Biography of Thomas W. Miller
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Thomas W. Miller is active and widely known in the business life of Ashland where he is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Faultless Rubber Company. He was born in Summit County, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1875, the son of Freeman and Rebecca (Fisher) Miller.

Freeman Miller and his wife were natives of Summit County and spent their entire lives there, being highly respected and worthy citizens. The father was a blacksmith and carriage builder by trade and engaged in that work for many years at Manchester.

Thomas W. Miller received his education in the public schools of Manchester and also attended a boarding school at Uniontowii. At the age of 16 years he became a teacher in the district schools, but the following year attended a business college in Akron. He later secured a position in the factory of the Akron Silver Plate Company, and after serving an apprenticeship was sent out on the road as a commercial representative of the company. He was thus engaged until 1896. Ambitious to engage in business for himself, Mr. Miller established a rubber manufacturing industry and formed a copartnership with several business men of Rochester, N. Y. They organized the Faultless Manufacturing Company, which was succeeded in 1900 by the Faultless Rubber Company, a West Virginia Corporation. In 1903 Mr. Miller and H. B. Camp organized the Camp Rubber Company and established a plant in Ashland. The following year the Camp Rubber Company and the Faultless Rubber Company merged their interests with a capital stock of $325,000, and conducted the business under the name of the Faultless Rubber Company, with a large and well equipped plant at Ashland. Mr. Miller became treasurer and general manager of the Faultless Rubber Company and acted in the same capacity for the Camp Rubber Company after the merging of the two industries. He continued to act as treasurer and general manager until the illness of Mr. Camp in July, 1907, when he was elected president. He served as chief executive until December, 1927, when he resigned the presidency in favor of C. D. Hubler, who is now president of the company, and Mr. Miller is chairman of the board of directors.

The Faultless Rubber Company manufactures druggists sundries, specialties, novelties, and sponge rubber products, having practically a monopoly on the manufacture of the last named article in this country. The business has gained extensive proportions under the capable management and direction of Mr. Miller, whose enterprise has made him one of the foremost business men of the city. He is also a director of the First National Bank of Ashland and a director of F. E. Myers Brother & Company, Ashland.

On March 31, 1908, Mr. Miller married Miss Helen Myers, of Ashland, the youngest daughter of F. E. and Alavesta (Hohenshil) Myers. They have four children: Thomas W. J., born July 12, 1910, attends Rollins College; Frank Myers, attends University School, Cleveland; Mary Myers, a student; and Parker Everett, born in 1923.

Mr. Miller is a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, Colonial Club, Union Club, the Country and Mid Day Clubs of Cleveland, also the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Bankers Club of New York City, Ashland Country Club, and St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller live in Ashland and also have a winter home on the west coast of Florida.

Mrs. Miller is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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