November 23, 2014

Frances Eveline Holmes Miller – Champion Old Fiddler 1937 Iowa State Fair

Mrs. Frances E. Miller, Des Moines, Iowa – 1937

Frances Eveline Holmes was born 20 February 1865 in Harrison County, Missouri to parents Sarah Ann Fallis and Paul Holmes. Paul was the fifth child of Elizabeth Hensley and David Oliver Holmes, and he was born in Tennessee. “Eva” as she was called married Kendall Miller 26 January 1882 also in Harrison County, Missouri.

And except from the Des Moines (Iowa) Register and Tribune 1937 states, ” Mrs. Miller….taught herself to play the violin when she was a young girl of 12 years.  I found a broken fiddle lying around the house….. I tuned it up with a piece of heavy pack thread and plucked.  She plays entirely by ear.”

The 1937 article is a bit hard to read as a xerox copy, but I plan on transcribing it as best I can and posting it at a later date as a link to this article.

Eva Heads to NYC and The “We, The People” Radio Show

Fame and recognition wasn’t done with Eva Holmes Miller just yet though.  After her surprising win at the Iowa State Fair that year, she was invited by the National Broadcasting Company to play on their radio show We, The People.

Frances E. Holmes Miller is my 2nd cousin, 4 times removed through my Yates line.  Eva’s great uncle and my fourth Great Grandfather was John Holmes b. 1784 in Virginia.   John was married to Lydia Register and I descend through their daughter Deborah Holmes who married 28 August 1840 Miles Yates.

Sources:

Darlene Kappelman Wellington, last known address Boise, ID.  She generously shared her family files and the xerox copies with me some years ago.

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