Lewis and Clark Expo James Davis and Mary Ella Gaines Miller 1905

Portland Fair 1905James Davis Miller and Mary Ella Gaines Miller (2nd great grandparents) , in 1905 left Butler County, Iowa for the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Mary Ella’s sisters Florence and Jeanette and maybe a brother were living in Oregon at that time.

PDX History documents the Exposition with photos, postcards, links. The Lewis and Clark Expo on Flickr contains 26 photos one of them the Agricultural Palace which I’m sure JD and Mary Ella visited.


Agricultural Palace 1905 Lewis and Clark Expo in Portland.


In June of 1922, Mary Ella and James’s son William with wife Lola (great grandparents), son Faber (grandfather) and daughter Florence (great aunt)  took an auto vacation to Northern Wisconsin. In the 1920s auto travel for the common man was just beginning so this auto trip was pretty big news.