John Thomas Milam Collection, 1908-1916Add to your cart.

By Amanda Montgomery

Collection Overview

Title: John Thomas Milam Collection, 1908-1916Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1908-1909
ID: 01/ AR082
Primary Creator: John Thomas Milam
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into folders divided into the categories of printed materials, books, and photographs.
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

John Thomas Milam, known as "Big Ben Milam" by his friends at UNT, graduated in 1908.  He married in 1912, in Canton, Texas and became a school teacher that taught in many places in Texas including DeSoto, Mesquite, and Dallas County. John Thomas Milam, eventually left teaching and moved his family to the city of Dallas, where he found work in a Ford motorcar factory. However, the Crash of 1929 resulted in the Great Depression, John Thomas Milam started his own laundry business and later delivered food to work crews for a living.

The collection contains photograph prints of John Thomas Milam, his senior class, his family, printed material of a program for the Van Zandt County Teachers' Institute and "The Yucca" yearbook of 1909.

Biographical Note

John Thomas Milam, the third out of seven children, came to Texas in 1900, at the age of 17 years old with his family. The Milam family traveled with two other families by train from Mississippi to Texas. His grandfather was John (Pap) Wesley Milam, one of four brother who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. John Wesley Milam's great-grand father was Ben Milam, who fought in the Texas Revolution.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Gift of Martha Milam Noah, 2008
Preferred Citation: John Thomas Milam Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

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