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Notes for Francis Frederick Miles and Ada Elinor Harte

1875 Frank Miles was awarded second place in History and geography at the Trinity College School in Port Hope where he was a student. In a letter written 1 Jan 1968 to his daughter Judith, Edwin Schafer wrote that he had found an inscription "Trinity College School Port Hope, The 2nd History and Geography Prize, awarded to F.F. Miles, Form 11B, Charles J. Bethune, M.A. Headmaster, July 1876" in a copy of the book The Princes of India by Sir Edward Sullivan, published in 1875. [1]

1877 Ada Harte was awarded first place in natural science at the Ontario Model School in Toronto where she was a student. In a letter written 1 Jan 1968 to his daughter Judith, Edwin Schafer wrote that he had found an inscription "Ontario Model School, Toronto, 1st Prize Natural Science in Section I of Division 2nd, Presented to Ada Harte, The Ontario Department of Education, June 28, 1877" in a copy of the book Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. [2]

1880 On June 3, Frank F . Miles (age 20, born in Wisconsin, single) lived in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan. Frank's father was born in England, and his mother was born in Canada. Frank was one of six boarders in a household. He was working in a sawmill as were the other boarders. [3]

Frank Miles, Chicago, 1882.

1883 Frank Miles and Ada Harte were married on October 31 in Bellville, Hastings County, Ontario. [4][5][6]

Frank F. Miles (age 24, resident in Chicago, born in Milwaukee, an accountant, son of Frederick B. and Ella V. Miles, religion Church of England) and Ada E. Harte (age 21, resident in Belleville, born in Hamilton, daughter of John and Eliza H. Harte, religion Church of England) were married in Belleville, Hastings, Ontario on 31 Oct 1883. Witnesses were C. W. Meakins, Jr, resident in Montreal, and Ella Maude Miles, resident in Chicago.

1883 The Hamilton Spectator announced Frank and Ada's marriage on November 2.

Matrimonial. At Belleville on Wednesday last, the nuptials of Ada E. Harte, of that place, and Frank M. Miles, of Chicago, were celebrated. The bride is a daughter of a former well-known resident of this city, at one time connected with the firm of Gurney, Ware and Co. Miss Miles, sister of the bridegroom, assisted the bride, while Mr. Chas. Meakins, jr., of Montreal, acted as groomsman for Mr. Miles. The esteem in which the bride is held was evidenced by an array of handsome tokens. The happy couple left for New York via Montreal, thence to Chicago, where they will make their future home.

1884 Marion Elise Miles, daughter of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on July 27 in Cook County, Illinois.

1886 Ella Frances Miles, daugher of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on February 9 in Cook County, Illinois.

1888 Frederic Allen Miles, son of Francis F. Miles and Ada E. Harte, was born on May 3 in Hyde Park, Cook County, Illinois. [7]

1888 F.F. Miles registered to vote in Chicago on October 16, 1888. He was born in Wisconsin, and his residence was 309 53rd St. He had been living there for 16 months, and he had been living in the county and state for 8 years. He voted (ballot number 63). [8]

1890 Marshall Gilbert Miles, son of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on January 27 in Cook County, Illinois.

1891 Dorothy Louise Miles, daughter of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on September 21 in Cook County, Illinois.

1893 Roderick Miles was born on May 14 in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario. [9]

Frank Miles, Chicago, November 1895.

Ada Harte Miles, Chicago Nov. 1895

1895 Evelyn Miles, daughter of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on January 25 in La Grange, Cook County, Illinois.

1895 Douglas Roderick Miles died on December 8 at age 2 in Cook County, Illinois. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. [10] [11] He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. [12] Douglas died of diphtheria.

Judith (Schafer) (Chevalley) Hiss recalled being told that Frank went to get a doctor on a wintry day when Allen, Marshall and Douglas were ill with diphtheria. Marshall recovered, but Allen (about age 8) and Douglas (age 2) died that year. Frank developed tuberculosis and died about four years later. He lived and worked in Arizona for a short time in the early stages of his TB. The older children stayed with their grandmother Ella Victoria Smith Miles in Chicago while their parents were in Arizona. Philip Armour ("P.D.") transferred Frank to Omaha, Nebraska, and then to Longmont, Colorado (higher elevation) in 1900. Ella Frances lived with them in Colorado during her second year of high school. After Frank died, the family moved to Hamilton, Ontario where Ella completed high school in one year and then attended McDonald Institute, a two-year teachers' college. [13]

1896 Frederick Allen Miles died on February 20 in Cook County, Illinois at age 7. [14] He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. [15] His nickname, Johnny, is inscribed on his tombstone. He died of meningitis.

1896 Frank Harry Miles, son of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on July 18 in Cook County, Illinois.

1899 Margaret Leslie Miles, daughter of Frank F. and Ada E. Miles, was born on July 25 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

1900 On 9 June, Frank F. Miles (age 40, born August 1859 in Wisconsin) and family lived on Main Street, Longmount, Boulder County, Colorado. His father was born in England and his mother in Canada. His occupation was capitalist. Frank's wife Ada (age 37, born Oct 1863 in Canada) had had 8 children and 7 were living. Her father was born in Ireland and her mother in England. Frank and Ada had been married 16 years. Their children were daughters Marion (age 15, born July 1884) and Nellie (age 14, born Feb 1886), son Marshall (age 10, born Jan 1890), daughters Dorothy (age 8, born Sept 1891) and Evelyn (age 5, born Feb 1895), son Frank (age 2, born July 1897), and daughter Margaret (age 10/12, born July 1899). All of the children were born in Illinois. Also in the household was sister-in-law Sarah E. Harte (age 26, born August 1873 in Canada). [16]

Frank was an Armour & Co. executive. A set of letters from Philip D. Armour to Frank Miles was donated to the Washington State University Library by Edwin G. Schafer in 1965. These letters are in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, call number Cage 1605.

1901 In the Census of Canada, Ada E. Miles (age 38, born 31 October, 1862) lived in Hamilton City, Ontario, Canada with children Marion E (age 16), Ella F (age 15), Marshall G (age 11), Dorothy L (age 9), Evelyne A (age 6), Frank H (age 4), and Margaret S (age 1). [17]

1910 On April 18, Ada E. Miles (age 47, born in Canada), widow, lived at 106 North Madison in La Grange Village, Lyons Township, Cook County, Illinois with her children Marion E (age 25), Ella F (age 24), Marshall G (age 20), Dorothy L (age 18), Evelyn A (age 15), Frank H (age 13), and Margaret L (age 10). All the children were born in Illinois, except Margaret who was born in Nebraska, and their father was born in Wisconsin. Ada's father was born in Ireland and her mother in Canda.[18][19]

Ada Harte Miles.

1922 Ada Elinor Miles applied for a U.S. passport on August 30. She stated that she was born on the 31st day of October 1862 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and that her husband, now deceased, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lived outside the U.S. from her birth until 31 October 1883 and from January 1901 to September 1903 and that her current domicile was La Grange, Illinois. She stated that she was about to go abroad temporarily and would return within 3 years. She desired a passport to visit China to visit relatives and to visit Japan for sight seeing. She intended to depart from Vancouver on October 5. She was age 59, stature 5 feet 1/2 inches, with white hair and light grey eyes. Margaret Miles, teacher, of La Grange, Illinois, [Ada's daughter] attested to the accuracy of the passport application. The passport was issued on September 2. [20]

1924 On February 25, Ada Elinor Miles of La Grange, Illinois (age 61y 3m, Marital Status: W), arrived at Ellis Island on the ship Antonia from Southampton, England. [21]

2003 Jack (John Francis) Schafer wrote, [22]

Rohnert Park, CA, 3-30-2003

The following is a copy of a letter written by Elise Cushman, my Great-Great-Grandmother, to her Grandson, Francis Frederick Miles (my Grandfather), with her advice to him shortly after his marriage, dated 12-26-1883. I have the original handwritten letter.

Frank, who died in 1900, and his widow Ada, must have cherished this 1883 letter from his Grandmother, as it remained in Ada's papers at the time of her death at their daughter Ella's home in Pullman in 1945. Following Ella's (my Mother) death in 1958, my Dad sent me the letter in 1959 with the following note:

Pullman, Washington
September 27, 1959

Dear Jack,

When you, Joyce, and Patty were here in 1950, I think, Mother showed you a letter that her (Great) Grand Mother Cushman wrote to her Father at the time Mother's parents were married. You indicated your interest in the letter. Evidently Mother wrote lightly near the top of the first page, "This is for Jack."

It would seem as though your Grand Father, Frank Miles treasured it enough so that he kept it. I think it was among your Grand Mother Miles' things when she came to our home in 1944. It came to our attention again when Judith was here and did sorting.

You will see that it is a nicely written top quality level letter and that the sentiments expressed are most interesting. Since it was written in 1883, it will not stand much handling, so I had copies made and am enclosing one copy. If George and Judith each care for a copy, I will send copies to them.

To read the letter one feels that he is almost intruding, particularly as you read, "I know you will excuse these few hints, Frank dear, I only whisper them into your ear--" and then note her closing, your ever loving Grand Ma".

I am sorry that I am substituting for Mother in sending you this letter. Likely she was not ready to part with it at the time you read it and thought of it as a keepsake. However, she marked it for you. And I am sure it would have pleased her to know that you would sometime have it. I am sure that you will treasure it highly.

I send love,

1883 On December 26, Eliza (Delehoy) (Billing) (Miles) Cushman wrote to her grandson Francis Frederick Miles:

195 Main St. Bunker Hill, Boston
Dec. 26th, '83

My dear Frank,

I can lose no time in thanking you for the very beautiful Christmas gift which arrived, without damage, yesterday. It is the most unique thing of the kind I ever saw, & will be greatly admired by all who enter our parlor through the winter. In buying it, you laid out too much money on your poor old Grandma; but she values your kindness greatly.

I also thank you for the note which accompanies it, & it makes me so glad to know you are so happy & that you can say you have everything in your home that you can wish for. To quote one of the selections in this lovely Christmas souvenir, "Love is better than spectacles to make everything look nice." I fully believe that you have made no mistake in the selection of a companion for life, and all I hear of Ada, confirms me in that opinion. And I congratulate Ada too on securing such a husband as I feel entirely sure my dear grandson will be to her. Your lives will not be an unmingled current of happiness, because your Heavenly Father knows it would not be good for any of His children to have it so. Trials will come; of what kind you have no idea now, but it will be all right, because God never made a mistake. But you are very happy now between yourselves, & God grant it may ever be so! I think many men would retain the affection and love of the women they marry much longer if they would express the tenderness they really feel, oftener. Women like to hear a husband say that he loves, over & over again. They like to hear them tell them in plain terms that he misses them when they are absent. They like compliments, when they come from the heart, & a little praise of dress or manner, or arrangement of household goods, is a great comfort to one who has given herself to one man for a life time. A term of endearment, a pet name, so little token that she is to him what no other woman is, will make her feel matrimony a happier estate than the merriest time of girlhood. I know you will excuse these few hints, Frank, dear. I only whisper them into your ear, for I have seen a great deal of married life, & I speak that I do know.

I thought so much of you all yesterday & wanted greatly to know what presents you had at the office. I wonder if they were the same as last Xmas, & if your salary will be raised.

We had a very nice Xmas-day, & it brought us each & all many presents. A lovely cardbook from your father, & a very pretty ditto from Herbert, dear child! Also a letter & card from Will, & this morning, your Aunt Ella has started for New York for a week's holiday,--"on a bust" to use her own expressive language! How you would both of you, love Ella if you knew her! She is always bright & happy, & enjoys everything. What a pleasant thing life would be if the days were filled with sunshine & the sunshine was never dimmed by shadows. But it would not be good for us. We would get scorched!

The Old Year has almost passed away, bearing its record to Heaven. For myself, it has certainly not been spent as it should have been or valued as it ought to have been, or improved as it might have been.

But farewell to it, & to its hopes, & joys & sorrows. It brought us many pleasures, amongst not the least of which is my becoming acquainted with all my grandchildren.

I am so sorry about poor little Rosie, but hope she is daily gaining strength. What a confinement it has been for that sweet Mother of yours! Will says in his letter that he shall not marry until he finds just such another woman as his Mother. So, we will set poor Will down for a confirmed bachelor.

An now, having come to the end of my paper I will love & leave you.

God bless you both, & become to you an ever-present, joyful reality.

I am now going to write to your Mother, to Will, & to Herbert.

Your ever loving Grandma!

E. Cushman


[1] Family Document, Letter from Edwin Schafer to his daughter Judith, 1968.

[2] Family Document, Letter from Edwin Schafer to his daughter Judith, 1968.

[3] US census, 1880, [Ancestry_Image], [Ancestry_Record].

[4] Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927, [FamilySearch_Image], [FamilySearch_Record].

[5] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928, [Ancestry_Image].

[6] Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927, [FamilySearch_Image], [FamilySearch_Record].

[7] Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940, [FamilySearch_Record], [FHL Film Catalog].

[8] Chicago Voter Registration

[9] Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

[10] Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994, Certificate no. 00001235, [FamilySearch_Record], [FHL Film Catalog].

[11] Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Death Index, Name of decedent: Douglas R MIles, certificate 00001235, [Illinois_Archives].

[12] Find A Grave Memorial 135016456, [Find_A_Grave].

[13] Personal Communication, Judith Schafer Chevalley Hiss.

[14] Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994, Certificate no. 00012041, [FamilySearch_Record], [FHL Film Catalog].

[15] Find A Grave Memorial 135016644, [Find_A_Grave].

[16] United States Census, 1900, [FamilySearch_Image].

[17] Canada census, 1901, Ontario, Hamilton, Ward/Quartier No 1, [Ancestry_Image].

[18] US census, 1910, [Ancestry_Image], [Ancestry_Record].

[19] United States Census, 1910, lines 46-50 and next page lines 51-53, [FamilySearch_Image], [FamilySearch_Record].

[20] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Roll 2093 - Certificates: 216226-216599, 01 Sep 1922-05 Sep 1922, [Ancestry_Image].

[21] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Roll 3455, 1924, Manifest Line Number: 0006, [Ancestry_Image].

[22] Family Document, Notes of John Francis Schafer.

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