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Biography of Mortimer M. Miller


Farmer and breeder of Hereford Cattle, Section 17, Post office Settle Station

Among the prominent and growing industries of this county the cattle business is receiving no little attention. One of the most interested in this class in the county is Mr. Miller, the subject of this sketch. His place of 80 acres is located at Settle Station, and four miles east of Platte City, where is a very neat and commodious residence, situated on an elevation; the other improvements are of an excellent character and in full keeping with the general appearance of the place.

One of the leading features of the farm is an orchard covering 20 acres and containing about 1,000 trees of select fruits. He finds the raising of apples quite profitable, and the past season had 1,325 barrels of this variety of fruit, besides that consumed for home use. His herd of thoroughbred cattle number 12 head, which, though few in number, are of a superior grade, and he is doing much for the promotion of his calling here.

Mr. Miller was born in Rappahannock county, VA., November 1, 1849, and was the son of Capt. W. J. Miller, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. Young Martimer accompanied his parents to Missouri when a child, and grew to manhood in Platte County, receiving an ordinary education in Platte county and Nebraska City. In the spring of 1872 he went to Colorado and was engaged in mining at Georgetown for two years, the livery business also occupying his attention for a year.

He returned to his home in this county on Christmas, 1875, and soon thereafter, on February 4, 1877, he was married to MISS MARY HOY, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Burton) Hoy, formerly from Kentucky. The former was an early settler in this county, and pre-empted the land upon which he afterwards made his home. Mrs. Miller was born and bought up in Platte county, here also receiving her education.

To them have been born three children: Mabel Mary, Mortimer Middleton and Robert Jackson. After his marriage, Mr. Miller former with his father for two years when he bought his present farm and settled upon it, as mentioned above. He is very energetic and industrious in the management of this place and deserves the success which seems to be crowning his labors.