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EDWIN A. MILLER

Edwin A. Miller, conducting business as a funeral director at Kearney, is well known in Buffalo county, where he has been active in public affairs, serving at one time as county clerk. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, January 26, 1860, and is one of the four surviving children in a family of seven, born of the marriage of Frederick Miller and Lydia Aley, who were natives of Maryland and Ohio respectively. The father was a farmer by occupation and Edwin A. Miller was reared upon the old home farm. His educational opportunities were only such as could be obtained in the district schools and even then he could attend only in the winter seasons, as his services were needed in the work of the fields through the summer months. When eighteen years of age he began learning the carpenter's trade but still continued to make his home with his parents. He was identified with building operations and with farming for one year prior to 1884. On the 31st day of March, 1883, both his parents died of typhoid pneumonia, within fifteen minutes of each other.

In the following March Mr. Miller came west to Kearney, Nebraska, and at once began work at the carpenter's trade in this city, continuing to follow that occupation until 1891. During the succeeding two years he was connected with the implement business. In 1894 he was engaged in the grain and feed business, during the period when corn sold as low as eight cents per bushel, and other grains brought proportionate prices. He stored away thousands of bushels and in December, 1901, he sold his corn and for four years thereafter was deputy county clerk under A. Y. Offill. In the fall of 1905 he was the successful nominee of the Republican party for the office of county clerk and after acceptably serving for a term of two years his record was accorded public endorsement in a reelection, so that his connection with the office covered four years as deputy and four years additional years as clerk. He retired from the position on the 31st of December, 1909, with an excellent record, his course being marked by systematic methods, capability and unfaltering fidelity.

While yet filling the office of clerk in 1908 he opened an undertaking establishment, which he conducted for about a year through an employee but since January, 1909, he has given his undivided attention to the business and that he might better serve the public he took a course in a Cincinnati college of embalming, from which he was granted a diploma on May, 1910.

On the 8th of October, 1889, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Phoebe A. Herbert, and to them have been born five children: Pearl E., the wife of Harry T. Troupe; Florence A., the wife of Emil R. Parks; one who died in infancy; Alberta M., who died at the age of seven and a half years; and Clara Bell.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Presbyterian church and he is an Odd Fellow, belonging to the subordinate lodge, encampment and the Rebekahs. He is also serving as major of the First Battalion of the Second Regiment of the Patriarchs Militant of the order. He has attained the royal Arch degree in Masonry and is a member of the Eastern Star, while on the membership rolls of a member of insurance fraternal organizations his name is also found. He has served consecutively for seventeen years as secretary of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firemen's Association. He has led a busy and useful life characterized by advancement along material lines and by fidelity to every duty. He has a wide acquaintance and the favorable regard of many friends and in Kearney is accounted a representative citizen.

From HISTORY OF BUFFALO COUNTY and ITS PEOPLE by Samuel C. Bassett,
published 1916 by The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago.
Submitted by Lawrence Parks, great grandson of Edwin Miller


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