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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John S. Miller

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


JOHN S. MILLER - Is a prominent merchant of Champaign city. Mr. Miller was born in Jefferson, Ky., December 11th, 1840. He is a son of S. F. MILLER, for many years prominently identified with the business interests of Champaign, but now living in Arcola, this state. Mr. Miller received his education in the Jefferson College, in his native town. Having finished, at the age of nineteen he went to Eminence, Kentucky, and embarked in the stove and tin business, which he continued until 1867, with very good success. On the 8th of October, 1867, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Amanda, the accomplished daughter of James B. ROBINSON, a wealthy planter of Henry county, Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Miller located in Champaign, the same month they were married, with a capital of three hundred dollars. Mr. Miller engaged in the stove and tin trade again, in the frame building near his large new brick store No. 80 University Ave. During the first year he was associated with his father, but since that has been alone, and by his assiduous industry, genial manners, and strict business integrity, has built up an extensive trade which extends over a large part of the county. He is also doing considerable wholesale business. Mr. Miller and his father were the principal contributors to the erection of the Christian Church, which formerly stood on the Avenue. He was a former member of the city council, and is at present an efficient member of the school board. He is also a live member of the A.F. and A.M. fraternity. Their only child, Cora L., was born July 21, 1868.

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