Thursday, November 10, 2016

Teacher Robert E. MILLER dies of polio (1952)

source: Danville Gazette (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, November 20, 1952 - page 1, columns 5-7:

Robert E. Miller, 27, industrial arts teacher in Brownsburg schools, died Monday evening, a victim of bulbar polio.

Mr. Miller, the father of three small children, was taken ill Friday but remained at school. He had been a regular timekeeper at Brownsburg High School basketball games but did not attend Friday's game at Danville.

His illness progressed and he was taken to Methodist Hospital Monday where he died about 8 pm.

Classes at Brownsburg are expected to continue, except for being dismissed so students may attend Mr. Miller's funeral. The state board of health in similar past cases has expressed the belief that closer observance is possible if children continue class attendance than if they are released.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm tomorrow (Friday) at Brownsburg Christian Church. Officiating will be Rev. Lester Yearick, church pastor, and Rev. Sharp, minister at Lebanon. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Jones & Matthews, Brownsburg undertakers, are in charge.

The popular teacher had been employed at Brownsburg schools for three years and lived one and one-half miles southeast of Brownsburg on rural route 1.

Mr. Miller was born at Lebanon on March 27, 1925, the son of Jubal and Goldie Miller. He was graduated from Ball State Teachers College, Muncie. During World War II he was a gunners mate 3rd class in the Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Louise, and three children, Charles, James and Wanda June.

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