Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Carmichaels, Greene County
Author and historian Lonnie Miller, chronicler of Pennsylvania anthracite history, resides in Greene County.
Lonnie Miller was born in 1938 in the heart of coal country in Fayette County. He worked in the mines for his entire adult life, either as a miner or as a mine inspector. Miller has written histories of the Robena Mine and the Warwick mines of Greene County. He lives in Carmichaels.
Lonnie Miller was born Oliver mine shaft #3 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. His parents were John and Susan Miller. In 1968 he married Rita Miller with whom he has one child.
Miller attended high school in North Union Township in Pennsylvania. After high school, Miller was a soldier in the U.S. Army. He began working as a coal miner for U.S. Steel (H.C. Frick) in the Robena coal mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania in 1967 and worked there until 1978. He also worked in the Dilworth mine. For 20 years Miller worked as a coal mine Electrical Inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Bituminous Deep Mine Safety. He retired in February of 2000.
Miller saved articles and pictures from newspapers and other publications for 15 years before finally compiling all the information and publishing the first book in 1997, Robena: A Chronological History of Robena Mine. He also got information through interviews with miners and their families. Since then he has written two more books on the subject.
Many of the miners themselves and their families and friends helped provide information for these books and all are thankful to Miller for creating such a comprehensive view of the mining way of life.
Miller currently lives in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Robena: A Chronological History of Robena Mine. Carmichaels, PA: Rita Miller Press, 1997.
Robena Photographs: A Pictorial History of Robena Mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Carmichaels, PA: Rita Miller Press, 1998.
Warwick Coal Mines, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Carmichaels, PA: Rita Miller Press, 2000.
Miller, Lonnie L. A Chronological History of Robena Mine. Carmichaels, PA: Rita Miller Press, 1997.
Miller, Lonnie L. Warwick Coal Mines, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Carmichaels, PA: Rita Miller Press, 2000.
Photo Credit: PACFTB. "Initials of Lonnie L. Miller." 2019. Initials. Licensed under Fair Use. Cropped to 4x3.