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Couple to celebrate 72 years together

April 11, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

WILLIAMSPORT -- Asked what she likes about her husband of almost 72 years, Winnie Miller said, "Gosh, I really don't know."

She leaned over to the neighboring armchair where her husband, Henry, sat.

"What do I like about you?" she laughed.

"I don't like him. I love him," she said with a smile.

Asked the same question about his wife, Henry Miller said, "She's very loving and easy to get along with."

"What?" she asked. "I'd like to hear it again."

"You can read about it," he said.

Henry, 97, and Winnie Miller, 94, who live at Homewood at Williamsport, will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary Friday.

As much history as the couple has together, they also are part of Washington County history.

Henry Loose Miller and his late brother, Victor D. Miller III, a former president of the Washington County Historical Society, donated their shares of their family home to the historical society in the mid-1960s, said Cathy Landsman, the society's registrar. The house was opened to the public in April 1967.

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Their father, Victor Miller Jr., was a doctor who had his home and office in the 135 W. Washington St. brick mansion, according to Herald-Mail archives.

"It was a lot of fun living in The Miller House when I was young. We had plenty of room," Henry Miller said.

Miller said his bedroom was in the rear wing and his father's office was in the basement, where the historical society has its office and library.

The family hosted parties in the house and he remembered playing baseball in the backyard with Johnny Jamison of the Jamison Door Co. family.

Miller also remembers the trolley that went through downtown Hagerstown and Saturday nights in downtown.

"It was a big night in town. All the stores were open. The banks were open," he said.

After graduating from Princeton University, Henry Miller moved to New England. He met Winnie on a golf course in White Plains, N.Y., in 1935.

"He took me home that night and left his hat. About a week later, the phone rang and it was Henry Miller and he said, 'I left my hat there.'"

Winnie Miller said she thinks he intentionally left his hat behind to have an excuse to come back.

They were married April 16, 1938. The couple has two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

During their marriage, Henry Miller was a colonel in the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, and an account executive for Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C.

In 1979, the couple moved to Hagerstown, getting away from big-city traffic, they said.

The couple moved to Homewood at Williamsport in 2005, where she lives in assisted living and visits him daily in the nursing facility, where he is recovering from a broken hip.

Henry Miller is passionate about his family and golf.

Winnie Miller learned to play golf and the couple often played the sport together.

"It meant a lot to our marriage," she said.

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