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Photo of the Month
July 2004
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Perhaps no branch of our clan has been as involved with Frank Lloyd Wright's famed architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, than the offspring of William Henry "Squire" Miner and his wife Sara Jane (Basinger) Miner. In the back row, left to right, are: Raymond, Irene Welsh, Frank, Kathryn Burkholder, Margaret Dull, Lester, Wesley, Edward and Clyde. Sandwiched between Squire and Sara in the front row is son Ralph.

Seen here circa 1915, three members of this family actively worked at Fallingwater over the years -- Frank, Lester and Ralph. In addition, Kathryn's husband, Daniel McKinley Burkholder, and the Burkholders' son in law Lewis C. Ohler, helped during the original construction of the house. They and other extended cousins will be honored at our upcoming national reunion -- "Fallingwater: A Long Family Affair" -- the weekend of July 10-11, 2004. 

As the patriarch of this family, Squire also played an active role in the life and society of Mill Run, Fayette County, near where Fallingwater is located. For 42 years, he served as justice of the peace in the mountain town, and was a longtime superintendent of Sunday School at the Mill Run Evangelical United Brethren Church. In this portrait, he hides his arm, just a short time after his left hand was amputated in a threshing accident.

 

Copyright 2004 Mark A. Miner