MILLER, HANDY, SCOTT, GASSAWAY


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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 06:24:33 :

Independent journal
Tuesday, May 15, 1962
Page 4

Mrs. Edith Miller, Bolinas, Dies At 91

Death has ended the 91-year life span of Mrs. Edith Scott Miller of Bolinas, who pioneered Alaska in the gold rush years and returned to Marin to watch it grow from rural county to teeming suburb.

Mrs. Miller died Sunday in a local hospital after long illness.

She had outlived by 21 years her husband, George J. Miller, whom she followed to Alaska in the 1890s to help establish minersí stores in such off-trail gold rush communities as mouse Point and Tanana. She remained 12 years in Alaska, often living in communities populated principally by Indians or Eskimos, and her three eldest sons were born (sic).

She had come to Marin in girlhood from her native San Francisco. Here she married Miller, a grandson of James Martin Miller who crossed the plains with Don Timoteo Murphy and with him acquired the rancho where Marinwood is now located. Here she returned after her years in Alaska.

Miller, back from his Alaskan ventures, worked for the San Francisco board of Trade until his retirement about 1938. The family moved in that year from their longtime home in San Rafael to the home on the Bolinas-Olema road where Mrs. Miller spent the rest of her years.

She is survived by three sons, William J. Miller of Corte Madera, James M. Miller of Woodacre, and Joseph K. Miller of Bolinas, and by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Aidanís Episcopal Church, Bolinas.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Harry M. Williams Mortuary, San Rafael. Inurnment will be private.
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A Death Notice in the same paper adds information: she was the daughter of the late George E. and Anna H. Scott, and sister of the late Georgianna Scott, Dr. Florence Scott, Sarah Gassaway, Helen Scott, Hazel Scott, and Charles Scott.

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The CA Death Index gives her date of birth: August 5, 1870; and her motherís maiden name: Handy.




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