Articles written by Robert Bauer

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  • John Mill: A Washington Territory Pioneer

    ROBERT BAUER, Contributor|Updated Apr 4, 2019

    When John and Emma Mill moved into the new house not all six of their children moved into the house with them. Their daughters Ella, Mary and son Perry moved in with them. It is thought that Roy and Boone had their own places to live, or they lived in the original homestead house. Their son Robert Early Mill is thought to continue living in the original homestead house. The Mill Family loved to have the neighbors over, dance and have fun. The band John had play was usually the Wolfe Brothers Band. The band members names were...

  • The story of Robert Early Mill's headstone

    ROBERT BAUER, Contributor|Updated Mar 14, 2019

    This is a story about how the headstone for Robert Early Mill came to be. Shorty Mill, as he came to be called, was born to John and Emma Mill on the homestead of his grandfather, Robert Mill, a Washington Territory pioneer, on May 27, 1882. The homestead is located south of Cheney on Wells Road. Shorty attended school at Wright School in the Pioneer Township, Spokane County. The school was located at the corner of Wells Road and Pine Grove Road, south of Cheney. After...

  • Remembering Ella Ruby Bauer

    ROBERT BAUER, Contributor|Updated Feb 28, 2019

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a four-part series about the Mill family, early pioneers in the Cheney/Spangle area. The stories are researched and written by Robert Bauer, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Robert Mill. Ella Ruby Bauer, maiden name Mill, was born on her grandpa Robert Mill’s 160-acre homestead located on Wells Road south of Cheney in the Washington Territory on Jan. 4, 1885 in a wood-frame house that measured 16 feet by 20 feet with a loft. The house is now known as the Original Homestead Hou...