Individual Record 77

Name}   Miller, Robert Alfred (Bob) Family History} Olson                  
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 10 May 1921 Place} Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey
Marr.: Date} Exa 10 Dec 1944  M Place} Alhambra, Los Angeles, California;     (Link)
Marr.: Date} Fam     Jul 1955 Place}   , El Dorado, California;     (Link)
Marr.: Date} Exa  1 Jun 1968 Place} Tahoe City, El Dorado, California;     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  7 Jan 1984 Place} Sacramento, Sacramento, California
Burial: Date} Exa  9 Jan 1984 Place} East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, California
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}  12 = Family notes
Source 2}  39 = Address list
Source 3}  57 = Family notes
Source 4}  62 = Funeral record
Source 5}  63 = Letter
Source 6} 326 = Phone book
Source 7} 440 = Family notes
Source 8} 533 = Death record
Source 9} 541 = S.S. record
Source 10}564 = Baptism rec
Source 11}610 = Newspaper
Source 12}622 = Letter
Parents: } Peter John Miller & Evelyn Mae Baldwin
   Relationship No.} 3
1st Household No.} 259 =Fullarton Street, Atlanta Geornia
      Occupation 1} Salesman
       Occupation 2}  
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime} Kirkbride, Lucille
                              Rhymes, Bettie Jeanne
                              Smith, Frances E. (Fran)
   Total Number of} 3
Source 13}  627 = Newspaper
Source 14}  630 = Photograph
Source 15}  643 = Photograph
Source 16}  645 = Photograph
Source 17}  648 = Photograph
Source 18}  650 = Photograph
Source 19}  652 = Photograph
Source 20}  653 = Photograph
Source 21}  654 = Photograph
Source 22}  655 = Photograph
Source 23}  656 = Photograph
Source 24}  657 = Photograph
Source 25}  658 = Photograph
Source 26}  659 = Photograph
Source 27}  660 = Photograph
Source 28}  661 = Photograph
Source 29}  662 = Photograph
Source 30}  663 = Photograph
Source 31}  665 = Photograph
Source 32}  673 = Photograph
Source 33}  749 = 1930 USA cen
Source 34}  865 = Military rec
Source 35}  963 = Cemetery rec
Source 36}  1249=Photograph
Source 37}  1265=Photograph
Source 38}  1273=Newspaper
Source 39}  1334=1940 USA cen
Source 40}  1430=Marriage rec
Source 40}  867 = Marriage rec
Notes:  Robert Alfred Miller was born 10 May 1921 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey.  His parents were Peter John Miller of Danish descent, and Evelyn Mae Baldwin.  He was baptized 16 Oct 1921 in the First Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; He had an older brother, John Leslie.  From an early age, Robert was known as Bob, and his older brother as Jack.  The family moved often, sometimes living in houses, and sometimes in flats over storefronts.  Bob grew up mainly in Perth Amboy.  However, in 1930 the family spent one year living in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father was a prisoner in the U.S. Federal Penitentiary, Atlanta.  By then, Bob had a younger sister, and two younger brothers.

Click to enlarge The family returned to Perth Amboy in 1931, where Bob became a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 6.  He also was a paper boy for the Perth Amboy Evening News, and went to Washington D.C. in March 1933 with other newspaper boys, including his brother Jack.  In March of 1934, at age 13, Bob was seriously injured when taking out the ash cans.  The cellar door fell on his head, and he allegedly suffered a skull and jaw fractures, and lacerations.  At the time, the family was living at 285 State Street, Perth Amboy.

Peter J. Miller family Robert Miller On 5 Oct 1935, the family left for California traveling by car with all of their possessions, camping as they traveled by way of the Southern route.  They settled in Wilmar (now Rosemead) at 2912 South Stevens Street.  Bob is seen at right with his bicycle and dog in 1936.  A few years later, Bob gained another little sister.  After high school, Bob attended college for one year.  At some point he returned to New Jersey, as he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 Oct 1942 in Union County, New Jersey.

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge On 10 Dec 1944, Bob married Lucille Kirkbride in the Little Stone Chapel of Turner, Stevens, and Turner in Alhambra, California.  At the time of his marriage he was a material coordinator in steel fabrication and engineering.  In the spring of 1949, they traveled to New Jersey to visit his relatives.  Bob is seen at right with his grandmother, Frances Lydia Baldwin, his uncle, Wilfred L. Baldwin, and his Uncle Chris Miller's family.

Bob and Lucille had one daughter in 1952, but the marriage ended in divorce.  Bob was in the paint and wallpaper business, as was the rest of the family.  In 1945, he was a partner with his father, opening the Montebello store at 134 North Fifth Street, Montebello.  In 1952, when he was living at 8651 Abilene Street, Rosemead, he sold his part in the business back to his father.  He was also a partner with his father in the Pasadena store, located at 643 East Colorado.

In 1954, between marriages, Bob was living with his parents at 101 E. Adams, Alhambra.  In July 1955, he married Bettie Jeanne Rhymes in El Dorado County, California.  They had one daughter in 1957, but in 1959, this marriage also ended with divorce.

Bob moved north, and settled in Oakland, California.  At one time he played the French horn, as seen at the left, with the Oakland Symphony.  His third marriage was to Frances E. Smith, known as Fran.  His mother, Evelyn Miller, was present for the ceremony on 1 Jun 1968, in the Presbyterian Church in Tahoe City, California.

Fran liked to take photographs, and Bob's life after marriage was much photographed.  They also did quite a bit of moving about as well as taking many vacations. In 1969, Bob and Fran lived in a house on Salmon Falls Drive in Sacramento.  Bob evidently liked to barbeque.  In 1971, they were living in San Leandro, California.  In 1974, they were living in a house on Knoll Way, Castro Valley, California.  They were in their second mobile home in San Leandro, when it snowed in 1976.  Eventually, they moved to Sacramento.

Bob had a company called Miller Sales.  He also owned The Miller Transportation transportation Company in Oakland.  He and Fran attended hardware shows in Brooks Hall, San Francisco, in 1974, 1975, and 1976.

Bob died suddenly on 7 Jan 1984 of heart failure.  Fran said he evidently had a premonition that time was short, and was tidying up his affairs.  He wrote me a thank you note the day before he died.  Burial was by cremation, and he resides in the Azalea Garden, East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, California.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date} Exa 16 Oct 1921 Place} 1st Presbyterian Church,
            Perth Amboy, Middlesex, NJ
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Confirm. Date}   Photos} Bob, date unknown
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} High School             or Top 2 Degrees} 1 Year college
Military: Service} Army Air Corp         for the State of} United States
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   7 Dec 2015
Date Created}  16 Apr 1993
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