Biography of Ludwig F. Miller
Audubon County, IA Biographies





Ludwig F. Miller, cashier of the Brayton Savings Bank of Brayton, Iowa, is one of the well known citizens and business men of Audubon county. Engaged in the grain business in this community for many years and at different times in the lumber business, he has many friends in this part of Audubon county, men who know him for his worth as a citizen and for his honorable and upright dealings with the public generally.

Mr. Miller was born on July 27, 1858, in Denmark, the son of M. F. and Maren (Larson) Miller, both natives of Denmark, the father having been a school teacher and having taught school for thirty eight years. He died in 1878, his wife surviving him many years, passing away in 1912. They had six children: Frederick, Lawrence, Peter, Minnie, Laura and L. F., the subject of this sketch.

It was Mr. Miller's good fortune to have the opportunity in his native land, to obtain a better education than most of his fellow countrymen who have come to America from that country. After finishing the course given in the public schools, he attended college and upon leaving college, spent eighteen months in the Danish army.

Coming to America in 1882, L. F. Miller located at Brayton, Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand for two years. Subsequently, he took a position with the D. W. Powers Lumber Company, which he held for three years. In the meantime, he also bought grain and operated an elevator for two years. He then worked for the Green Bay Lumber Company for one and a half years and finally engaged in the grain business himself under the firm name of Worthing & Miller. For ten years Mr. Miller was engaged in the grain business at Brayton, but sold out to the Rothchild Grain Company and worked for this company for two years at Brayton and also two years at Laura, Iowa.

In 1901 Mr. Miller became engaged in the banking business at Brayton, Iowa, in the bank owned by Delehoyde & Van Gorder and served as assistant cashier of this bank until 1913, when it became a state bank and he was elected cashier. The Brayton Savings Bank has had a very satisfaetory growth, and no small part of its prosperity is due to the zeal, wisdom and energy of its cashier.

On May 29, 1882, Mr. Miller was married to Olena Hansen, the daughter of Hans and Mary Ann (Rasmussen) Hansen. Of the children born to this marriage, six are now living: Raymond, Harry, Einer, Minnie, Agnes and Edna. Raymond married Ina Bisom and has three children, Lucile, Cosetta and Carl L.; Minnie married Reed Walker and has one child, John Dale. The remainder of the children are single and live at home. Mrs. Miller is a native of Denmark, as were her parents, and she came to America in 1882, the year she was married to Mr. Miller. Her parents lived and died in their native land. They had three children: Olena, Jens R. and Karen Marie.

Fraternally, Mr. Miller is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is now a past grand. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at Brayton. In politics, he has always been identified with the Republican party since coming to this country. As a public spirited citizen, Mr. Miller is well known in this section of Audubon county, not only for his wide and diversified career in business but for his interest and support of public movements. He is very popular among the people of this community, being affable and agreeable, honorable and straightforward in all the relations of life.

From:
History of Audubon County, Iowa
Its People, Industries and Instutions
H. F. Andrews, Editor
B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis - 1915


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