October 29, 2022

Floyd Miles, 1904-1989 [RG1080.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG1080.AM:  Floyd Miles, 1904-1989



Reminiscences:  1904-1921

Arcadia, Valley County, Nebraska:  

Size:  One item



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Floyd Miles was born in Iowa in 1904, the youngest of six sons born to Oliver and Lillian Miles. In 1911, when Floyd was six years old, his mother died. He, some of his brothers, and a baby sister were placed in the Child Saving Institute of Omaha. As a foster child, Floyd was placed with many families until April of 1912, when he was permanently placed with the Wolford family of rural Buffalo County. Malon and Eva Wolford, his foster parents, were tenant farmers. Throughout Floyd’s childhood, the Wolfords attempted to improve their circumstances by farming in a variety of Nebraska and Iowa towns, with little success. With Mr. Wolford’s death in 1921, Floyd dropped out of school and accepted work as a steam press operator in a dry cleaning shop. He remained in this occupation for sixteen years.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This Reminiscence, written by Floyd Miles in 1980, is an autobiographical account of his youth. Miles describes the circumstances which forced his widowed father to place his children at the Child Saving Institute of Omaha and into foster homes. Miles also recounts the abusive treatment he received in one family and the financially poor, but loving, home provided by his permanent foster parents, Malon and Eva Wolford.



INVENTORY



Reminiscence of Floyd Miles



 



Subject headings:



Arcadia (Nebraska)

Bloor, Ella Reeve, 1862-1951

Buffalo County (Nebraska)

Child Saving Institute (Omaha, Nebraska)

Child welfare — Nebraska

Children

Domestic life

Douglas County (Nebraska)

Drury family

Education

Farm life

Foster home care — Nebraska

Hail — Nebraska

Henderson (Iowa)

Holdrege (Nebraska)

Miles family

Miles, Floyd C., 1904-1989

Miles, Oliver Kay, 1869-1923

Omaha (Nebraska)

Phelps County (Nebraska)

Red Oak (Iowa)

Reminiscences

Rural schools

Russell, Milo

Valley County (Nebraska)

Westerling, Emil

Wolford family

Wolford, Evaline (Stennett), 1864-1942

Wolford, Malon, 1852-1922



 



Revised TMM        10-07-2009

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

Why John G. Neihardt was named Nebraska Poet Laureate in 1921

Why John G. Neihardt was named Nebraska Poet Laureate in 1921

Emigrants along the Trails at Chimney Rock

Emigrants along the Trails at Chimney Rock

Marker Monday: Easter Blizzard of 1873

Marker Monday: Easter Blizzard of 1873

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.