Biography of Arthur J. Mills
Adams County, NE Biographies





Arthur J. Mills is successfully engaged in the operation of a splendid farm of seven hundred and twenty acres in Denver township, and in addition to raising an immense amount of grain gives much attention to breeding registered Percheron horses. He was born in Grinnell, Poweshiek county, Iowa, in 1869, a son of George H. and Hope (English) Mills. The father was born in Michigan, of Scotch and German ancestry, and now makes his home with his son, Arthur J. The mother has passed away. Two brothers and a sister of our subject reside in Adams county, namely: Leonard P., who is mentioned elsewhere in this work; B. B.; and Mrs. W. H. Harris, whose husband is an engineer at the State Hospital, near Hastings.

Arthur J. Mills was reared under the parental roof and received his education in the common schools. For a considerable period he assisted his father in the operation of the home farm in Hamilton county, Nebraska, but about two decades ago came to Adams county and rented the farm which he is now operating. The place comprises seven hundred and twenty acres of as fine land as there is in Denver township and is a part of the Kerr estate. Mr. Mills has erected all of the buildings upon the place except the residence and keeps everything in the best possible condition. He facilitates the work of cultivating the fields by using up to date machinery and methods and seldom fails to harvest large crops. He has grown as much as twenty thousand bushels of grain in a year and has paid for shucking ten thousand bushels of corn in a year. During 1915 he only raised seven thousand bushels of wheat on account of the rainy season, but the hay crop totalled one hundred and sixty tons. He also is engaged quite extensively in stock raising and makes a specialty of Percheron horses. He has thirty six head, and at the head of the stud is Collector 60152, a fine imported stallion. He also has a few grade Holstein cattle and is beginning to raise Hampshire hogs. He rents the farm on which he resides, but owns one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 15, Denver township, which he purchased from the Meyers estate, and likewise holds title to land outside the county and to city lots. He has succeeded in all that he has undertaken and his activities have been a factor in the promotion of the agricultural and stock raising interests of his county.

In 1894 Mr. Mills was united in marriage, in Doniphan, Hall county, Nebraska, to Miss Clara Orcutt, a daughter of Lorenzo S. and Hannah E. (Barton) Orcutt. Two children have been born to this union, namely: Winona Hope, who was born April 20, 1908; and Gerald Harmon, who died when three days old.

Mr. Mills supports the prohibition party at the polls, but has been too deeply engrossed in the management of his personal affairs to take a very active part in politics. However, he is not remiss in any of the duties of citizenship and can be counted upon to support movements seeking the advancement of his community along any worthy line of endeavor. Fraternally he is connected with the Royal Highlanders lodge at Aurora, Nebraska. Both he and his wife belong to the Christian church and they have done much to further its work. At the time of the erection of the new house of worship four years ago they contributed twelve hundred and fifty dollars to the building fund and they have always been very generous in their support of the church.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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