Clarion man will mark 100th birthday May 8

Calvin David Miller
From staff reports

Calvin David Miller of Clarion will mark his 100th birthday Monday, May 8.

Mr. Miller is the son of David Henry and Bessie Belle Reed Miller. He is one of 12 children. His 11 siblings are Jim, Iva, Emery, Twila, Sid, Vic, Roy, Katie, Dick, Nora and John.

He lived in the area called Trout Run (now South Fifth Avenue) and attended Trout Run School through the eighth grade where he worked as a janitor. He completed the ninth grade at Clarion High school, and then quit school to go to work.

He first worked at Phillips Greenhouse, then worked for Ed Hess, tending oil wells and doing general lease work. He then worked for Owens-Illinois Glass, retiring after 36 years of service. He worked at several positions through those years and was a shift foreman when he retired in 1977.

He also was a substitute mail carrier in the 1940s and 1950s.

After retirement, he didn’t stop working. He took a job in maintenance for the Clarion Hospital which was located on Seventh Avenue at the time. He assisted with the move when the new hospital opened, and worked nine years there as a part-time employee and a volunteer for the hospital for three years.

Mr. Miller met his first wife, Millie Finefrock, at the roller rink, which was located where Clarion University stadium is now. They were married Oct. 23, 1939, by the Justice of the Peace in Clarion.

Their two sons, Donald Calvin and Ronald David were born during the time they lived on Greenville Avenue. They later lived on Fourth Avenue.

Mr. Miller became a member of the Clarion fire department in 1942, and was active member for 25 years. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge 277 in Clarion.

He married Jane Goodlove Feb. 14, 2006, in the parsonage of the First United Methodist Church in Clarion by the Rev. Arnie Rhodes.

Mr. Miller will be honored with a 100th birthday open house at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Clarion. He asks that friends and family join him for the occasion but requests that gifts be omitted.