Category Archives: Mills

A Father’s Concern for his Daughter

In the somewhat shaky handwriting of a 72-year-old man, he signed the letter “[I] remain thy affectionate father, Jonathan Wright.” The letter, written December 12, 1820, was an expression of love and concern.  Jonathan had recently learned that his son-in-law, … Continue reading

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A Little Boy’s Shoes

Amid all the great and terrible things of history, parents have to put shoes on their children.  On the frontier, there was no Wal-Mart, no local store to provide any size and style of shoe a person wanted.  Other arrangements … Continue reading

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From Immigrant to Entrepeneur

In 1849, my great-great-great grandfather, John Semler, came to America with his parents.  He was about fourteen at the time.  They settled in Somerset, Pennsylvania. They had come from the German state of Hessen-Darmstadt, from a small town called Nieder-Ohmen. … Continue reading

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Grounded

Everywhere I’ve lived has had a connection with my family’s past. Growing up in Richmond, Indiana, I knew my family had a history there.  My grandfather and great-grandfather were publishers of the local newspaper.  My great-great grandfather recruited and led … Continue reading

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