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The story of Robert Early Mill's headstone

Editor’s note: This is the third 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.


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 9:55pm

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 completing school, Shorty started farming with his papa, John Mill, on the family homesteads which totaled 560 acres in 19...

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