Wallowa county has her full quota of stock men, among whom are some of the ablest in the state, but there are none in our county who stand better among the people generally, being well liked and esteemed, than the capable gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph and whose life has been one of uprightness and guided by sound and sagacious principles, while he is possessed of an unswerving integrity, that stamps him the man under all circumstances and in all relations.
Mr. Miller is a native Oregonian, being born to John and Louisa (Schulle) Miller, on October 28, 1868, in Marion County. The father is a native of Ohio, and the mother of Missouri. The father was a farmer and stockman of Adair County, Missouri, and came west in the early sixties, engaging in freighting and mining for eight years in various places. In 1868 he returned to Missouri and settled, remaining there since that time. But little mention is made of our subject’s career until he had reached the age of majority. At that time he was suffering from ill health and came to Oregon to be made sound in body once more. He settled in Wallowa County, remaining in and around Wallowa town for several years and engaging himself with the different stockmen of the vicinity, among whom was John C. Stailey. In the fall of 1895 Mr. Miller went to Crow creek and purchased his present place of eight hundred and eighty acres, which lies sixteen miles northeast from Enterprise. A portion of this rangeland and a portion suitable for general farming. Mr. Miller has devoted most of his attention to handling sheep, having about four thousand stock animals, which he operates. He is considered one of the heavy stockmen in the county and is surely, owing to his thrift and untiring care of the details of his business, one of the most successful ones. He is a man of sound principles, possessed of fine capabilities, and a geniality that has won him friends from every station of life. He is widely known in northeastern Oregon and wherever he is acquainted he is esteemed and his abilities and past success presage for him a future career of extended prosperity and business success that would do credit to any manipulator.