My father, Freer, was the first child born to Claude E. Milam Sr and Girtha Jane Fisher Milam.These are the pictures of our father, Freer, which have come down to us.
Two baby pictures of Freer taken around Christmas 1912 at about six months of age.
The left picture was taken in 1914: Freer, his brother, Loren and their cousin Jim Brown, son of Georgia Brown, Grandmother Girtha's sister. The right picture was taken about a year later when Freer would have been three years old. 1915
Freer driving his Goat Cart.
Freer riding his pony, at perhaps 8 or 9 years of age around 192o.
Freer was fond of his cars and kept them shining. This car is a Ford Model A Town Sedan of the early 1930s.
Click here (link) for the car's details then scroll down for many photos of the model.
Weirton Steel Tin Mill baseball team, the Cold Rollers. Freer is at the upper, far right with his brother, Lakin next to him.
Lakin was said to be an ace pitcher and pro material.
Weirton Steel Tin Mill crew. Freer is in the front row, kneeling, sixth from the left wearing a tan jacket. 1930s
Freer lounging on the grass in 1930s.
Freer and good friend, Markie Freese, with Markie's 1930s five window coupe. Markie would become the Superintendant of the Tin Mill and Freer's boss. We visited them in Steubenville at Christmas time for years. On one visit, his son who was in medical school showed me a human skull he was studying!
His lady friend and future wife, Christine Miller, may have taken this picture. 1939
Freer and Christine. This photo may have been taken the same day as above.
Freer and his younger brother, Dix, who was 17 years old. Labeled September 1940.
Freer and Christine. Labeled her birthday 1 September 1940; they were married on 8 NOV 1940.
Freer, first son Billy and Christine in Spring 1942 on Euclid Avenue, Steubenville, Ohio.
Freer with Billy and brother, Lakin, holding Donna. Spring 1942
Freer's first son, Billy, with an unknown lady. Fall 1942
Portrait of Private William Freer Milam and Christine with Billy, Spring 1943.
Corporal Milam was stationed at what would become Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO. 1943
Corporal Milam and two year old son, Billy, Fall 1943.
Freer with his sons, Billy and Bobby in their yard in Colorado Springs. 1944
In a sign of the times, the boys had military uniforms.
Staff Sargeant Milam and family visit the Garden of the Gods. 1945
Staff Sargeant Milam standing before a Packard Clipper Army Staff Car. Freer was the personal chauffer for Major General U. G. Ent (link) who was the Commanding General of the U.S. 2nd Air Force. My father, Freer, admired and thought the world of General Ent who he came came to know by flying with him to various bases.
Major General Uzal Girard Ent
Freer's wife, Christine, next to Girtha who is holding baby Carol. Billy (L) & Bobby. Weirton. Early 1946
Freer with Billy, Carol & Bobby (L to R) back on Euclid Avenue, Steubenville, OH three years after he left for Army service. Late 1946
Freer digging the "footer" for their new house in the village of Wintersville, OH. 1946
Freer with his children at back of new house in the village of Wintersville, OH. 1946
Bobby, Carol and Billy (L to R) in front of new house in Wintersville. 1946 and 1947
Freer and Christine sitting on their new sofa. Interesting story about the dark green wall in the living room. Around the time their new house was built, they had discovered a house in Steubenville where at night one could see the dark green wall in the living room. We slowly drove by a number of times admiring it. Eventually Christine visited during the day and asked the lady of the house about the color. Nothing stopped my Mom! About 1949
Second Christmas in Freer and Christine's new home with brother Lakin and Clara. 1949
Freer in his Chevrolet, father Claude and mother Girtha & their beloved dog Tippy. Circa 1954
Taken in front of Claude's house on Center Street, Weirton, WV.
Freer and Christine playing pool in their basement recreation room. 1950s
Freer had walled off and finished the room with mahogany plywood and the tile ceiling. He finished the second floor of the house too except for the pastering. Quite a handy and hardworking guy.
In 1954 his good friend and work colleage, Markie Freese, invited Freer to join the fraternal organization, Free Masons. After becoming a Master Mason, Dad earned the 32 Degree Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. It is a secret organization and Dad never once spoke of it.
Claude, Freer, Dix, Girtha, Martha and Helen in Freer's Backyard. 1961
Freer's sister, Martha, Freer and Christine. 1979