The now and then postings of the discoveries and contributions of the Miller and Bechtold families .

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spotlight on Persons: Hugh Joseph Miller (1923 - 2006) March 26 makes 4 years ago


View from the satellite of the Westleigh Farms as it is today. Hugh worked and stayed there.

The house nearer to the Westleigh Farms Barn.

The Barn at Westleigh Farms


The Main House of Cole Porter next door.


Hugh went back to the Peru area for a time, and stayed with the Coles. He helped out at the Westleigh Farm. People stayed at these houses; Cole Porter himself rarely stayed there. He mostly hung out in New York City.

Friends of Hugh Joseph Miller: the Coles.

Louis Albert "Bun" Cole married Ella McCaffrey
Kate Porter Cole married Florence McCaffrey.

(Brothers married sisters).

Florence "Toney" McCaffrey,  (died 1984) the first cousin of Alyce Miller and Hugh Joseph Miller, is the daughter of Florence Aloysius McCaffrey and Kate Porter Cole. Kate is named for her aunt Kate Porter, the mother of Cole Porter.

Florence Aloysius McCaffrey married again with Blanche Christina McLeod, and had a son Peter Anthony "Tony" McCaffrey (1932) still living.


Mary Ann Brown, who may have been just a child at the time, would probably still remember Hugh; she is living in Indiana, (first cousin once removed of Hugh).





Obituary for Sammy, who died in a car crash in 1934:

Samuel L. Cole (1900 - 1934)
Peru, April 30. -- A message from Fred GARLOW, grandson of the late William CODY (Buffalo Bill) Saturday afternoon informed local residents that Sam COLE, 34, was killed in an automobile accident at Cody, Wyo., early that morning.
The message stated that Cole was driving his car along the highway and his car skidded into the ditch. According to the message he was pinned under the car and his back was broken killing him instantly.
Mr. Cole was in Wyoming on a fishing trip.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ruth COLE, and one son, Sammy [COLE], a sister, Mrs. Kate COLE McCAFFREY, two brothers, J. Omer [COLE] and Louis COLE, of this county. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

We do miss Hugh and Mary Lou so.

1 comment:

  1. "Toney" Florence Anthony McCaffrey (1924-1985) is the daughter of Florence Aloysius McCaffrey and Kate Cole McCaffrey. "Tony" Peter Anthony McCaffrey (1932-still living) is the son of Florence Aloysius McCaffrey and his 2nd wife Blanche Christina McLeod.

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