Biography of William M. Miller
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

WILLIAM M. MILLER, who carries on an extensive furniture and undertaking business in Mendon, is one of the most successful and enterprising citizens of the village. He was born December 17, 1873, in Center township, Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of Harrison P. and Amanda (Moore) Miller.

The paternal grandfather of our subject, Michael Miller, was one of the pioneers of Mercer County, settling in Center township when the country was a wilderness. He entered over 400 acres of land in the county. He died in i899 when nearly So years of age. His wife survived him until i901, her death occurring when a little over 80 years old. They were the parents of three sons and one daughter: George, deceased; Silas, who resides in Center township, where he owns and operates a fine farm; Mary, a resident of Union township, whose deceased husband, William Hamilton was a stock buyer; and Harrison P., the father of our subject.

Harrison P. Miller and his wife were both natives of Mercer County. He was born in January, 1845, and has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is at present a resident of Mendon.

William M. Miller was reared in Center township and attended school in District No. 8. He remained on the farm until he had finished school and then entered the employ of Mr. Yocum, who was in the undertaking business at Mendon. He remained there for about three years and then took a three years course at Zanesville. In 1896 he bought out his former employer, Mr. Yocum, and one year also engaged in the furniture business, in which undertaking he met with great success. In 1901 he erected his present large building, which is a fine, two story structure with a pressed brick, stone trimmed trimmed front. The wall on the south side of the building is 17 inches thick, being so constructed for protection in the event of fire, as all the buildings on that side are frame. The second floor of the building is occupied by the Odd Fellows lodge. Mr. Miller has the foundation for another building laid, which is a duplicate in every way of his present building, except in length. Mr. Miller has met with much success as an undertaker and averages one funeral a week. He conducts his furniture business on a systematic basis, keeping a record of all goods sold. He has perhaps the largest furniture store in the county. He even encroaches on the business of other towns, selling goods in all the surrounding towns, such as Rockford, Lima, Spencerville, St. Marys, and numerous other places. In the past five years only two sales of furniture have been made in the town of Mendon by outside parties. Mr. Miller owns one of the prettiest and most attractive homes in Mendon, which he erected in 1905. He has installed in the basement a water works system designed on his own plans. He is of an inventive turn of mind.

Mr. Miller was married to Mary E. Norris, a daughter of William Norris. She was born in the eastern part of Ohio and came to Mercer County with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have three sons: Elra N., Lowell H., and Hubert. Mr. Miller is a Republican in politics, but reserves the right to vote for the best man. He is a member of Mendon Lodge, No. 750, I. O. O. F., and Mendon Lodge, No. 416, K. of P. He and his family are connected with the Methodist Episcopal. Church at Mendon.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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