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Alfred 'James' Mills


James Mills

Alfred "James" Mills, also known as James A. Mills, was born in 1902 in Fayette County, PA, the son of Joseph Henry and Flora (Minerd) Mills Sr.

James married Margaret (Wadsworth) Kikta (April 8, 1900-1955), daughter of Frank and Rebecca (Smitley) Wadsworth of Dunbar, Fayette County.

She brought a daughter to the marriage, Mrs. Edward Turnbull.

Little is known of their lives. They resided in the small coal mining patch town of Republic, Fayette County, in a home on Legion Street.


James and his mother

During the Millses' years in Republic, the town was a center of unrest in the coal mining organized labor movement. In fact, James' cousin Wilbert "Patsy" Minerd, also of Republic, helped broker the settlement of a coal strike in 1933 by traveling to Washington, DC to personally meet with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Suffering from hypertension and kidney disease at the age of 54, Margaret was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away on Feb. 16, 1955 in the Weimer Nursing Home.

James died at age 76 on Aug. 9, 1978 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

They rest for all time in LaFayette Memorial Park in Brier Hill, near Uniontown.


~ Stepdaughter (?) (Kikta) Turnbull ~

Stepdaughter (?) Kikta ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She wedded (?) Turnbull ( ? - ? ).

The couple resided in Monessen, Westmoreland County, PA.


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