Biography of Virgil G. Miller
North Central Ohio Biographies

Virgil G. Miller, retired, is widely known and well liked throughout Ashland County, where he has spent his entire life, having been identified with the F. E. Myers & Bro. Company for a period of 36 years. He was born on a farm in Montgomery Township, five miles east of Ashland, May 22, 1854, the son of J. A. J. F. and Harriet (Evans) Miller.

J. A. J. F. Miller was a native of Pennsylvania and was brought to Ohio by his father, John Miller, who settled on a farm near Ashland. The son studied pharmacy but after several years went West on a prospecting trip to the gold fields of Idaho, taking with him his son, Elmer. After three years J. A. Miller returned to Ashland, where he spent a number of years as a pharmacist in the employ of the Squire Drug Company. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in Ashland. He was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. J. A. J. F. Miller were born the following children: Elmer, who died in 1924; Milton M., retired, lives at Ashland; Virgil G., the subject of this sketch; Wesley, deceased; Florence, who died at the age of 15 years; and Fletcher, who died at the age of three years.

Virgil G. Miller left school at the age of 16 years to enter the employ of Johnson Brothers, of Ashland. He spent some time in the shops of the Whiting Machine Company, and in 1880 went to Mansfield, where he remained for two years. Upon his return to Ashland Mr. Miller entered the employ of F. E. Myers & Brother Company as a foreman in the tool room, later being promoted to machine shop foreman. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1918. He lives at 420 Cottage Avenue, and also owns numerous pieces of real estate in Ashland.

In 1876 Mr. Miller was married at Loudonville to Miss Clara A. Henry, of Ashland, who died Feb. 5, 1925. They were the parents of four sons: Milton H., who is identified with the Ashland post office. He has two sons, Charles and Dudley. 2. Charles Ferry, who died while in service in the Spanish American War. The Spanish American War Veterans Camp in Ashland is named in his honor. 3. Roy, who is identified with the F. E. Myers & Bro. Co. of Ashland. 4. Earl, twin brother of Roy, and a World War veteran. He died in 1924, leaving two children: Paul, who is employed by A. L. Garber, of Ashland; and Raymond, who attends Wooster College.

Mr. Miller has always been a Republican and has taken an interest in civic affairs, having served as a member of the city council. He was also Republican committeeman for 35 years, and as chairman of the county central committee served on the Congressional county committee. He is affiliated with Masonic Lodge, and has the distinction of being the oldest living Past Master of the Ashland Lodge. He also is a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Miller holds membership in the Methodist Church.

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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