Andrew Pratt “Pete”
Pete Miller was born on February 2, 1910. He was 15 when his Dad died. He became one of the most colorful “Characters” of his time around Cooper. He graduated from East Texas Training School in commerce, Texas, and attended ETSTC (Texas A&M Commerce). Between school and the war, Pete worked at his brother’s drugstore, Miller’s Pharmacy, and later as an inspector for the Highway Department. Single and Depression bound, Pete had a variety of interesting jobs from cleaning water towers to service station attendant. He was known during this time as a “Daredevil”. He, his brother Manton and others were famous in Cooper for their motorcycle and auto stunts, which were popular in those times.
Pete’s flying career really kicked of after W.W. II with the purchase of a war surplus Stearman at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City. His first real flight lesson was on the trip home from Oklahoma. After a few more rounds in Atlanta, Texas he soloed the plane the next day.
Over the years, Pete ran into a number of interesting situations know by the FAA as “incidents”. It is a testament to his flying skills that none resulted in any injuries.
In 1933, Pete and Manton rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle to the Chicago World’s Fair. Pete lost his wallet early on and so the duo had to subsist on half the money that they had counted on. There were many toll roads along the way.
In 1940, Pete joined the Canadian Air Force, hoping to fly. Failing to qualify, he left and joined the U.S. Army, but was discharged citing medical reasons.
In 1944, he married Adeline Martin, daughter of Sam Martin, a merchant and deputy sheriff. They moved to Atlanta, Texas and Pete worked as a mechanic and later bought a Pontiac dealership in Jefferson, Texas. He later owned a bottling company, a washerateria and owned one of the first Japanese motorcycle and car dealerships in Texarkana, Texas.
During his years in Atlanta, Pete was instrumental in developing the Atlanta Airport. He spent a lot of his time with flying friends. Often Pete would fly to Cooper and “buzz” the square, a signal for someone to pick him up out at a local pasture or farm road. Sometimes he would arrange to meet Manton for a wiener roast at the Miller farm, sleep all night, then fly home to Atlanta at sunrise. Pete retired at age 80and passed away on ???.
Pete and Adeline had 3 children, Mary Lynn in 1945, Andrew Martin in 1952 and Margaret Adeline in 1955. Mary Lynn graduated from Mary Baldwin in Virginia in 1968. She then moved to New York where she met and married Jamil Sopher whose Father fled the German holocaust to France, then to New York. They then moved to Washington D.C. where Jamil is a financial executive for the World Bank. They have 3 children, Margaret and twin boys Peter and Philip.
Martin was a repeat State champion in track and received a full athletic scholarship to SMU. Upon graduation Martin earned a BBA from Texas Tech and a law degree from Baylor University. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County, then went into private practice in Fort Worth. He is married to Joanie???
Margaret graduated from the University of Houston. She is married to Wayne Fitts and taught school in Atlanta, Texas. They have 2 children???