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Seth Miller

Farming & Stock Raising

Oneida Township



     Seth Miller owns a valuable farm in Oneida township and devotes his attention chiefly to the raising, buying and selling of stock, being known as a successful stockman. For twenty-four years he owned and operated a threshing machine and outfit and this enterprise added considerably to his income. He was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, on the 6th of June, 1857, a son of George and Minnie (Heisler) Miller, both natives of Germany, who, however, were brought to this country when small children. For some time after their marriage they lived in Dubuque county but subsequently removed to Delaware county, where they passed the remainder of their lives. To them were born six children, of whom four survive.
     Seth Miller remained at home until he was a young man of twenty two years and was given the advantages of a common-school education. Upon beginning his independent business career he purchased a threshing machine and operated the same for practically a quarter of a century. As he always made it a point to be at a certain farm at the time stated, and as his outfit was modern and efficient, he threshed many thousand bushels of grain annually, which netted him a good profit. He also engaged in farming during this time with marked success and saved as much of his income as possible to purchase land. In 1888 he bought the farm which he still owns and which comprises two hundred and sixty acres of land on section 2, Oneida township. He immediately took up his residence upon this property and in the intervening years has done much to improve the farm, erecting good buildings and in other ways adding to its value and increasing its attractiveness as a place of residence. He makes a specialty of raising, buying and selling stock of all kinds and, as he is an excellent judge of the good points of an animal, is accurately informed as to the ruling prices and is a business man of sound judgment, he finds this business a lucrative one. He also sells lightning rods.
      Mr. Miller was married in 1881 to Miss Orpha Kahl, a native of this county and a daughter of John and Julia
(Greeninger) Kahl, both natives of Pennsylvania. In 1856 they left the Keystone state and removed to Iowa, locating upon a farm in this county, where both continued to reside until called by death. Mrs. Miller is one of a family of four children and by her marriage has become the mother of a daughter, Elma, the wife of Fred Parkin, of Oneida township. Mr. and Mrs. Parkin have three children, namely: Lysle, Clayton and Doris.
     Mr. and Mrs. Miller attend the Congregational church and in their lives practice the teachings of Christianity. Politically Mr. Miller is a democrat and is much interested in public affairs. He has the interests of the public school system especially at heart and for some time has been a member of the school board. He has many stanch friends who hold him in high regard because of his sterling worth of character.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 203-204. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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