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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 290-91


H[oratio] T[hompson] MILLER, proprietor of the Clinton Valley Stock Farm, Clinton Township, resides on section 3. He was born in Rockbridge County, Virignia, March 6, 1836, son of Henry MILLER whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work*. He was the youngest of the family, and his early life was spent on the farm and in attending the common schools of his native State.

He married March 24, 1859, to Miss Elizabeth Jane ZOLLMAN, also a native of Rockbridge County, and daughter of Henry and Elviria (SHAFER) ZOLLMAN. A short time after his marriage Mr. MILLER started for Iowa, coming all the way by team.

He first purchased forty acres of wild land in 1862, and one year later bought forty acres adjoining. Twenty-five acres had been broken and a rude log cabin constructed. A few apple trees had also been planted. He has since added to his original purchase until he owns a farm of 815 acres. It consists largely of rich bottom lands on the West Fork of Grand River, and is known to be one of the best stock farms in Ringgold County.

In a few years the rude log cabin gave way to the hewed-log house, and the latter soon gave way to his present residence, which was erected in 1876. It is built in modern style and is well furnished.

He has a large corn barn, 32 x 50 feet, sixteen-foot posts with a rock basement of eight feet. It is substantially built, and has all the modern conveniences for feeding and caring for stock. It is one of the best arranged barns in Southern Iowa.

Mr. MILLER is extensively engaged in stock-raising and feeding, and is making a specialty of thorough-bred short-horn cattle, and in his herd of twenty-five can be found some of the best registered stock in Ringgold County. He also has a number of improved draught horses.

Politically Mr. MILLER is a Republican. He has served creditably as township clerk, member of School Board, and in 1883 was delegte to the State Convention. He is a member of the United Brethren in Christ church, and is always interested in religious or educational matters.

Mr. and Mrs. MILLER are the parents of ten children - Carrie B., now Mrs. R. L. LOUTZENHISER; Elvira C., now Mrs. C. E. HOOVER; Virginia E., now Mrs. John WARDEN; Margaret, Jane, Henry, John T., Charles Z., William B., and Bessie Dot.

Mr. MILLER has by honest dealing won the confidence of this community. Postoffice, Redding.

NOTE: H. T. MILLER died on February 19, 1914. interred Redding Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

* Henry MILLER's sketch was somehow excluded from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa of 1887.

Henry Jr. and Catharine (MONTGOMERY) MILLER

James' father Henry MILLER, Jr. was born January 25, 1786, Rockbridge County, Virginia, and died March 25, 1865. Henry married James' mother Catharine MONTGOMERY February 15, 1816. Catharine was born August 22, 1792, Rockbridge County, Virginia, and died May 8, 1855, Redding, Ringgold County, Iowa. Henry and Catharine were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

From History of the House of Ochiltree of Ayrshire, Scotland: Horatio Thompson Miller, youngest son and child of Henry and Catharine (MONTGOMERY) MILLER was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, March 6, 1836, and came to Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1859, and settled on the farm which he held until his death. In September, 1859, he married in Rockbridge County, Miss Elizabeth Jane ZOLLMAN, oldest daughter of Henry and Elvira ZOLLMAN. She was born September, 1838, in Rockbridge County. The same year they came, by wagon, to RInggold County, where with only a team, and a few utensils, with which to cook on a fire place, they began to make a home; and by their combined industry, and economy, acquired an abundance of this world's goods. They retired from farm life, as old age came on. They had earned rest by years of toil. They had always extended an open door of hospitality, to all friends. Mr. MILLER was a successful farmer, and stock-raiser. He took pride and pleasure in introducing into the country the very best stock. He was noted for his fair dealing, and practical honesty. He was brought up in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church, in Virginia, and was based on the 75th question, of the Shorter Catchism; which he had memorized in his youth, namely; "What is forbidden in the 8th commandment?" In all temperance matters, Mr. MILLER was a stalwart, of the stalwarts. He was uncompromsing in his opposition to the liquor traffic, in any form. In the memorable campaign for prohibition, in 1882, he was Vice-president of the county organization, and worked untiringly for the amendment. As a result, every township in the county was carried. He could never find in his heart, a sufficient reason for forgiving the ignoble part of those who overthrew that amendment. He regarded that defect, as the betrayal of the deepest interests of the people. He caried in his heart, a loving remebrance, of the old church of his fathers in Virginia. When last visiting the old home, and church, he settled on the church an endowment of $1000.00 as a lasting evidence of gratitude. Of late years, he has beenunited with the M.E. church, at Redding, and has generously aided in its finances. In familiar talks, he always expressed his appreciation of the religion, and teachings of Christ. He died February 19, 1914, in his 78th year. He went down into the valley and shadow of death, trusting in the leadership of the Good Sherpard. He was buried in the Redding Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. MILLER were born 11 children, 2 dying in infancy. The others are as follows:

1) Carrie Blanche MILLER
    married Richard L. LOUTZENHISER
2) Elvira Catharine MILLER, born 07 Mar 1863; died 29 Aug 1897
    married Christian Elliott HOOVER, farmer, son of Jacob & Jane HOOVER
    Children of Elvira (MILLER) and Christian HOOVER:
      1) Jessie Pearl HOOVER, born 08 Oct 1881; died 06 Oct 1889
      2) Earl Thompson HOOVER, born 23 Jul 1883
          part owner & cashier at bank, Leon, IA
          married 1907 Nellie DOnahoe, daughter of Mr. & Elizabeth
          Child: 1) Elton Earl HOOVER, born 30 Jan 1914
      3) Stewart Wesley HOOVER
          born 19 Sep 1890
          cashier of Central Mutual Life Assn., Missoula MT
          married 25 Dec 1902 Helen BATES
          Child: 1) Helen Louise HOOVER, born 31 Oct 1913
      4) Elvira Catharine HOOVER
          born 09 Feb 1897
3) Virginia Echolean MILLER
    born 24 May 1865, Ringgold Co. IA
    married John WARDEN, born 19 Mar 1859, son of John & Eleanor WARDER
    Children of Virginia (MILLER) and John WARDEN:
      1) John Thompson WARDEN, farmer, born 19 Feb 1886, Ringgold Co. IA
      2) Raymond WARDEN, born 07 Dec 1888, Worth Co. MO; married Carrie JACKSON
      3) Vesta Beatrice WARDEN, born 14 Apr 1899, Worth Co. MO
4) Margaret Jane MILLER
    born 29 Feb 1867
    married 15 Apr 1890 John Wesley ADAIR, farmer, born 30 Sep 1865, son of David & Margaret
    Children of Margaret Jane (MILLER) and John Wesley ADAIR:
      1) Frederick ADAIR, born 17 Feb 1891
          married 25 Feb 1913 Gladys SPENCER, daughter of O.C. & Julia
          Child: 1) Louise Ruth ADAIR, born Nov 1913
      2) Earl David ADAIR, born 08 May 1895
      3) Sampson Herbert ADAIR, twin, born 30 May 1898
      4) Dewey Decleo ADAIR, twin, born 30 May 1898
5) Henry H. MILLER
    born 14 Apr 1869
    married 15 Dec 1892 Ella Myra UGLOW, born 09 Dec 1869, daughter of Nicholas & Mary
    moved to Shellbrook, Saskatchon, Canada in 1914
    Children of Henry H. and Ella Myra (UGLOW) MILLER:
      1) Goldie Pearl MILLER, born 01 Jun 1895, Ringgold Co. IA
          married Jun 1913 John WOOLHISER
      2) Leslie Fay MILLER, born 26 Apr 1896
      3) William Wayne MILLER, born 26 Apr 1900, IA
      4) Alta Oliver MILLER, born 26 Jul 1901, NE; teacher at Shellbrook Canada
American Flag.jpg 6) John Thompson MILLER
    born 26 Aug 1871, Redding, Ringgold Co. IA
    taught school, then enlisted as a Private June 1898 Spanish-American War
    served in Company E of the 51st IA U.S.V. in Manilla, Philippines
    musterd out of service 15 Oct 1899, Manilla, as Sergeant, elected to stay in Philippines
    worked in Quartermaster Dept., Ass't Chief of Law Immigrantion Dept, notary public of Islands
    returned to America in January of 1905
    married 24 Aug 1908 Mrs. Frances (BARRY) COLLETON, born 14 Jun 1879, San Francisco CA
    Children of John Thompson and Frances (BARRY) COLLETON MILLER:
      1) James Allen (COLLETON), born 14 Aug 1908, adopted by John Thompson MILLER
      2) John Francis MILLER, born 06 Dec 1909
      3) Elizabeth Claire MILLER, born 23 Dec 1910
7) Dr. Charles Zollman MILLER, born 1876; died 1901
8) Dr. William Bellus MILLER
    born 24 Jun 1879, Ringgold Co. IA
    married 17 Feb 1908 Klo KELLEY, daughter of Stephen A. & Amanda (RIGGS) KELLEY, Centerville
9) Bessie Dot MILLER
    bor 15 Jul 1882, Ringgold County, IA
    married 20 Sep 1903 Arthur Owen DRAKE, son of Elwood & Sarah DRAKE
    Children of Bessie Dot (MILLER) and Arthur Owen DRAKE:
      1) Frances Elizabeth DRAKE, born 21 Feb 1905
      2) Treva Althena DRAKE, born 19 Jan 1908
      3) Owen Miller DRAKE, born 05 Jun 1911
      4) Arthur Miller DRAKE, born 03 Oct 1913
      5) Pearl DRAKE, born 18 Jul 1915

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 290-91, 1887.

RAILEY, Clementine Brown. History of the House of Ochiltree of Ayrshire, Scotland, Pp. 173-74. Bulletin Printing Co. Sterling, Kansas. 1936.

WPA Graves Survey

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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