Merle Miller was born in 1930 and raised on a ranch in the Burns area. He graduated in 1951 from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a degree in watchmaking, spent 2 years in the U.S. Air Force, worked 16 years as a watchmaker, and served 22 years with the Oregon State Parks and Recreation. He married Patricia Seely in 1951; the couple have 4 children. He currently resides in La Grande and serves the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP) as Membership Chairman and Editor of their newsletter. His hobbies include genealogy, restoring clocks and furniture, hunting, camping, and being with his family.
Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers
In 1873, there was a growing desire on the part of many of the early immigrants who settled the Willamette and other valleys of the Oregon Territory to organize an association to collect pioneer reminiscences, document the early history of the territory, and gather material for an archive. A few …