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Florence Miller fonds

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The papers of Florence Miller (1889-1979) consist primarily of daily diaries and poetry written by Miller at her home in Topsail, Newfoundland, covering the years 1928 to 1979. In addition there is a large number of short verses that she wrote and submitted to greeting card companies, such as the Hallmark Company, for which she was paid. There are short stories, local histories and genealogical material, a few photographs, as well as one play that Miller wrote that was broadcast in 1925 on a radio station in Pittsburg. There is a small amount of material relating to the United Church in Topsail, the church she and her family faithfully attended during their lifetime. There is a significant collection of correspondence with a variety of people, including her good friend and fellow Newfoundland poet, Edwin Duder. And finally, although not directly related, there are articles written by Mary MacNeill-Duder, the wife of Edwin Duder. These were published in the 'The Lure of the Litchfield Hills', a semi annual magazine that was set in Litchfield, Connecticut. Mary MacNeill-Duder was born in St. John's, Newfoundland.
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Florence Miller was born in Topsail on July 8, 1889, the fourth of five children of Emma (Allen) and Joseph Miller. The Miller and Allen families were early settlers of this Conception Bay community. Robert Miller, Florence's grandfather, operated what is believed to be the first inn in Conception Bay. His son, Florence's father, was a self-taught surveyor who was employed with the Anglo-American Telegraph Company and served as their overseer of lines throughout Newfoundland. James Allen, Florence's maternal grandfather, was a schoolteacher in Topsail for many years. Both families were devoted Methodists and both grandfathers were lay readers in the Methodist Church (later United Church) at Topsail. Florence and her siblings attended the local Methodist school. They grew up during a time when Topsail was becoming the fashionable summer resort of St. John's families. Florence, after completing the Council of Higher Education (CHE) examinations in 1907, went to work as government telegraph operator in Topsail. In 1928 she was also appointed postmistress. She retired in 1942 after having worked for the government for over 34 years. An interesting item in the collection is her membership in the Commercial Telegraphers' Union, headquartered in Chicago, but with a local at Grand Falls [...]
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Memorial University of Newfoundland
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