Surname: Miller

Biography of George W. Miller

The student of history cannot carry his investigations far into the records of Racine’s industrial and commercial development without learning that the Miller family has played an important part in shaping the record along that line. George W. Miller is now treasurer of the J. Miller Company, shoe manufacturers, having one of the important concerns of this kind in the state. He was born in Racine, July 12, 1866, a son of Joseph Miller, founder and promoter of the business, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. He attended the McMynn Academy after mastering the elementary branches of learning taught in the public schools, and when he entered business circles it was as an employee of his father in the shoe manufacturing business. He displayed thoroughness in mastering the tasks assigned him and year by year, month by month and day by day he added to his store of knowledge concerning the business, both in the manufacturing and the distributing end. At length he was made secretary of the company and is now its treasurer. Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Thomas, of Racine, and their children are Joseph G., Grover F. and Bernard H. The parents are members of St. Rose Catholic church and Mr. Miller is also connected with the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is identified with...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry C. Miller

In pioneer times the Miller family, of which Henry C. Miller is a representative. was established in Racine and from that date to the present the name has figured prominently in connection with the development of the city’s manufacturing interests. Henry C. Miller, now one of the partners and officers in the J. Miller Company. has been identified with the shoe manufacturing business from the age of seventeen years. He was born in Racine, August 27, 1862, and supplemented his public school course by study in the McMynn Academy. When seventeen years of age he entered his father’s shoe manufacturing establishment, acquainted himself with the business and worked his way upward until he became superintendent of the factory. Later changes in the personnel of the company have occurred and for several years he has occupied the position of vice president, giving his attention now to administrative direction and executive control. On the 20th of June, 1900, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Cozie Clarke, a daughter of John J. and Margaret (Harter) Clarke, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and to them has been born four children: John Clarke, Noel, Richard and Camille. The family is communicants of the St. Rose Catholic church and Mr. Miller is identified also with the Knights of Columbus. In politics he is independent, but is interested in the welfare and progress of his city...

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Biography of Frank J. Miller

Various corporate interests have felt the stimulus and benefited by the co-operation of Frank J. Miller, who is recognized as a man of sound business judgment and keen discrimination. His plans are ever carefully formed and promptly executed, and energy and determination have enabled him to overcome all obstacles and difficulties in his path. His chief interest, perhaps, is that of the J. Miller Company, one of the oldest and largest shoe manufacturing concerns of this section of the country, of which he is the president. The difficulties of an undertaking do not deter him, for he recognizes the fact that when one avenue of opportunity seems closed, he can carve out other paths which will bring him to the desired goal. Mr. Miller is a native of Racine. He was born February 17, 1860, a son of Joseph and Theresa (Bauer) Miller, the former the founder of the J. Miller Company and long prominently and actively associated with shoe manufacturing interests here. Frank J. Miller supplemented his studies by a course in the McMynn Academy, from which in due time he was graduated. He made his start in the business world with the J. Miller Company, acquainting himself with the practical end of manufacturing and thus becoming qualified to direct the labors of employees. About 1901 he became treasurer of the company and upon the death of his...

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Biography of Joseph F. Miller

Deep regret was felt throughout Racine when Joseph F. Miller passed away on the 17th of September, 1915. He was then a comparatively young man of forty-five years. Practically his entire life had been spent in this city and he became active in the management and conduct of a shoe manufacturing business which had been established by his father, Joseph Miller, long one of the honored and prominent manufacturers of southeastern Wisconsin. It was on the 29th of June, 1870, that Joseph F. Miller was born, his parents being Joseph and Theresa (Bauer) Miller, both of whom were natives of Germany. Extended reference to the father is made on another page of this work. Reared in his native city, Joseph F. Miller acquired his education in the public schools and afterward became connected with the business which his father had established in 1857. The business was incorporated in 1882 under the name of the J. Miller Company and as the sons reached a sufficient age the father admitted them to an interest in the business. Joseph F. Miller assumed the duties of bookkeeper and continued in that capacity until his death, while at the same time he was active in shaping the policy and directing the interests of the concern. He was recognized by his associates and contemporaries as an able business man, alert, energetic, enterprising and progressive, having...

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Biography of Leo F. Miller Jr.

Leo F. Miller. Jr., president of the Commercial Press Company, was born in Racine on the 13th of March. 1885, and is one of the enterprising and progressive young business men in this city, alert and energetic and watchful of all opportunities pointing toward further prosperity. He is a brother of Frank H. Miller and a son of Leo F. and Theresa Miller, Sr., mentioned in connection with his brother’s sketch on another page of this work. The family was of the Catholic faith and therefore he was sent to St. Joseph’s parochial school, wherein he acquired his education. Afterward he secured the position of timekeeper and bookkeeper with the Racine Gas Light Company and remained an employee of that corporation for seven years. On the 1st of June, 1908, he became connected with the Commercial Press Company, which was organized in 1902 and of which his brother, F. H. Miller, became a stockholder in 1905. Since that time all of the stock has been acquired by the Miller brothers, and with the reorganization of the business in 1909, Leo F. Miller became the president of the company and has so continued, bending his energies to the further development of the business and the extension of its trade relations. On the 1st of June, 1912, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Mildred Fairbanks, of Racine, and...

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Biography of Frank H. Miller

Frank H. Miller, secretary-treasurer of the Commercial Press Company of Racine, became one of the owners of this business on the 17th of August, 1903, after having previously served for a number of years as foreman. Since that date he has been active in the management of the concern and has become more and more largely interested as a stockholder. He was born in this city November 24, 1879, a son of Leo F. and Theresa (Huck) Miller. The father was likewise a native of this city and the mother of Newark, New Jersey, both being born in the year 1855. The paternal grandfather, Nicholas Miller, came to Racine in 1850, casting in his lot with the early settlers and becoming one of the first merchants, here conducting a dry goods store and hotel. In early life Leo F. Miller learned the painter’s trade and became a painting contractor, conducting a substantial business of that character. He was also interested and active in public affairs and served as supervisor, while for one year he was on the board of public works. He married Theresa Huck, a daughter of Roman Huck, who brought his family to Wisconsin in pioneer times. Both Mr. and Mrs. Leo F. Miller became members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Frank H. Miller was graduated from the parochial and ward schools of Racine and in his...

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Biography of Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller, Judge of the County of Halton, is the son of an early settler in this county. Thomas Miller, senior, who came hither from the County Down, Ireland, in 1827. Thomas was born in the Township of Nelson, September 15, 1830. His mother’s maiden name was Margaret McWha, who was also from Ireland. The father of our subject who was an extensive agriculturist in Ireland, and farmed in this country, died in 1867; his mother in 1837. He was educated in the Grammar Schools of Palermo, in this county, and Queen’s College, Kingston, being graduated in 1853; studied law in Toronto with Judge Morrison and Hon. Adam Crooks; practiced one year in Hamilton; was called to the Bar at Easter term, 1857, and was appointed County Crown Attorney, and Clerk of the Peace for Waterloo, and removed to Berlin. He there held the offices just mentioned until appointed Judge of the County of Halton, in December, 1867, when he settled in Milton, the county town. While a resident of Berlin he was for eleven years Chairman of the Grammar School Board of Trustees, and did all that any man could do to build up the schools of that town. Judge Miller is one of those cool, impartial, painstaking, and conscientious jurists, who aim to render exact justice in all cases. His knowledge of law is thorough; he is...

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Biographical Sketch of William Miller

William Miller, judge of the county of Waterloo, born in the township of Niagara, October 30, 1810, is a son of William D. and Ann (Van Sickle) Miller, his father being of Scotch descent; his mother a native of New Jersey. He was educated in the town of Niagara; studied law with Hon. Robert Dickson and Judge E. C. Campbell; was called to the Bar in 1835; practiced eighteen years at Dundas, and in 1853 was appointed judge of the county of Waterloo, a position which he still holds. He is one of the judges longest in the county and the Province, and much respected. He is very conscientious, carefully weighs every case, and rarely fails of accuracy in his decisions. Judge Miller is a member and elder of Knox Presbyterian church, Galt, and held the same office in the Presbyterian church at Dundas. In 1837 he married Miss Cheesboro, daughter of N. G. Cheesboro, of Canandaigua, N.Y., and has six children living, and has lost four. William Nicholas, the eldest son, has a family, and is a barrister, of the firm of Beatty, Miller, Biggar, Chadwick and Co., Toronto; Henry, the next son, has a wife and is a druggist, Galt; Robert, the youngest son, is on the mounted police, at Battleford, North West Territory; Elizabeth is the wife of Z. A Lash, deputy minister of justice, Ottawa,...

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Biography of Orin Smith Miller, D. O.

For seventeen years Dr. Orion Smith Miller has engaged in the practice of osteopathy in St. Louis and throughout the intervening period has enjoyed an extensive patronage which is at once an indication of the skill and ability that he displays and of the success which he is attaining in his chosen field. St. Louis numbers him among her native sons, his birth having here occurred October 7, 1865. His ancestral line is traced back to Pennsylvania and in the family mingled traits of English, Irish and Dutch blood, although representatives of the name have long resided on this side the Atlantic. The doctor’s father, Isaac Newton Miller, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and about 1841 became a resident of St. Louis, where he joined Daniel Catlin in the tobacco manufacturing business, with which he was connected until January, 1899, when he retired from active life, spending his remaining days in the enjoyment of well earned rest. He married Annie Elvira Smith, who was born in Indiana and came with her parents to St. Louis in 1845. The death of Mr. Miller occurred June 18, 1908, when he had reached the age of seventy-two years and ten months. To him and his wife were born five children, four of whom are living: D. C., a capitalist of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bessie, the widow of John R. Scott, formerly connected with...

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Biographical Sketch of W. T. Miller

W. T. Miller was born in Hawkins county, Tennessee, December 4, 1828. His parents Obadiah and Susan A. Miller, were early settlers of Missouri; his mother died May 5, 1876, and his father, May 25, 1878. When twenty-one years of age he began by renting a small piece of land, was industrious and saving, and in 1853 was able to buy forty acres of raw land. He has kept steadily increasing his possessions until he now owns over four hundred acres of highly improved land. On June 23d, 1853, he was married to Miss Charity W. Nance, a native of Bedford county, Virginia, born September 1, 1832. She was the daughter of Allen B. and Polly Nance, who were natives of Virginia, but very early settlers of Daviess county. Her mother is dead, but her father is still a resident of this county. Ten children have blessed. this union, nine of whom are still living: Ethelbert W., born April 26, 1855; Charles M., born April 8,1858; Archibald W., born April 15, 1862; Davis L., born July 2, 1864; Connelly J., born October 4, 1866; Gustavus-T., born September 20, 1868; Lucy L., born June 12, 1871; Bob H., born December 29, 1874; Josie L., born August 20,’ 1877; and Mary C., born April 23, 1860, died in infancy. Mr. Miller is one of those men who have worked up from...

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Biographical Sketch of David G. Miller

Was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, April 13, 1828. His parents were Michael and Sarah Gates Miller. His mother was a niece of General Gates of Revolutionary fame. His parents were both born in Pennsylvania. From his native State our subject removed to Ohio and lived there for a number of years, engaged in farming. He came to Missouri in the spring of 1855, and located the autumn following in this County, and has made his home here ever since. Mr. Miller was married, in Monroe County, Ohio, June 5, 1851, to Miss Matilda, daughter. of Samuel and Rachel Monroe. She was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in. the year 1834. They became the parents of eight children, six of whom are now living, named as follows: Martin M., Melvin A., Martha L., David B., Ulysses G. and Alice C. Mrs. Miller died May 1871. Our subject is a member of the orders of A. 0. U. W. and A. F. & A. M. He is Republican in politics. He owns a good farm and is an energetic and enterprising business...

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Biographical Sketch of James N. Miller

James N. Miller, editor and proprietor of the Sac Sun, is a native of Pa., and was for several years editor of the Republican, published at Waynesburg. In 1870 he came to Iowa and located at Eldora, Hardin County, remained only a short time, then came to Sac City, and established the Sac Sun, which has grown to importance and is the official paper of the county. In 1878 He built the new office, which he now occupies. The paper is an eight-column folio, and has a circulation of eight hundred. Mr. Miller is prepared to do first-class job work of all...

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Biographical Sketch of William W. Miller

William W. Miller was born February 24, 1856, in Franklin County, Missouri, the eldest son of J. W. Miller, a well known and prominent farmer in his county. His mother was a Miss M. B. Bell. William attended public school until sixteen years of age, when he entered Lone Hill Academy, Franklin County, and there remained four years, when he graduated in mathematics and returned to his father’s home. Remaining there two years, William came south and settled in Vinita, I.T., opening a livery stable, and continued the same for two years. After this he embarked in farming and stock rising, and in 1885 purchased the hardware establishment of A. H. Goody Koentz, in Vinita, and located on the main street, which business he still carries on. Mr. Miller married Miss Ellen H. Blythe, daughter of James C. Blythe and Jemima Rodgers. Mr. Blythe is one-fourth Cherokee, and has been postmaster in Vinita for several years. By this marriage Mr. Miller has two children, Roy, born May 18, 1881, and Ray, born October 15, 1883. Mr. Miller is a gentleman of pleasing manners and good address, and is a first-class businessman. His establishment may be said to be the only exclusive hardware house in the Cherokee Nation, and he carries a fine stock of about $15,000. Mr. Miller has also 400 acres in cultivation and a beautiful residence in...

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Biographical Sketch of Mary A. Miller

Mary A. Miller, familiarly know by all as “Grandma Miller”, is one of the loveable elderly ladies of our county and it is especially gratifying to have the opportunity to append an epitome of her career in this the abiding chronicles of Harney county. She is a woman of many virtues and graces and has done a noble part in the life of the pioneer and she has many friends who admire her real worth of character, her faithful life, and her own rare qualities of intrinsic worth. She is now making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jane Poujade, who is the wife of one of the leading stockmen of Harney county and whose comfortable and commodious residence is six miles east from Harney, on what is known as Cow creek ranch. Mrs. Miller was born in Richland county, Ohio, on September 29, 1827, and at the age of eleven went with her parents to Henry county, Iowa. There she married Mr. Isaac H. Jones, on October 26, 1845. They removed to Boone county, Iowa, where Mr. Jones died on June 27, 1860. In 1862 Mr. Jones married William Miller and in 1863, with five children, they started across the plains with ox teams for the Pacific coast. The arduous and trying journey was completed when they landed in Salem. There Mr. Miller engaged in raising stock for...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel N. Miller

Samuel N. Miller. This gentleman is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Henry county, that State, on the 16th of January, 1818. He is the son of Ephraim and Jemima Miller, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and went with their parents to the same settlement in Kentucky, where they were after wards married. These families made the trip from Virginia to Kentucky in a flat-boat, which was so crowded that Samuel’s mother, then a young girl, was forced to sit in a large kettle. The Indians several times tried to decoy them ashore, but they at last landed safely at a place called Boone’s Lick, Kentucky. The first crop of corn raised by Ephraim Miller and wife was cultivated with hoes, they having no team, and gathered in baskets. In the spring of 1821, Ephraim, with his two oldest sons, went to Indiana, and pitched camp in the virgin wilderness, they being the first comers of that locality. They at once built a cabin, which they got ready by fall, and moved the family to that new forest hone. There the subject of this sketch grew up and received his education, living on the place they first settled, until the spring of 1865. At that date he and Henry Sloan came to Daviess county, Missouri, where Mr. Miller bought a farm the following fall. He...

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