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Accession #MC2008/208
TopicMiller, Edith Alice Collection,
KeywordsMinisters, Mt. Morris, Church of the Brethren, Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Alumni Association, Winger Memorial Fund, Fundraising, Church of the Brethren, Pokagon, Boebel, Potawatomi, Bunker, Wampler, Grettenberger, Bollinger, Local History, Chief Pokagon,
TitleEdith Alice Miller Collection
LocationMemory Shelves
CitationEdith Alice Miller Collection, MC2008/208, Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessResearchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenanceSee Archivist's Note
Scope and Content

1.  Candy box filled with obituaries and newsclippings of members of the Church of the Brethren and/or folks in the community.
2.  Sunday School Books from West Manchester Church of the Brethren, Edith Miller Secretary.
3.  Book, "Letter From Foreign Lands," by Otho Winger, Part One.
4.  Handwritten treatises on various books of the Bible;  Romans, I Corinthians, Galatians, James, Acts, Ephesians, I Timothy, II Timothy, II Corinthians, Titus and Philemon, Romans, Acts (another version).  These little "books" are bound with colored thread or embroidery thread.
5.  Personal letters from family members, including Mrs. A. M. Stine (Bertha).
6.  Letters from Uncle "Cal"? Price.
7.  Photo of son of Moy Gwong with handwritten inscription on the verso.  [Photo was identified by Moy Gwong's Grandson, Gerard Fong who wrote,"This is a very young version of my youngest uncle (who is now in his 70's)."]  Located now with Moy Gwong materials  Alumni Box 187, in alphabetical order, Gwong, Moy.
8.  Paul and Violet  Box 1 Shrider 50th anniversary newsclipping (located now in Faculty and Staff boxes: Shrider, Paul)
9.  Dr. Lloyd M. Hoff obituary. 
Now located with Hoff materials in Faculty and Staff files in large boxes.
10. Orrel Little article
now located with Little materials in Faculty and Staff large boxes.
11. Booklet by Manchester College Professor, Raymond Schutz, "Three Thousand miles Between."
12. 1918 Commencement Week Programs Schedule. 
Located with Commencement Materials in Large Boxes.
13. Pleasant Hill Cemetery: Deed to L. M. Neher Family (Bertha's first husband), Cemetery Constitution, Constitution and by-Laws.
14. Letter from Mrs. Weaver.
15. Photo of Vivianne WInger.  This is probably Robert Wingers daughter and Granddaughter of Otho Winger...but more research will need to be done to confirm this.
16. Article: Star of Service Award, 1932, to Otho Winger: Now found in
Otho WInger files in GF: Faculty and Staff, organized alphabetically.
17. Winger Memorial Fund Cash and Pledges (small poster with names and donation amounts) and Otho Winger Society Brochure.
Brochure about Otho's book, "The Lost Sister Among the Miamis." Photocards of Otho and Ida Miller Winger, 1942.  File folder located in Otho Winger files in GF: Faculty and Staff, organized alphabetically.
18. "In Memory of Ida Miller Winger," by Otho Winger, a small book about the life and family of his wife, Ida.
This file is located in the Otho Winger files in GF: Faculty and Staff, organized alphabetically.
19. Letters
20. Letter by Otho Winger regarding his wife's death. This file is located in the Otho Winger files in GF: Faculty and Staff, organized alphabetically.
21. Prayer by Louann Winger (granddaughter of Otho and Ida Winger) that was quoted in Winger's book, "In Memory of Ida Miller Winger."
22. Photo of Chlora Metzger, MC Class of 1916, married to Roy Rhodes (information from the Alumni directory).  Edith's notations say Chlora graduated in 1918.
23. Photos of the Grettenberger family.24. Dr. Russell V. Bollinger obituary and funeral program.  Now in faculty large boxes, see:  Bollinger.
24. Dr. Russell V. Bollinger obituary and funeral program.  Now in faculty large boxes, see:  Bollinger.25. William Cable article.  Now in BP file, see: cable, William.
26. Sadie Wampler newspaper clipping showing Sadie and her self portrait.  Now in faculty large boxes, see: Wampler, Sadie.
27. "We Are What We've Come From," Generation 6, focusing on the life of  A. M. Stine.  Also information on Alice Amanda Culp and Bertha Miller.
28. 1926 Class Information.
29. 1964 and other year Christmas card from the A. Blair Helman family. Now in General File under Christmas Cards.
30. Copies of the Gospel Messenger, Vol. 93, No. 12, March 18, 1944. Article by Alice K. Ebey regarding Ida Miller Winger.
31. Photo of Bill Eberly with Schwarzenau painting by Rarick.
32. Family announcement of the death of Lawrence W. Shultz. Now in Faculty Staff boxes, see: Shultz.
33. Miscellaneous file:  additional obituaries, information on the Shull children,  "Memory Speaks, North Manchester Celebrates Its First 150 Years," program for play written by Dr. Charles Boebel and dedicated to Dr. Ladoska Z. Bunker, article from "The Noble County American," Albion, Indiana, Thursday, June 24, 1982, pg. 7 regarding the Potawatomi Chief Simon Pokagon, Last Chief of the Potawatomies, personal information about Edith Alice Miller.

For more information on Edith Alice Miller see West Manchester Church of the Brethren.


Date of Accession25 November 2008
Bio History Note

Edith Miller (Deedie) was the sister-in-law of Otho Winger, former President of Manchester College.  Edith's sister, Ida Miller, was married to Otho Winger and another sister, Bertha Miller was married to Levi Neher (deceased in 1924) and then to Mr. A. M. Stine.  Edith never married and took some care of all the Miller grandchildren in turn.  The oldest, Royal, could not say Edith and called her "Deedie."  Deedie became a name the family called her by.  Edith kept many personal letters, family memorabilia and obituaries of Brethren and folks from the town of North Manchester.  The archivist believes Edith attended West Manchester Church of the Brethren.

The 1918 Programs of Commencement Week feature:
Oratorio, "The Messiah."
Expression Play, "Esther."

"In Memory of Ida Miller Winger," by Otho Winger:  Ida's last words were, "Take good care of Edith."

Edith's sister, Bertha Miller Neher by first marriage and Bertha Stine by the second), was one of the first ordained women ministers in the Church of the Brethren.  The following information is taken from "The Brethren Encyclopedia:"

Stine, Bertha Miller Neher, 1873-1948, teacher, minister, author, and daughter of Amos B. and Sarah Cupp Miller.  Bertha was a graduate of Mt. Morris Academy (1893) and married Levi M. Neher in 1894.  She was licensed to preach by the Milford, IN, congregation in 1908. Bertha Neher wrote a well-known children's book, "Among the Giants" (1895, often reprinted),  and contributed to the Brethren Teacher's Monthly (1907-32). Levi Neher died in 1924 and Bertha married A. M. Stine in 1928. 

      • For additional material about Bertha, see: "Stories of Days Long Gone in the Acme School, North Manchester, Indiana," by Bertha Miller Neher.

Chief Pokagon was the last Chief of the Potawatomies and was the son of Chief Leopold Pokagon who sold the United States over one million acres of tribal land in the Chicago area in 1833 at the price of 3 cents per acre.  Much of Simon's life was spent in an attempt to receive at least partial payment of the money owed to the Potawatomies by the government, eventually securing an appropriation of some $150,000 which he divided among the remaining members of the tribe.

Archivist Note

Provenance: Unknown.  The Archivist found materials in a box and on shelves near the box in the Archives "Office" in April of 2006.  There was no real identification as to what was included in the collection and where the collection stopped or started or how it was combined with other materials that had been brought to the Archives and occupied the same box or shelves....some materials probably got separated from the original collection.  The Archivist has made an attempt to bring the materials together and organize them.  She believes that some descriptions of the materials are written in Edith's own hand.


Description prepared 25 November 2008 by Jeanine M. Wine, updated 01 December 2008 by Jeanine M. Wine and last updated 26 July 2011 by Jeanine Wine.


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