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The thorough educational preparation afforded by an eastern university and the invaluable experience gained by identification with construction work with eastern railroads admirably qualified Mr. Miller for successful prosecution of the tasks connected with engineering and surveying when in 1902 he became a citizen of Sacramento and thus began a congenial association with the west. The office of county surveyor which he now fills does not represent the limit of his capable contribution to local advancement, for in addition he has been a helpful factor in railway construction work and by successful labors here has added to the prestige of an eastern reputation previously established. Since he was elected surveyor and entered upon official duties, in January of 1911, he has devoted his attention to the work of the office, where he has introduced modern conveniences along surveying lines as well as in systematic routine of accounting.

A member of a family established in the central west during the era of frontier development and himself a native of Romney, Ind., Frank C. Miller received an excellent education in the public and high schools of Franklin county, after which be engaged in teaching in that county for two years. With the earnings of this period of teaching he was able to attend the Ohio State University at Columbus, where he took the regular course in civil engineering and in 1893 was graduated with a high standing. The first position secured after graduation was that of rodman with the Big Four Railroad Company, in whose employ he remained for one year. Next he engaged for six months on construction work for the Cleveland, Loraine & Wheeling Railroad Company. From that position he went to the Columbus, Sandusky & Hocking Railroad, where he worked as assistant chief engineer until December of 1899. From that time until he came to California in 1902 he was connected with the Chicago & Alton Railroad as engineer in the maintenance of way department.

Upon coming to California and establishing headquarters at Sacramento, Mr. Miller for five years held the position of resident engineer for the Sacramento division of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, having charge of the department of maintenance and construction. Then for a time he engaged in work independently. He later filled with characteristic ability the position of chief engineer with the Central Traction Company, had charge of the construction work of that road, and is still holding that position with the company. While thus engaged he was elected county surveyor in November, 1910, during his service also having charge of the construction of the Sacramento Terminal Railway and the Vallejo Northern Railway in Sacramento. He is now in charge of the construction of the Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railroad, running from Sacramento to Suisun Bay.

The wife of Mr. Miller was before her marriage Miss Julia Throckmorton, of Lafayette, Ind. Two daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Helen and Frances. Though in sympathy with all religious movements, Mr. Miller is identified with the Congregational church. With intense devotion to the work of his choice, he has had little leisure for participation in public affairs, and takes no part in politics aside from voting the Republican ticket at all elections. He was made a Mason in Tehama Lodge, No. 3, F. & A. M., and is also a member of the Order of Moose. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011