Biography of Ogden S. Miller
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Miller, Ogden S., son of Alexander Miller, was born December 3, 1846, in the town of Barre. Alexander was a son of Caleb, who came from Byron and settled in Barre at an early date, where he engaged in farming. He married Mrs. Rhoda Loomi8, and they had three sons: Caleb, Alvin, who died young, and Alexander. Caleb Miller died in 1819. His song, Caleb, Jr., and Alexander, were blacksmiths by trade and carried on a shop in Byron for a time then came to Clarendon village, where they engaged in the blacksmith and foundry business, manufacturing plows extensively. Caleb Miller, jr., built the stone shop at Clarendon which is still in use. After a few years Caleb sold out to his brother and removed to Michigan, where he became a farmer and later established a foundry. Alexander Miller built many houses in Clarendon, and did much to promote the growth and welfare of the village. He married Lois, daughter of Elias Willard of Monroe county in 1844. and their children were: Ogden S. (our subject); Jennie V., who married Walter T. Pettengill; Fred W., and Nellie L., who married William A. Bissell. In 1866 Ogden S. Miller became a partner of his father in the manufacture of carriages and agricultural implements. In 1871 Alexander Miller sold his interest in the business to W. P. Pettengill, and in 1874 engaged in farming in Bergen. In 1878 he removed to Caledonia, where with his son, Fred W., he again engaged in the manufacture of agricultural implements. Alexander Miller died in 1886, and Fred W. continued the business. Fred W. Miller was twice married, his first wife being Minnie Carruthers, and the second Lottie Tiffany. Ogden S. Miller was educated in the school of his town and in Lockport Union School, and at Bryant & Stratton's Business College of Buffalo. In 1871 he formed the partnership with Mr. Pettengill, and for two years they were engaged in the manufacture of carriages. In 1873 they purchased the cider and grist mill property at Clarendon and soon became extensive manufactures of cider vinegar. In 1886 they extended their business to Holley, building a large evaporator and becoming the largest producers of cider vinegar in the world. In 1891 the business was incorporated as the "Genesee Fruit Company," Mr. Miller being the vice president and general manager. He removed to Holley in 1886. He was one of the organizers of the Holley Electric Light Company, and the Water Works. He was president of the village several years and was known and recognized as one of the most enterprising and public spirited men of the town. He was a member of Holley Lodge, I. O. O. F., Murray Lodge, F. and A. M., and the A. O. U. W. In 1872 Mr. Miller married Rosetta C., daughter of William Glidden of Clarendon. He died May 20, 1893.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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