Virgil Miller

Virgil Scott Miller (1888 - 1956)

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Virgil Scott Miller
Born in Cloverport, Breckinridge County, Kentuckymap
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Husband of [private wife (1900s - 1970s)]
Descendants descendants
Father of and [private daughter (1930s - unknown)]
Died in Los Angeles, Californiamap
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Virgil and his Buddies c1915 Hutchinson, Kansas


Virgil was born September, 8, 1888, in Cloverdale, Kentucky, on the Ohio River[1]


Virgil's father, Lewis Miller, was also born in Cloverport, Kentucky.[2]Virgil's mother was Elizabeth Ann Hendrick Miller who was also from Cloverport.


Virgil lived with his parents and siblings in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1905. Virgil had four sisters and one brother, 2 older and 3 younger, living with him. Their names were:
  • Hester Ann b. 1873
  • Alred Luther b. 1875
  • Chlora T. b. 1877
  • Edward Lewis b. 1880
  • Warfield Hendrick b. 1883
  • Eliza Mildred b. 1884
  • Michael b. 1886
  • Raymond Lewis b. 1890
  • Ruth Haynes b. 1892
  • Pearl Towsy b. 1895

First Job

Virgil's first real job was working at one of the steam cleaning businesses in town. Hutchinson was a busy place back in the early 20th century, several salt mines and the connection of railroads like the 'Rock Island Line', and the 'Santa Fe' brought people, and goods to the growing city. Virgil started working at the Model Steam Cleaning before 1910, when he was 20, living at home with his father and mother and his siblings.[3]

First Marriage

Ruth Purgett
In 1917, Virgil was married to Ruth Purgett, living in Hutchinson, and working as the superintendent of the Model Steam Cleaning on 2nd West street. He was 28 years old.Virgil and Ruth Purgett separated after a few years.[4]

Second Marriage

Jessie Heath
Virgil continued working at the Model Cleaners in town. One day, while on a lunch break, Virgil met his second wife, Jesse Heath, at a soda fountain downtown. Virgil told Jesse that he was planning to move to southern California. Jesse, single and living away on her own in Hutchinson, liked the idea. Virgil told Jesse that once he got situated in Long Beach, California, he would send her the money to by a ticket on the train. Jesse agreed and once she received the money from Virgil she took the train to Los Angeles where Virgil met her.[5]


Virgil and Jesse's Marriage Certificate
Virgil and Jesse were married in Santa Ana, Orange County, California on 28 Jan 1924. Virgil was 33 and Jesse was 22. Virgil notes that it is his "first marriage", however he had been married to Ruth Purgett back in Kansas. Jesse's writes down that she is 22 years old, not knowing that California has never had a 'legal age' requirement. Grandma! Shame on you!!![6]


The Virgil Miller Family
Virgil and Jessie's first daughter, Marilyn Maxine was born on December 1, 1924. Virgil was working for Buffum's department store in Long Beach, California. No doubt, Virgil was probably working in the 'home improvement' department, installing flooring etc as he started a carpet and linoleum business with a friend not long after. In 1929, another daughter came along and they named her Phyllis.[7]

1933 Earthquake Hits L.A.

In 1931, in Compton, California, Virgil and Jesse operated a grocery store and poultry ranch on Alondra St., which at the time was called Olive St. They grew chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits. They slaughtered and dressed the birds and sold them wholesale and through their store. The Compton area had a long history of agriculture and producing grain. Actually, the land was donated with the agreement that so much of the Compton area would be used for agriculture. Well, Virgil and Jesse were doing just that when the earthquake hit in 1933.[8][9]

Move to Nampa/Caldwell Idaho

Because of the loss of the business and home, Virgil and Jesse, with the girls, Marilyn and Phyllis headed for a better future, living on a farm in the Nampa/Caldwell area of Idaho. Jesse's mother, Ella Maude Hopkins went along. Jesse's younger brother, Rex T. Heath was living there in Caldwell with his wife, [[Hall-23177|Charlotte Hall.[10]


Things did not go well in Idaho. Jesse returned with the girls and divorced Virgil.

Virgil's Death and Burial

Grandpa Virgil's Gravestone
In 1956, when Virgil was 68 years old, living alone in his trailer in Los Angeles County, he passed away. Virgil's body was taken back to Hutchinson, Kansas, by train, accompanied by his two daughters, Marilyn and Phyllis, to be laid at rest near his family at the Eastside Cemetery.


  1. World War I Draft Card.
  2. Kansas State Census - 1905
  3. 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. World War I Draft Card.
  5. Family story from Jesse's daughter
  6. California Marriage License; Family Search Org
  7. U.S. City Directories; Long Beach, CA, 1925
  8. personal family history
  9. 1933 Long Beach Earthquake; USGenWeb Archives Web Site
  10. Personal family story by Profile Manager - Scott Lee
  • Biography was written by D. Scott Lee, Grandson, with the help of Virgil's youngest daughter, my aunt Phyllis.

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