Biography of Nathan Miller
Cambria County, PA Biographies





Nathan Miller, secretary of the Johnstown Trust Company, is a prominent citizen of Cambria County. He was born in Shade Township, near Hooversville, Somerset County, Pa., Aug. 15, 1860, and is the son of David J. and Elizabeth (Pepley) Miller.

David J. Miller was born in Paint Township and his wife was a native of Shade Township. He was a farmer and died Sept. 19, 1901. His wife died March 2, 1911, and they are buried at Hooversville, Pa. Mr. Miller was a Republican and a member of the Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Miller the following children were born: Rebecca J., Josiah, Delilah, Julia, and Jonathan, all deceased; and Nathan, the subject of this sketch.

Nathan Miller spent his boyhood on his father's farm in Shade Township and attended Coffee Hill school. He remained on the home farm until he was 21 years of age, at which time he removed to Johnstown and entered the employ of G. W. Osborne. Two years later be became connected with the grocery firm of Petrikin & Berry, becoming part owner of the business later. The firm of Petriken & Miller engaged in business until after the Johnstown flood, when it was reestablished in the Hannan Building, 214 Franklin street. At this time Mr. Miller purchased his partner's interest in the business. After several years Mr. Miller retired from the grocery business, which was sold to Hays Mattern. After an extended trip to California in 1904, Mr. Miller became interested in the real estate business, with offices in the Franklin Building, adjoining the Citizens Coal Company, of which he was a director for several years. He later was elected president of the National Bank of Johnstown, which office he held until July, 1921. In August, 1921, he assumed his present position as secretary of the Johnstown Trust Company.

On Oct. 24, 1893, Mr. Miller was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Lowenstein, of Grantsville, Md., the daughter of Charles and Fredericka (Winterberg) Lowenstein, natives of Germany, and pioneer settlers of Grantsville, Md. Mr. Lowenstein died Sept. 27, 1881, and his wife died Jan. 9, 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have a daughter, Florence L., who lives at home.

Mr. Miller is a Republican, and has served as a member of the city council. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Church and are representatives of the best citizenship of the community.


From:
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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