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Charles was born February 8, 1919 in Old Augusta, IN. to Frank and Helen Langford Miller and moved with his family to Zionsville, in 1920.

His great-great-grandfather William was one of the early pioneers of Eagle Village. William came from Butler City, Ohio, 1831 to Boone County, cutting a rough path which later became the Michigan Road now State Road 421. William had the first dry goods store and later became the first postmaster.

Charles married Anne Louise Mills, born February 19, 1920. Her father was Donald Keith Mills, who was married to Ruth Neidlinger. D.K. (known by his initials) learned the merchant business from his father. Ruth, Keith, son Jack, and Anne moved to Thorntown to open another dry goods store in addition to John Mills store in Zionsville. This was a business venture through the Cruse & Mills partnership. The "Crash of 1929" spoiled the big dreams and the partnership split so the Mills family returned to Zionsville to continue the Home Store business until the year, 1956, when Keith retired.

Charles and Anne were married on April 4, 1942. They grew up across the street from each other, attended the same Eagle Township Schools- graduated in 1937 and 1938 respectively, Indiana Business College, and had years of courtship. Charles was drafted in the Army for action in World War II and served in Europe for 40 months. The first of their four children was Charlotte Ann born in 1946- died 2009, Charles Louis 1949, Donald Frank in 1951 and Sara Jane in 1956.

Both Mr. & Mrs. Miller love their Village of Zionsville, and have worked hard to be good citizens. Many hours have been given to the church as well as the Library Board, Sullivan Museum, Town's Planning Commission, Zionsville Lions Club, Psi Iota Xi-Alpha Lambda Chapter, Zionsville Methodist Church, Boone County Cancer Society. They were awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Woman of the Year Award in 1980, an honor bestowed upon them by the Jaycees of Zionsville. In 1993 they were awarded by the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce the prestigious Zionsville Town Crier.

In 1998 Annie was a member of the Zionsville Dressing Committee- Boone County Cancer Society, Inc. that was recognized by the presentation by The Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce the Community Service Award. Mrs. Miller was President of Psi Iota Xi in 1961-62 and much later served in the Auxiliary Chapter President in 1988-89. For many, many years Annie portrayed Mrs. Claus during Christmas in the Village. They were interview participants in an oral history of Zionsville entitled Zionsville The First One Hundred Years compiled by Joan Praed Lyons and Sandra Brock Cline. Charlie is a 56 year member of the Zionsville Lions Club, Club President in 1992, Life Member, and a Melvin Jones Fellow, 1994.

Mainly compiled from History of Boone County, Indiana- 1984 and nomination submitted by Ralph W Stacy