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Jeff Miller: 1913

Jeff Miller: 1913

October 1913. Houston, Texas. "Jeff Miller. A young delivery boy for Magnolia Pharmacy. This is especially bad for him as he has recently returned from the Seabrook Reform School where he had spent a year. He would not tell me why he was sent there." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.


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Jeff Miller: 1913

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have posted my story about this boy. I interviewed his granddaughter. Jeff was quite a colorful character, and had an interesting, if difficult childhood. You can see his story, along with several photos of him with his wife and family, at:

Jeff Miller

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I wasn't sure I'd find anything, given such a common name, but I did some research for about an hour today, and I am almost certain I've found Jeff. His name was James Jefferson Miller. He was born in 1899, and died in 1980, in Houston. He became a fireman. He was married and had children. I have requested his obituary from the Houston Public Library, and as soon as I get it, I'll be able to track down his survivors to see if I have the right guy. I'll let you know what happens.

Jeff Miller

Also, it appears from previous photos that these boys made regular deliveries to parts of town young people should have had no business going to. Especially bad for a young man who has already been in trouble.

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At first I didn't understand

At first I didn't understand "especially bad for him" and then I realized, he was having to be out in public and see everyone who knew he'd been sent to reform school. I hope he got his life turned around. He and that bike are both too thin.

[Hine's point is that it's especially bad for a kid like this to be hanging out on the streets instead of getting an education. - Dave]

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