Born in Miamisburg, Ohio, Z. T. Miller (1847-1913) entered the Union army at age 15 as a musician early in the American Civil War. Becoming attached to the 61st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, he participated in training at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio; in the Virginia theater of war in places such as Moorefield, Fairfax Court House, Stafford Court, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville; in the march towards Gettysburg; and in the Atlanta campaign. For a time during the war, Miller was a clerk for General Carl Schurz. After the war, Miller became a telegraph operator, working in Dayton, Ohio and then Cleveland, Ohio. In 1873, he married Katherine (Kate) King. Embarking upon a medical career, Miller received homeopathic medical training in the New York Medical College and the Philadelphia Medical College. He worked for more than 30 years as a homeopathic physician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was part of the faculty of the school of applied design at Carnegie Institute of Technology. (Source: Newspaper obituary of Z. T. Miller, Helen King Boyer Collection: Box 11 Folder 3, Georgetown University Library, Special Collections Division).
Artist and designer Louise Rive-King Miller Boyer (1890-1976), was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 30, 1890, the daughter of Z. T. Miller and Katherine (King) Miller. Painting as early as age seven, she eventually received a Bachelor of Arts from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1913. On January 22, 1914, she married architect Ernest Wilson Boyer, with whom she had two children: Boeing engineer Taylor Miller Boyer and artist Helen King Boyer. In 1918, Louise worked as a screenwriter for Metro Pictures Corporation in New York City. She became a free lance designer and graphic artist. Her work was preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Carnegie Institute, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and the Library of Congress, among other places. She was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and served as a trustee for the Charles and Martin Leisser Fund. Louise M. Boyer died on December 6, 1976, at age 86. (Sources: "Who's Who of American Women," and "Who Was Who in American Art.")
Architect Ernest W. Boyer (1885-1949) was a native of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. He became associated with the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Pittsburgh Board of Education. He planned and designed many buildings in the region of Pittsburgh, including the South Hills Country Club and his former home in Brentwood. In addition, he designed some structures in other parts of the country. Of note, Boyer designed the Pennsylvania Building at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1914. He was for a long time secretary of the Pittsburgh Architectural Club and member of the American Institute of Architects. Ernest W. Boyer died at age 64 in 1949. [Sources: Obituary, Pittsburgh "Sun-Telegraph," 18 April 1949 (Boyer Collection: Box 7 Folder 32), Obituary, Pittsburgh "Free Press," 18 April 1949 (Boyer Collection: Box 11 Folder 29)].
American concert pianist, teacher, and composer, Julie Rive-King (1854-1937) was born on October 30, 1854, in Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving primary instruction from her mother, she studied with William Mason in New York and then with Reinecke in Leipzig. For a time she studied with Liszt. At her American debut on April 24, 1875, she performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic. A prolific musician, she gave some 4000 concerts and taught piano at Bush Conservatory in Chicago from 1905 to 1936. She married Frank King of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1876. Her piano pieces include "Impromptu," "Polonaise Heroique," and "Bubbling Springs." Julie Rive-King died on July 24, 1937. [Sources: "Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians," 8th ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1992), p. 1520, M. Petteys, "Julie Rive-King: American Pianist" (Ph.D. Diss., Univ. of Missouri, 1987), "American National Biography." 24 vols. (New York: Oxford U. Press, 1999), p. 562-563.]
Nathaniel B. Boileau (1763-1850), public official, attorney, radical Jeffersonian, and farmer, was born in Moreland Township in the part of Philadelphia County that is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His father, Isaac Billew, owned land in the vicinity of Hatboro. In 1781, upon turning age 18, Nathaniel volunteered for a Philadelphia County militia group, serving until the defeat of Cornwallis. He graduated from Princeton College. After studying law and being admitted to the bar, Boileau practiced law in Montgomery County. He won a seat in the Pennsylvania House in 1797 and served there off and on throughout the first decade of the 1800s, eventually becoming speaker. His 1807 bid for election as a U.S. Senator failed. In 1808, 1811, and 1814, he was named Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but his candidacy for the state's governorship failed in 1817. [Source: Woodward, Ruth L., and Craven, Wesley Frank. "Princetonians: 1784-1970, A Biographical Dictionary" (Princeton U. Press, 1991), p. 335-349].
Artist and designer Helen King Boyer (b. 1919), daughter of Ernest W. Boyer and Louise Rive-King (Miller) Boyer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was educated privately in fine arts and crafts. From 1943 to 1945, she worked for the advertising-art department of the Pittsburgh "Sun-Telegraph." From 1949 to 1954, she was a freelance designer. For decades thereafter she designed home patterns, toys, and art, and her works are represented in many permanent collections, including the Pennell Fund, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Georgetown University Fine Prints Collection, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. She has been a member of numerous art organizations and the recipient of many art prizes.