The House on Miller Lane

The House on Miller Lane( a story between two people)

Hi Jack.
Hi Bertha.

How you been?
Pretty good so far.
Doc Johnson said my daily walks are improving my strength.

That why you’re up here on the Lane today?
Yep and staying outta the wife’s kitchen…hee hee.

Heard you had company from out of town.

Yep, Jenny is busy with her sisters daughter teaching her to can peaches.
I see you,re out walking that old dog again. He’s getting pretty long on years.

It gives me good exercise to walk old Barney and keeps me away from the phone.
Ever since William passed away people keep wanting me to do things with them. I know they mean well but I am happy and content with my own routine and don’t need to join any more clubs.

Yea I know what you mean. I do miss your William a lot tho. he used to visit me when I got that stroke. Did he tell you he would visit almost every day.

I knew, who do you think made the cookies he brought you ? I miss him too. We never knew he had a bad heart. He knew and that was why he taught me to be so independent God bless him for that.

Say lets stop a minute so I can open my pack and get a water.
Just look at the shambles the Miller house is in today.
If Doc Miller could see his house today he’d cry.

That’s for sure and Mary Miller took such great care of that house.
It was spotless inside. The Persian rugs and lace curtains were so beautiful.
I used to go there as a child with my Mama and Mrs. Miller was kind to me.

Mary would have ladies from the church over to plan church functions
and then they would go out to the back and have tea and cookies.
I loved that the most because of her beautiful flower gardens.

Yes and I was one of the boys they hired to help weed those gardens.
I remember Mrs. Miller giving us boys large glasses of milk and platters
of cookies after we finished our work.

Well,Bertha the relatives that own the house now don’t even care about it at all.
They think if they leave it as it is someone will come in an buy it for a shopping mall and tear this house and its history down. Us old timers are the only ones that know the real stories.

Yes not only the wonderful parties but the good memories of the Millers are in the hearts of a lot of the townsfolk. They were the saviors of this town many times. The big flood
that wiped out many houses below and crops and people with no homes or food. The Millers always stepped in to help and provide for their fellow townsmen.

I know and Doc Miller was there for the births of a lot of babies being born and broken bones when the Mill roof collapsed. Sometimes if you had no money he’d just say I favored you so you pass the favor on and that will be my pay.

Well I better get back home hope the peach canning is a success…say hi to Jenny…bye now.

I will you need anything give us a jingle ok ? Bye.

Two days later Bertha calls Jack & Jenny.

Hello Jack you will never guess who I spoke to today up at the old Miller place !
It was a third cousin to Mary Miller and she said they obtained the house and
are going to restore the house and grounds and make it their home.

written by…..Julia A Knaake

The House on Miller Lane

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Lake Havasu City, United States

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