Ralph William Miller

8 Jan 1915 - 15 Sep 1995


Ralph William Miller

8 Jan 1915 - 15 Sep 1995
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Monica Miler revised 10/4/95 3rd period Melody Ann Miller May 16, 1982 Family History Ralph W. Miller was born in the “old Miller” home at Seventeenth North Grant Avenue, in American Fork, Utah, January 8, 1915, at 6:30 P.M. He lived in this same house until he was married in 1938. Some of his e
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Ralph William Miller

Married: 12 Jul 1938

Evergreen Cemetery

1876-1998 North 2000 West
Springville, Utah, Utah
United States

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Sealed July 21, 1952


May 29, 2011


May 26, 2011

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Family History--Ralph W. Miller

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

Monica Miler revised 10/4/95 3rd period Melody Ann Miller May 16, 1982 Family History Ralph W. Miller was born in the “old Miller” home at Seventeenth North Grant Avenue, in American Fork, Utah, January 8, 1915, at 6:30 P.M. He lived in this same house until he was married in 1938. Some of his earliest recollections are as a boy of three years. Ralph was feeding the chickens, in particular an old crippled hen. The snow that year was over his head. He would chase the chickens up and down the tunnels or paths shoveled out by his father and his older brothers Rollo and Leon. At about the age of five, Ralph received a beautiful Dan Patch coaster wagon, named after the famous race horse. Ralph’s favorite place to play was down along the fence that ran from his place to Main Street. They had neighbors to the south by the name of Poulson. The Poulson’s had a daughter named Vilo. She was Ralph’s first girl friend at the age of seven. Ralph’s schooling started in the old Harrington School, located in the middle of town, then to Forbses School. He remembers all of his grade school teachers. Ralph went to junior high and then to high school. He graduated from high school in 1933. Ralph almost didn’t make it to that time, though. In February of that same year, while walking home from Lehi, he was hit from behind by a car. Ralph was knocked unconscious ad his left leg muscles were torn loose from his ankle to his hip. He had to crawl home the remaining two miles. As a result of this accident, he had to spend nine weeks in bed. The “hit and run” driver was never found. After graduating from high school, Ralph and some of his buddies got together. They sat on a park lawn trying to think of something fun to do. A train passed through town. These boys went and caught that train and rode it for quite some time. During their travels, these boys had many experiences. Once when they were walking alongside the railroad tracks, Ralph saw something shine and discovered a gold-chained watch. The men who kept watch on the trains were called Bulls. One particular “bull” seemed to be really tough and Ralph kept his eye on him. This “bull” came down on top of a railroad car in pursuit of a boy. When the boy was caught, the man stood on top of his hands and beat the boy over the head with a rubber hose. A couple of Ralph’s friends, Dayton Healey and Don Wagstaff, jumped up on top of an engine and went to sleep. When they woke up they found themselves in a round house. A certain “bull” in Omaha rode one hundred miles to get boys off the train. When this man caught Ralph and his friends, he took then down to a car with forty-five other boys. To show that he meant business, the man took off his coat and unveiled a 45 rife under each arm. In Colorado, Ralph and company got tied up because all of the trains were out. When one finally did come in, they had to ride in a refrigerator car. After traveling one hundred miles into Denver, one can imagine how nice the hot sun felt upon exiting. The boys were able to see the World’s Fair on this trip. When Ralph returned home, his sister didn’t even recognize him until he was next to her. The boys who accompanied Ralph on this expedition were Don Wagstaff, Dayton Healey, Fred Healey, Jim Durrant, Dale Durrant, and Ed Darling. Ralph doesn’t know the current whereabouts of the Healey brothers. He, however, is the only one still living out of the remaining group. Don was a guard down at a prison and was stabbed and killed by an inmate.. Ed was killed on the highway by a truck. Ralph had a Newfoundland dog named Bawley. His uncle owned the dog to begin with. When he was just a year old, Bawley saved this uncle’s life. A bull was chasing him and pinned him down. Bawley grabbed for the bull’s nose and his uncle was able to crawl underneath the fence and escape. Bawley used to chase Model T’s. They were designed with a metal rim protruding out of the tire. Bawley got caught on one of those rims and it bore a hole into his side. For the rest of his life, Bawley had to carry that leg. He was thereafter called the “arithmetic dog.” This was because he “put down three and carried one.” When Ralph would go over to town at night, some guys would razz him. One of the boys went to tap Ralph on the shoulder and Bawley jumped at the boy’s throat. He would’ve torn out his jugular vein if the boy hadn’t moved. All of his life, Ralph has had a great interest in auto mechanics, or mechanics of any kind for that matter. He enjoyed making things work and using his carpentry skills. Ralph has always loved the great outdoors and being next to nature. He loves the desert and vast open spaces. Ralph is always trying to see the “other side of the Hill.” He especially enjoys traveling the back roads, away from the crowds. Ralph has always loved the Church of Jesus Christ of Latte-day Saints. He has tried to do most of the tings that were asked of him. Ralph says of himself that he doesn’t think that he has lived a terribly exciting life, or accomplished any great things. However, he does admit that it’s been a good life. If he could do it all again, Ralph says that he would’ve wanted to gain more and better education. He doesn’t think that any of the young people today could relate to the way life was back in his time. Ralph thinks it was great.

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Ralph William Miller was born on 8 Jan 1915
Ralph William Miller was 15 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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Ralph William Miller was 16 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
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Ralph William Miller was 31 years old when World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China.
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Ralph William Miller was 43 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
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Ralph William Miller was 49 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
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Ralph William Miller was 62 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
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Ralph William Miller was 66 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
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Ralph William Miller died on 15 Sep 1995 at the age of 80
Grave record for Ralph William Miller (8 Jan 1915 - 15 Sep 1995), BillionGraves Record 3122 Springville, Utah, Utah, United States