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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.
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
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011