NOTE: In 2015, and again in 2018, the grandchildren of Claude and Girtha Milam exchanged many emails sharing their memories of them and the family get togethers in their home. You may read their exchange of familiy memories by clicking here (link) .
Pictured below is Colonel Leftridge's family circa 1903 with eldest son, Ben, standing at left, and standing to his right, Rosa Pearl and Oscar Vernon. Seated are Colonel Leftridge, Claude Egbert and Colonel Leftridge's wife, Martha Mairs Milam. Then seated on a bench in front of the Colonel is Marvin Carter on left and an unknown girl on right. Note: Daughter, Rosa Pearl, is standing on a bench behind the sofa.
Claude sitting with Bible in hand on the sofa next to his father, Colonel Leftridge Milam. Circa 1903
Claude's political ad for Kanawha County Commissioner. 27 JUN 1926
W. T. Moore vs Claude E. Milam for County Commissioner is too close to call. 4 AUG 1926
Unfortunately Claude Milam would narrowly lose to Moore.
Claude Milam and his dog, Tippy, outside their rental house at 33 Center Street, Weirton, West Virginia circa 1945.
Claude Milam and Tippy, outside in 1950s. Note the famous morning glories which climbed the sides of their front porch on the right! He took them down along with the string each Fall and put the string up again for them to climb in the Spring.
Claude's future wife, Girtha Jane Fisher, lower right, is shown with her sister, Georgia and cousins.
This portrait of Claude E Milam Sr was taken around 1950.
Claude Milam with his grandson, Bob Milam, and granddaughter, Donna Lee Milam, before their front porch on Center Street in Weirton. This was how Claude dressed in the winter: his hat, woolen shirt and woolen plaid jacket when he was working in the yard, shoveling snow or walking Tippy. Bob is the son of Freer Milam and Donna Lee is the daughter of Lakin Milam. Circa 1952
Circa 1953, their eldest son, Freer, in his 1950 Chevrolet, Claude standing next to him then Girtha taken in front of Claude's house on Center Street. This is the best photo of Tippy which Grandpa said was part Chow. Not infrequently Claude appeared depressed. Many thought it was the aftermath of their bankruptsy in 1927.
Claude's brother, Uncle Vernon came north to visit from their home near Sissonville, WV. Freer and Christine entertained them. From the left: Claude, his sister Aunt Minnie, brother Vernon then his wife, Aunt Bessie, and Grandma Girtha Jane Fisher Milam. 1955
My Grandfather Claude, Uncle Dix and my father, Freer, in the backyard of Freer's home in Wintersville, Ohio. Freer had his usual summer tan from working in his large garden. 1961
Claude and Girtha's 50th Wedding Anniversary in August 1961. Seated in front are Girtha and Claude looking very pleased as Uncle Lakin spoke to them. Standing from the left are Uncle Lakin's wife, Aunt Clara, Uncle Dix's wife, Aunt Helen, Freer's wife, Christine, and Aunt Martha's husband, Butch Singleton. This photo was taken only two months before Granddad Claude Milam died of leukemia at the age of 75.