials dating from 1815 to 1964. The
collection includes Miller family genealogical materials; deeds and the will of
Samuel Pogue; news clippings regarding veteran and family reunions; church
programs; historical interests; obituaries; and marriages. There are
photographs of Harkness Miller, Miller family
members, and bands, church choirs and musical groups of which Miller was a
member. There are also ribbons and
badges of veteran, fraternal, and political organizations. In 2008, Henry
Miller’s handwritten account of his Civil War service and imprisonment at Andersonville was added.
This account was published in Commemorative
and Biographical Record of Sandusky and Ottawa Counties, Ohio
by J.H. Beers and Co., 1896. There
are also two books in this collection: McGuffey’s fourth grade reader and another
titled Hymns and Spiritual Songs.
Ac. 1627, 5646
Approx. 300 Items
Clippings and Programs
- Miller Family
Articles, Obituaries and documents
American War Articles, Programs, etc
- Early Area
- Musical and
other Programs and Broadsides
- Church Programs and Bulletins
- Toledo Blade “Pictorial,” 1949
Teachers of Clyde, Ohio,
Early group photograph,
Band and musicians
G.A.R. Band, Huron, Ohio, May, 1900
Modern Woodman Band
of Fremont, Ohio
at National Convention, St. Louis,
unidentified. Kull Studio, Wauseon,
photograph at Pike’s Peak, Colorado, Aug. 6, 1911.
Company I, 6th Ohio Volunteer
Infantry, taken at Chickamauga Park,
Timers’ Band Reunion, Clyde, 1939 (2).
Harkness J. Miller, Spanish
American War, July 1898.
unidentified, Clyde, Ohio
Clyde Episcopal Church
Choir, Harkness Miller director, 1907.
Methodist Episcopal Choir, Clyde,
Ohio, July 23, 1935.
type of Harkness Miller.
photograph of Harkness Miller (aged 17 years) as
musician of Company I, 6th O.V.I., July
picture of 6th O.V. I. Bugle Corps, Chickamauga, Georgia,
July 1898. (Harkness Miller, fourth from the right).
and white print of Henry J. Miller (Harkness’s father
and Civil War veteran, n.d.)
photograph of four Civil War veterans, June 2, 1930 (Henry Miller first on
Photograph of Clyde, Ohio
Arion Quartette, 1897.
The Old Timers’
Band reunion, Clyde, Ohio,1939. (2) (photographs
marked 20, 21, 22 transferred to oversize).
- Ohio U.S.W.V.
Reunion Ribbons/Badges #1 1927-1937
- Ohio U.S.W.V.
Reunion Ribbons/Badges #2 1938-1940
- Ohio U.S.W.V.
Reunion Ribbons/Badges #3 1941-1947
- Ohio Auxiliary
U.S.W.V. Reunion Ribbons/Badges 1936-1941
Miscellaneous Buttons, Badges, and
Totten, John C. Hymns and
Spiritual Songs. New York, 1815.
McGuffey, Wm. H. McGuffey’s
Newly Revised Eclectic Fourth Reader. Cincinnati, Ohio, Winthrop B. Smith
and Co., 1848.