George Miles, the postmaster and perhaps the
leading merchant of Darby Montana was born in Richland County, Wisconsin
on the twenty fourth day of July 1860. During his tenth year, his parents
moved from Wisconsin to Clay Center, Kansas where he purchased a good farm
and engaged in cultivating it according to the methods of the eastern farmer.
His majority still found him with his father until his twenty third year
when he left Kansas for Montana with the intention of taking up a claim of
his own. During the winters of eighty-four and eighty-five he worked in the
lumber camps near Victor, Montana. Coming into town the ensuing spring, he
opened the first general store in that place. This he managed until 1888
when he sold the business to move to Darby. In this little city he was the
first merchant. In April of 1899 during the service of Postmaster General,
Charles Emory Smith, he was appointed postmaster of Darby. For several terms
he also acted as Justice of the Peace. He is keen of wit and quick at repartee,
always appreciating a clever story and ready to tell a better one. This trait
has added much to his popularity and made his little store, the most attractive
spot in Darby.
Just before to Montana, Mr. Miles had found
his "heart's desire" in the person of Miss Hester F. Bones. The young lady
was born in Illinois, her father being an Illinois farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Miles
were united in marriage on the 17th day of September 1884. Of this union
eight children have been born, of whom two have been called away. The daughters
are May, Grace, Georgia and Sarah. May, the oddest, is married to Andrew
Loftus of Hamilton Montana. The second daughter is now Mrs. Howard Strawn
of Portland Oregon. Georgia is the wife of William Sherett of Darby and Sarah
is still at home with her parents. The son, Dewey is still attending school.
George Miles is the son of Thomas Miles, originally
from Ohio and Sarah Wilcox Miles, from Indiana. They purchased their Kansas
farm in 1886, Mr. Miles cultivating it in person until his death in 1909.
The mother still lives on the old homestead near Clay Center Kansas. Her
son, Frank Miles makes his home with her and manages the property while the
youngest daughter Ella, now Mrs. Alfonzo King, lives on a farm not far distant.
Amanda, the oldest of the girls also resides in Clay Center. She is the widow
of John Hunter, a farmer in the neighborhood. The other children are Robert
O. Miles, a farmer near Meridian Kansas and the subject of this sketch. One
brother and one sister, Edson and Effie passed away in their childhood.
History of Montana, Sanders, 1913