Biography of Norman S. Miller
Liberty, St Joseph County, IN Biographies





Norman S. Miller, merchant, North Liberty, was born in Darke county, O., Feb. 25, 1832; his parents were Josiah and Martha Miller, natives of Somerset county, Penn.; he was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools of the country; he came to this county in the spring of 1855, with only $75 in money. He taught school three months the following winter, for which he received $105. The same year he purchased a farm of 95 acres, near North Liberty, for which he paid $1,000, a part cash and the remainder "on tick." The spring of 1859, he sold the same farm for $1,687.50, realizing a gain of $687.50. In the spring of 1860 he bought 100 acres lying in sec. 8, for which he paid $1,100, and sold the same farm in 1863 for $1,800. He then purchased 160 acres in sec. 5, paying $2,100, and in 1867 sold it for $4,100. In 1865 he entered into the mercantile business, with a stock of general merchandise invoiced at $9,000. In 1872 he purchased another farm of 160 acres, paying $3,300. Mr. Miller has held many prominent township offices. In 1857 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and served three successive terms with general acceptability. In 1869 he was elected Township Trustee, which office he filled seven years. He was married in 1855 to Miss Mary Rupel, daughter of John and Anna (Loring) Rupel. To this union were born 6 children, of whom 4 are living, viz., John H., Norman E., Anna M. and Lorene. Mr. M. is Postmaster was appointed by President Lincoln, and strongly adheres to the noblest truths of the Republican party.


From:
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
Chicago 1880.


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