Local History and Genealogy

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lawrence Miller : Pioneer School Boy

Lawrence Miller, as far as we have been able to find out, is the only person living who was a member of the first class which started to school in Angola. He was born in 1831 in New Jersey, and moved to angola when he was five years old.  The next year, he went to the first school ever held in Angola.  It was held in a log building, which stood on Sowle's lot, diagonally across the street from the Methodist church.  The first teacher was Miss Waterman.

When Mr Miller came to Angola the town was made up of  four log cabins.  The people who were here and those who came later, were mostly from Ohio, New Jersey, and New York. Louise Hendry isthe only person now living who was at Angola when he came here.

Mr Miller has been a farmer nearly all his life, and is now living at Pleasant Lake.  Although he will be seventy-six years old next August, he is still very active.  The day that the representative of the Spectator was down to see him,  he had gone from his home up town, a distance of 40 rods, three times.

Angola Spectator 1907
(Angola School Yearbook)