Biography of Michael Miller


Miller, Michael, Grand Island, p. o. Sheenwater, the proprietor of the Eagle Hotel at Eagle Park on Grand Island, was born in Cleveland, O., April 5, 1846, a son of Frank and Eve Miller, natives of Germany. Frank was a cupola tender and came to America in 1837, bringing his family with him, landing in New York, where he remained for a time and then moved to Buffalo by way of the canal. After a few years he went to Cleveland, O., walking the entire distance from Buffalo to Cleveland, and lived there until 1874, when he moved to Pennsylvania, where he engaged in farming. In 1885 he removed to Buffalo, where he died in 1887. He was a staunch Democrat. He reared four sons and five daughters. His maternal grandfather, Dittenhaver, was with Napoleon all through his great campaign. After the capture of Bonaparte he came to America and settled in the South, where he engaged in contracting and building. He later sold his property and started for Cleveland, O., and as he was never seen or heard from afterward by his family, they supposed he was killed by robbers. Michael Miller became an iron moulder, working in Cleveland until 1874, when he went to Pennsylvania and two years later came to Buffalo, where he plied his trade until 1881. He then engaged in the liquor business, assuming the management of his wife's restaurant. In 1889 he and his wife purchased the beautiful and noted Eagle Park, a fine grove of oak, elm, hickory, ash, maple and other varieties of trees and consisting of thirteen acres beautifully located on the west bank of the island, on which they erected the Eagle Park Hotel and refitted the grounds, making it the finest pleasure resort on the island, which soon became the most popular, having a boat landing where steamboats land and depart regularly during the summer season. Here they have made their home ever since. Mrs. Miller was a daughter of Thomas and Josephine Ferringo, who came to America from Germany in 1854, settling in Buffalo, where they spent their remaining days. Thomas was a stonemason by trade and worked on the Buffalo post-office building. Mrs. Miller was first married to Henry Freeman, and they had three children. Mr. Freeman was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, answering the first call for troops. He re-enlisted, going out in the 100th N. Y. Vols., and served the entire time of the war. He died January 20, 1877. Mrs. Freeman continued on in the restaurant business until her marriage to Mr. Miller. She is a member of the Ladies of the Maccabees, Hive No. 1, of Grand Island.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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