Alton B. Parker was the Democratic candidate for president in 1904, who lost to the "progressive" Republican, Teddy Roosevelt. On March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa, Alton Glen Miller was born. A month later, April 9, 1904, Alton Clyde Miller was born 1200 miles away, in Allentown, Pa. He was no relation. Neither Alton Glen, who later added an "n" to his middle name, dropped the "Alton," and became famous as the bandleader, Glenn Miller, nor my father Alton Clyde, had any other Altons in their families. But when your last name is Miller or Smith (my paternal grandmother was a Smith), you look for distinctive first names, and I guess "Alton" was in the air. It doesn't necessarily indicate that my Dad's folks were Democrats, but I'd like to think they were. As the oldest son, I was named Alton Franklin Miller, with a different middle name to avoid the "Jr." And so I like Glenn and who knows how many other Millers, Smiths, and Browns was named after a failed presidential candidate whose name had a certain ring. That's a logical explanation, but here's a real coincidence: Glenn Miller's father was named Elmer. Alton C. Miller's father, my grandfather, was also named Elmer!
P.S. I heard from someone I don't know, who was searching the Internet and came across the above.
She wrote (I've protected the family identity with ***** ):
P.P.S. And then, in September 2013, I heard from someone else who came across this page. He wrote: