Bernice Miller, was the of daughter of Eureka Jourdan and Elmer Davids. Bernice grew on Big Lake on a farm. Bernice attended school at the Lutheran Mission Church in Red Springs. During the week Bernice and her sisters stayed with their grandparents, who lived right across the field from her grandparents. On the weekends Bernice and her sister would go back and stay with their mom and dad so they could help out around the house. Some of the things that Bernice had to do to help out around the house were chase the chicken and cows, help out with younger siblings, pick berries, and haul in wood. When Bernice was not helping out with the daily chores she was swimming or playing along the Lake.
Bernice was married to Arvid Emerald Miller. Bernice and Arvid were married for 32 years. The two had ten children together six girls and four boys. From those children there are 43 grandchildren and about 95 great grandchildren and great-great grand children.
Bernice enjoys the elderly programs available, the outdoors and going to church. Some of the things that Bernice enjoyed doing in the past were gardening, sewing, and learning history.
Bernice has traveled to many places to learn about history. “I have had my feet in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean,” said Bernice. “I’ve been lots of places for not having a car”. For many years Bernice worked at the library. “They gave me credit for getting the library going” Bernice said “It was Dot and Ruth’s know how that kept me going”.
During Bernice’s working days she remembers going to Sturgeon Bay to build ships for the war. She said she was scared there were huge cables all over and people were going every which way. But then she saw Leona Bowman sitting there on an upside down bucket with a torch, after that she wasn’t scared anymore. Bernice said a lot of people left to make money during the war and the few who stayed on the reservation kept the fort down and going.
Today Bernice is the oldest of the first people to move on to the reservation. The only ones living of the first bunch are Emma Jean, Loretta Pecore and Alfred Miller. And Loretta and Alfred were only a year old when they moved out to the reservation. Bernice retired at a late age to get caught up on the work that needed to be done at home. “And I still haven’t got it done” said Bernice.