Portrait of C. P. Miller with headline: "THE FIRST MARTYR. Whom the American Protective Association is Called Upon to Mourn, Is Buried in Lural Hill Cemetery, and Is Escorted by One Thousand Members. The Community Believes Mayor Miller, of South Omaha, Was Murdered, and the Verdict of the Coroner's Jury Will Not Alter the Case in the Least. ROMANISTS PARTIALLY SATISFIED."

Though it looked like a suicide, an organization called the American Protective Association was convinced that the death of South Omaha’s mayor was a Catholic plot. The APA’s weekly Omaha newspaper, The American, spread unfounded rumors and tried to discredit local “Romanist” officials.

Mother and five children, 1920s

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