Biography of Eusebius M. Miles
Riverside County, CA Biographies





EUSEBIUS MORSE MILES.
Extended realty activities throughout a number of well known regions in the Pacific coast country gave to Mr. Miles a comprehensive knowledge of the soil, climate and possibilities of each section; and to Elsinore, where the closing years of his life were passed, he gave a devotion of citizenship as sincere as it was unquestioned. Without making any pretentious claims as to possible rivalry with the more populous cities of the valley, he yet appreciated its spirit of quiet restfulness, understood its merits of soil and climate, and entered into harmonious accord with its zeal for development and educational advancement Since his lamented demise Mrs. Miles has continued to reside here and owns a cozy, attractive home, with real estate representing important moneyed aggregations.

It was the misfortune of Mr. Miles to suffer for many years as a result of the hardship, injuries and exposures of war, and his death eventually resulted therefrom. Having been born in 1846, he was only fifteen years of age when the war cloud darkened the national sky. Youth was no handicap to patriotism and he was enthusiastic to serve the Union in the cause of freedom. With a company of privates from his native city of Galesburg, Ill., he enlisted in the service and was assigned to Company C, Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, a regiment commanded by Col. Robert G. Ingersoll. With the command he marched to the front and immediately began to take part in a series of engagements that kept him in the din of battle and the excitement of camp until his health broke down. On account of a very serious illness he was honorably discharged in 1864 and returned to his old home, where for some time he was unable to engage in business of any kind. Indeed, he was never afterward rugged and sturdy, but was forced to give constant attention to the care of his health.

The marriage of Mr. Miles took place in 1869 and united him with Miss Geraldine Shipman, a native of Wisconsin and a daughter of Isaiah Shipman, the latter of Ohio birth, while Mrs. Shipman was born and reared in Canada; Mr. Miles himself was of southern extraction and came from ancestry long identified with the development of Virginia and Kentucky, his parents having been Kentuckians by birth. However, they left the home of their forefathers and began anew among the pioneers of Illinois, where they lived to attain a fair degree of material success. Two sons blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Miles. The elder, Eugene Herbert, was born at Chippewa Falls, Wis., and received a high school education in that town. The younger son, Frank, was born in the same city in 1873 and died there at the age of ten months. The family removed from the Falls to Iron River, Bayfield county, Wis., in 1891, but during September of the following year they came for the first time to California and for five years lived at Castle Craig, Shasta county.

Subsequent to a residence of eight years at Fall River Mills, Shasta county, Mr. Miles removed to Watsonville, Santa Cruz county. During 1906 he went to Washington and carried on realty interests in Seattle for sixteen months. At the expiration of that time he spent three months at his old home in Watsonville and then sojourned at Los Angeles, whence he removed to Elsinore in 1906 and here, after more than forty years of ill health, he succumbed December 8, 1910, to the effects of his service in the Civil war. For a long time he had retained membership with the blue lodge of Masons at Chippewa Falls, Wis., and his body was conveyed to that town, where the beautiful burial service of the order was read beside his last resting place. His long struggle against ill health and his brave attitude in continuing business affairs despite physical suffering, had won for him the sympathy and admiration of friends at every place where he made his home. Often, in testimony of their appreciation of his discouragements, his friends in the Republican party elected him to local offices and at such times he received likewise the support of many Democrats, for he was respected by all acquaintances regardless of their political views.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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