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The Haley–Miller Family Photo Collection Irving Archives, Irving Public Library


Images from the Haley/Miller Family Collection William Haley and his wife, Lucinda Ewalt Haley, came to what is today’s western Irving in 1857. The Haleys settled in the area of present-day Belt Line Road in Irving. Tom Haley, one of William’s sons, established a farm near what is now the intersection of Esters Road and Northgate Road. Always a champion of education, Tom served as president of the Irving School Board at the time the district built its first school building in 1913. Three of his daughters taught for many years in the Irving school system. Tom’s brother, John, became one of the area's first doctors and later served as mayor of Irving. Chaney Miller was born in 1854 in Kentucky. Sometime after 1880, he moved to the community of New Hope in Dallas County. He served six years as a Dallas county commissioner beginning in 1898. In 1904, he and his brother Fletcher moved to the newly established city of Irving in western Dallas County, where they opened Miller Brothers, a hardware and general merchandise store. In 1908, they chartered Irving State Bank. Chaney served as Irving’s mayor from 1917-1919 and from 1923-1927. He was also justice of the peace from 1929-1940. Fletcher was mayor from 1921-1922, at which time he moved to Dallas and established the East Grand Bank. After the death of his wife Sarah in 1913, Chaney asked his daughter Florence Duckworth and her family to come and live with him. His son-in-law William Duckworth joined him in business, and Miller Brothers became Miller and Duckworth. Lora Anderson, another of Chaney Miller’s daughters, also moved to Irving with her five sons in 1916. The Haley and Miller families were brought together when Velma Duckworth, granddaughter of Chaney Miller, married Frank Haley, son of Tom Haley. The families were further entwined when C.C. Anderson, also a grandson of Chaney Miller, married Vera Haley, daughter of Tom Haley. C.C. Anderson became the city of Irving’s first full-time employee in 1939. He remained with the city until his retirement in 1972. The Haley, Miller, Duckworth, and Anderson families played roles in the history of the area from before the inception of the city to the present time. The photos in this collection were donated to the Irving Archives by Sue Haley Huffman, great-granddaughter of Chaney Miller and granddaughter of Tom Haley


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-01 Date of photograph: c. 1903 Description: Chaney G. Miller (1853-1946) moved to Irving, Texas, from New Hope, Texas (today Sunnyvale), in 1904. He served as a Dallas County Commissioner for six years beginning in 1898. He was elected Irving's second mayor from 1917-1919 and served again from 1923-1927. Miller operated a hardware/general merchandise store in Irving with his brother Fletcher and later with his sonin-law W. R. Duckworth. Chaney and his brother, Fletcher, established Irving State Bank in 1908. Miller was also Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 from 1929-1940. Information on original photograph: 3½" by 5", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection

Collection #: 39 - photo 39-02 Date of photograph: Sept. 19, 1926 Description: Chaney Miller (left) and brother, Fletcher Miller. The two opened one of the first mercantile businesses in the town of Irving in 1905. In 1908, they chartered Irving State Bank. Both served terms as Irving's mayor. Information on original photograph: 2Ÿ" by 3½", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-03 Date of photograph: c. 1884 Description: Chaney Miller and his wife, Sarah Cook Miller. Sarah died in 1913. After her death, Chaney asked his daughter, Florence Duckworth, and her husband and their family to move from New Hope (present-day Sunnyvale) to Irving. Chaney and his son-in-law, Bob Duckworth, became business partners in Miller and Duckworth, a hardware/general merchandise store. Information on original photograph: 3½" by 5", black-and-white, duplicate.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 3904 Date of photograph: c. 1915 Description: Interior of Miller Brothers store founded by Chaney and Fletcher Miller in 1905. Chaney Miller is on right. Roy Miller, son of Fletcher Miller, is on left. Information on original photograph: 7" by 5", sepia.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-05 Date of photograph: c. 1912 Description: Interior of Miller Brothers hardware/general merchandise store. Chaney Miller is behind the counter on the right. The store was located in the 100 block of N. Main St. Information on original photograph: 7" by 4他", black-andwhite, mounted on a 10" by 8" paperboard backing


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-06 Date of photograph: n. d. Description: Fletcher Miller and his brother Chaney established Miller Brothers, a hardware/general merchandise store, one of Irving’s first businesses. The two also chartered Irving State Bank in 1908. Fletcher served as Irving’s mayor from 1921-1922. In 1922, he moved to Dallas and founded East Grand Bank, where he worked until his retirement. Information on original photograph: 4¼" by 6½", sepia, on a paperboard backing.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection

Collection #: 39 - photo 39-07 Date of photograph: c. 1906 Description: Pictured is the first house built in Irving, Texas. The house was built by Irving co-founder Otis Brown in 1903. He sold the house to Chaney Miller in 1905. Miller added on to the house after he purchased it. At the fence, left to right are, Florence Miller Duckworth (daughter of Sarah and Chaney Miller), Sarah Miller (wife of Chaney Miller), and Velma Duckworth (daughter of Florence Miller Duckworth). Information on original photograph: 5½" by 3½", sepia, postcard.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-08 Date of photograph: n. d. Description: Tom Haley and his wife, Fannie Tompkins Haley, are shown on their 50th wedding anniversary. The Haley family came to what is today’s western Irving in the late 1850s. Tom, born 1872, married Fannie Tompkins, who was from another pioneer family that also settled in today’s western Irving. The Haleys had a farm near the present-day intersection of Esters Road and Northgate Blvd. The couple had six children. Three of their daughters were longtime teachers in the Irving schools. Information on original photograph: 3" by 4¾", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-09 Date of photograph: c. 1940-1941 Description: Left to right, Tom Haley and Chaney Miller. Both men were influential in the history of the city of Irving. Their families were brought together through the marriage of Tom's son Frank to Chaney Miller's granddaughter Velma Duckworth. Information on original photograph: 2他" by 3他", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-10 Date of photograph: 1913 Description: Main Street, Irving, Texas. The brick building on the center left of the photo is Irving State Bank founded by Chaney and Fletcher Miller. Next to the bank is Miller Brothers store. Straddling the end of Main St. is the railroad depot. Information on original photograph: 3½" by 5½", sepia, post card.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-11 Date of photograph: 1916 Description: The Irving High School graduating class of 1916. First row on left, front to back: Osten Cushenberry, Frank Haley, Roy Lively. Middle row, front to back: Theo DeHaes, Inez Moore, Homer Duckworth. Row on right, front to back: Susie Clark, Velma Duckworth, Roy Miller. Frank Haley would later marry classmate Velma Duckworth, who was the granddaughter of Chaney Miller, thus joining the Haley, Miller and Duckworth families. Information on original photograph: 4½" by 3½", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-12 Date of photograph: 1914 Description: Irving High School's first baseball team, 1914. Back row left to right: Earl Foster, Homer Duckworth, Ray Story, and Mr. Stockton. Middle row left to right: Dan Gilbert, Ernest Miller, Paul Gilbert, Roy Lively. Front row left to right: Bill Gilbert, Frank Haley, Roy Miller, unidentified player. Information on original photograph: 7" by 5", sepia, mounted on a paperboard backing, which is 10" by 8".


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-13 Date of photograph: c. 1925 Description: Dr. John Haley, brother of Tom Haley, was one of Irving' s earliest physicians. He was born in 1866 in the Sowers community in what is today's western Irving. In addition to being a pioneer doctor, he served as Irving's mayor from 1927 until his death in 1932. Information on original photograph: 2ž" by 4½", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-14

Date of photograph: c. 1925 Description: Some of the children of Tom and Fannie Haley. Left to right: Frank Haley, Vera Haley Anderson and Bess Haley Parker. The child is Frank's son Tom Frank. Information on original photograph: 2ž" by 4½", sepia.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-15 Date of photograph: c. 1911 Description: The Otis Brown and Tom Haley families. Back row , left to right: Otis Brown, Netta Brown, Tom and Fannie Haley, Blanche and Bill Haley. Otis Brown was Irving's cofounder. Bill and Tom were sons of William Haley who came to the area in 1857 and settled in what is today's western Irving. Information on original photograph: 3他" by 4他", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-16 Date of photograph: c. 1935 Description: Frank Haley's garage was located on the south side of First St. (Irving Blvd.) east of Main St. Frank is at the front of the car. Jack Biggs is at the back. The building still stands today. Information on original photograph: 5" by 3½", sepia, duplicate.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection

Collection #: 39 - photo 3917 Date of photograph: 1944 Description: Tom Haley pictured with five of his six children. Left to right: Tom Frank, Vera, Bertha, Flora, Tom, and son Edward. Daughter Bess is not pictured. Information on original photograph: 5Âź" by 3Âź", color.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-18

Date of photograph: c. 1915 Description: W. R. (Bob) Duckworth and his daughter Velma. Velma would later marry Frank Haley. Bob and his father-in-law, Chaney Miller, operated the Miller and Duckworth store. Information on original photograph: 2½" by 3½", sepia.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection

Collection #: 39 - photo 3919 Date of photograph: c. 1935 Description: Chaney Miller with his daughter Florence Miller Duckworth, his granddaughter Velma Duckworth Haley, and his great-granddaughter Sue Haley. Information on original photograph: 3" by 4", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 3920 Date of photograph: Description: Tom and Fannie Haley, on their 50th wedding anniversary, in front of their house at their farm in present day northwest Irving. Today the Tom Haley Elementary School stands on the site of the old farm house.

Information on original photograph: 4他" by 3", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-21 Date of photograph: 1905 Description: Netta Brown (left), wife of town co-founder Otis Brown, sits with Sarah Miller (center), wife of Chaney Miller, and an unidentified woman. Sarah Miller is holding Loyd Brown, son of Netta and Otis Brown. Information on original photograph: 3ž" by 3½", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-22 Date of photograph: c. 1938 Description: Haley family cousins. Decendents of Chaney Miller and Tom Haley. Information on original photograph: 6" by 4Âź", black-andwhite.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-23 Date of photograph: 1935 Description: Grandchildren of Tom Haley and children of Frank Haley and Velma Duckworth Haley. In back are Virginia Lee and Tom Frank; in front are Bobby, Sue, and Billy. Bobby served on the Irving city council during the 1960s. Information on original photograph: 3½" by 5", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-24 Date of photograph: c. 1915 Description: Velma Duckworth, granddaughter of Chaney Miller, who married Frank Haley in 1920 and joined three early Irving families, the Millers, Duckworths, and Haleys. Information on original photograph: 3他" by 4他", sepia.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-25 Date of photograph: 1957 Description: In 1957, Etta Roberts held a luncheon for a number of her friends, many of whom were pioneer women to the Irving area. Back left to right: Annie Haley wife of John Haley; Clara Lemon Haley, second wife of Tom Haley; Sally Haley Ramsey. Front left to right: Cora Haley Caster; unidentified; Kate Good Arthur; Etta Roberts; Florence Miller Duckworth. Information on original photograph: 3½" by 3½", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-26 Date of photograph: c. 1930

Description: The sons of Lora Miller Anderson daughter of Chaney Miller. Left to right: C. C., Elbert, Emmet, Lester, Bobby, Ray. C. C. Anderson became the first full-time employee of the city of Irving in 1939. He married Vera Haley, further entwining the Miller and Haley families. Information on original photograph: 4½" by 2ž", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection

Collection #: 39 - photo 39-27 Date of photograph: c. 1930 Description: Three of Tom Haley's four daughters: left to right Vera, Bess, and Flora. Vera married C. C. Anderson, the city of Irving's first full-time employee, and taught for 42 years in the Irving school district. Bess and Flora also taught for many years in the Irving schools. Information on original photograph: 2ž" by 4Ÿ", black-and-white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-28 Date of photograph: 1915 Description: Childhood friends. On left, Cleo Anderson, and on right, Velma Duckworth. Information on original photograph: 2½" by 3½", sepia.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-30 Date of photograph: 1990 Description: Life-long friends Velma Duckworth, on left, and Cleo Anderson, on right, celebrate Cleo's 90th birthday. Information on original photograph: 4Ÿ" by 3½", color.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-30 Date of photograph: c. 1925 Description: Chaney Miller holds his great-granddaughter Virginia Haley, next to him is his daughter Florence and her husband Bob Duckworth. Chaney's great-grandson Tom Frank Haley stands in front. Information on original photograph: 3他" by 4他", black and white.


Collection: The Haley/Miller Family Collection Collection #: 39 - photo 39-31 Date of photograph: c. 1920 Description: Main Street, Irving, Texas. On the left is the Irving State Bank and on the right is Miller and Duckworth store. Chaney and Fletcher Miller bought the Merchants and Planters Bank and had it chartered as the Irving State Bank in 1908. They opened Miller Brothers store, later Miller and Duckworth, in 1905. Information on original photograph: 5" by 3Âź", black-and-white.

Haley/Miller Family Collection  

The Haley/Miller Family Collection features photographs of three of Irving’s earliest families, the Haleys, the Millers and the Duckworths....