HENRY MILLER, one of the leading and most substantial business men of Staunton, Macoupin County, was born at Luibbake, Prussia, Germany, August 31, 1836, and is a son of William and Charlotte (Hiffmann) Miller.
William Miller was a carpenter by trade and followed this business both before and after he came to America in December, 1857. His wife died in Germany in 1856. He died at Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois, March 4, 1884. Two children survived, namely: Henry, of this sketch, and Johanna, who is the wife of August Dingerson, of Staunton township, Macoupin County.
Henry Miller was 17 years of age when he crossed the Atlantic ocean in the sailing ship "Minerva," reaching New Orleans in time to witness what was to him a very novel exhibition, the celebrating of the Fourth of July by the negroes. He had learned the butchering business in his own country and found work at Columbia, Monroe County, Illinois. In 1855 he first located in Staunton, but remained but a few months, going then to Madison County, where he worked with Archibald Hoxsey for two years. In 1858 he located a second time in Staunton, where he started a butchering business for himself, in which he has been engaged ever since. This enterprise Mr. Miller built up from the very bottom, a work which required perseverance, ability and economy. Now he, with his five sons in partnership with him, about controls the retail trade of the city, owning large slaughter houses and supplying the greater part of the meat used in the vicinity. One of the pioneer business men, Mr. Miller has been also one of the most important and most successful. He owns, in addition to his abattoir, the Miller Block, which he built and where his retail business is carried on, and a magnificent improved farm of 190 acres lying partly in and partly without the city limits, besides 950 acres in Dorchester township, Macoupin County. His large brick residence is a landmark which attracts general attention.
In 1862 Mr. Miller married Louisa Langewich, who was born December 21, 1842, in Luibbake, Germany, being one of a family of 12 children born to Charles and Caroline Langewich. She came to America with her parents in 1848. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have 10 children, all of whom are living at this date, namely: Henry, Louis, Emma (wife of Oscar Gosch of St. Louis, Missouri), Lena, Otto, William, Lucy, Charles, Matilda and Albert, all of whom are at home except Mrs. Gosch and Charles, the latter being in a drug store in St. Louis, Missouri. All the other sons, who are energetic and promising business men, are associated with their father in business.
Mr. Miller belongs to the Business Men's Club. In politics he is an independent. The family belong individually and collectively to the Lutheran Church.