Finding Christine Miller, Part 3

Most recently, I found Christine Miller again, this time hanging on a wall.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, my very good friend and cousin Jack and I spent a thoroughly enjoyable and, yes, enlightening day at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main Street in West Orange, NJ.


At the Park, the Main Laboratory Building of the Laboratory Complex is also known as “Building 5.” At the Main Street end of Building 5, on the top floor of this long, three story structure, we found Thomas Edison’s Music Room.


This very, very cool room was one of the first, if not the first, music recording studio.

Among the many fascinating and original artifacts in this room were several Edison Diamond Disc Phonographs like the ones used in the Tone Tests. The phonographs stood in the center and right hand side of the Music Room; the lids of their tall, boxy wooden cabinets lifted open, each one ready and waiting for someone to turn a crank and drop the needle on an old Edison Diamond Disc.

All around the Music Room the walls were decorated with a number of large, framed portraits of many of the artists who recorded for Edison Records.

After taking that photograph of the Music Room, I turned around, looked up and there, hanging on the wall, I found Christine Miller.


Christine Miller was born on February 11, 1877.

Her recording career lasted until 1918 when she married Daniel M. Clemson, a steel manufacturer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Christine Miller passed away on July 5, 1956.

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2 Responses to Finding Christine Miller, Part 3

  1. TPS says:

    What a fascinating story…! Thanks for sharing this. I’d never heard of the Tone Tests though I’ve seen Edison cylinders before in antique shops. The visit to the Edison park must have been just wonderful. “The Wizard of Menlo Park”….

  2. Janis Clemsin says:

    Daniel Clemson was my Great Grandfathers brother. I have been looking into our family tree and was so glad to finally see a picture of Christine. My mother would tell us stories about Daniel and Christine and the way they met. Thank you for sharing this information.

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