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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887.

JOHN MILLER

John MILLER, farmer and dealer in thorough-bred horses, section 2, Monroe Township, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, June 28, 1831, son of David and Elizabeth MILLER. He resided in his native country until he was twenty years of age then came to America. He first located at Pittsburg, where he served an apprenticeship at blacksmithing for about three years. He then removed to Fulton County, Illinois, where he followed his trade two years, then removed to Mason County, where he engaged in farming and blacksmithing until 1873, when he came to Ringgold County and settled upon his present farm in Monroe Township. He purchased 280 acres of land, forty of which were broken. He has added to and improved it until he has 380 acres of one of the best-improved farms in the township. He has a good residence, an orchard of 300 bearing trees, a vineyard and small fruits. Mr. MILLER is making a specialty of breeding and dealing in valuable draft horses. In his stables are to be seen several of these horses of Norman Clydesdale and Cleveland Bays. He has spent much time and money in obtaining his stock, and it will compare favorably with any in Southern Iowa. His farm adjoins Beaconsfield. He was married March 13, 1858, at Yates City, Illinois, to Ardelia AMES, and they have six children - Loring D., J. E., John R., Charles W., Almira and Mattie. Mr. MILLER is a member of the Odd Fellows order, and is a member of the United Brethren in Christ church, and a trustee of the same. Politically he is a Republican. Postoffice, Beaconsfield.

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