Oliva F. Mims1,2,3

ID# 19179, (1877 - 1974)
FatherDavis R. Mims4,5 (May 1848 - )
MotherOlevine F. Wilks6,5 (abt 1857 - bt 1877 - 1880)

Key Events:

Birth: 26 Jan 1877, Arkansas7,8,9
Marriage: James S. Miller, 24 Feb 1907, Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., Kansas10,11,12
Death: 18 Sep 1974, Mt. Ayr, Ringgold Co., Iowa13,14,15
Burial: 20 Sep 1974, Redding Cemetery, Redding, Ringgold Co., Iowa16,17

Spouse: James S. Miller (1880 - 1963)
     No children

AncestryThe Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family

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Narrative:

     Oliva F. Mims was born on 26 Jan 1877 in Arkansas.7,8,9
     Her mother died between 1877 and 1880, when Oliva was an infant.18 Years later she told the story of how she was carried on horseback by her grandmother for two days after her mother's death.19
     She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Clark Twp., Logan Co., Arkansas, in the household of her father, Davis R. Mims.20
     Oliva appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, at 1907 Cumberland St., enumerated 8 Jun 1900, as a servant in the household of Robert and Sarah Malone and their family.21
     Oliva married James S. Miller, son of Isaac Miller and Mary M. Hathaway, on 24 Feb 1907 in Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., Kansas.10,11,12
     Oliva and James settled in Iowa after their marriage. They appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Jefferson Twp., Taylor Co., Iowa, enumerated 22 Apr 1910, reporting they were renting their home.22
     They moved to Ringgold Co., by 1920. Oliva and James appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Clinton Twp., Ringgold Co., Iowa, enumerated 20 Jan 1920, reporting they were renting their home. His mother was listed as living with them.23 They appeared on the 1925 State Census of Redding, Ringgold Co., Iowa, reporting that they owned a home valued at $1,200, free of mortgage, and carried $800 in insurance on it.5
     They appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Redding, Ringgold Co., Iowa, on Central St., enumerated 5 Apr 1930, reporting that they owned a home valued at $2,500 and owned a radio. Ramona Lynch, a cook in a restaurant, was listed as living with them as a lodger.24
     Oliva and James appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Redding, Ringgold Co., Iowa, enumerated 22 Apr 1940, reporting that they owned a home valued at $2,000 and had lived in the same house in 1935.25
     She and her husband operated a cafe in Redding, for many years. She was chief cook. She said when the price of hamburgers went from a nickel to a dime she thought she would become a millionaire.19,26
     Her husband died in 1963.27
     Oliva died on 18 Sep 1974 in Mt. Ayr, Ringgold Co., Iowa, at age 97.13,14,15 She was buried on 20 Sep 1974 in Redding Cemetery, Redding, Ringgold Co., Iowa.16,17

Citations

  1. [S5086] David Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows name as Oliva Mims.
  2. [S7556] B. Robert Malone household, 1900 U.S. Census, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, shows name as "Mims F Ollie" but all names with initials show initial between surname and given name.
  3. [S5146] James S. Miller household, 1925 Iowa State Census, Ringgold Co., Iowa, Redding, shows name as Ollie Miller and father's surname as Mims.
  4. [S5086] David Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  5. [S5146] James S. Miller household, 1925 Iowa State Census, Ringgold Co., Iowa, Redding.
  6. [S5086] David Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows her husband apparently living as parent to the child.
  7. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for Ollie Miller, Soc. Sec. No. 485-64-2209, shows date.
  8. [S5086] David Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows age 4 and state.
  9. [S7556] B. Robert Malone household, 1900 U.S. Census, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, shows month, year, age 23, and state.
  10. [S7552] "Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911," FamilySearch.org, record for James S. Miller and Olive Minnus, citing FHL #1601513, shows date, city, county, and state.
  11. [S7551] James S. Miller household, 1910 U.S. Census, Taylor Co., Iowa, shows married 3 years.
  12. [S7554] James S. Miller household, 1930 U.S. Census, Ringgold Co., Kansas, shows married, with his first marriage at age 28 and hers at 29.
  13. [S7557] Ollie Miller obituary, The Creston Advertiser, shows died Wednesday and town.
  14. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for Ollie Miller, Soc. Sec. No. 485-64-2209, shows month, year, and last residence as 50854 Mount Ayr, Ringgold, Iowa.
  15. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 8055563, Ollie Mims Miller, shows year and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  16. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 8055563, Ollie Mims Miller, includes tombstone photo.
  17. [S7557] Ollie Miller obituary, The Creston Advertiser, shows services today and cemetery.
  18. [S5086] David Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows her husband as widowed, with youngest child at age 4.
  19. [S7558] "Posy Miller Now 97 or 98," Mount Ayr Record-News, 1 Feb 1973.
  20. [S5086] David Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas.
  21. [S7556] B. Robert Malone household, 1900 U.S. Census, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.
  22. [S7551] James S. Miller household, 1910 U.S. Census, Taylor Co., Iowa.
  23. [S7553] James S. Miller household, 1920 U.S. Census, Ringgold Co., Iowa.
  24. [S7554] James S. Miller household, 1930 U.S. Census, Ringgold Co., Kansas.
  25. [S7555] James S. Miller household, 1940 U.S. Census, Ringgold Co., Iowa.
  26. [S7555] James S. Miller household, 1940 U.S. Census, Ringgold Co., Iowa, shows occupation as proprietor, and industry as cafe.
  27. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 8055563, James S. Miller, show year and includes tombstone photo showing same.