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Jacob Miller
Portrait and Biographical Album
Lake County, Illinois, 1891

Jacob Miller is one of the leading and influential farmers of Antioch Township, residing on section 35. As this sketch proceeds we will see what a prominent part he takes in public affairs and know that he is justly termed one of the best citizens of the community. He was born in the village of Nietersteinsel, forty miles from Strausburg, Germany, October 19, 1828, being a son of Jacob and Christina (Quering) Miller, both of whom were natives of the same neighborhood, the former born November 4, 1805, and the latter March 23, 1799. They were married October 14, 1827, and in 1831 sailed for the United States. Six weeks were spent upon the ocean and in May, 1831, they located in Buffalo, where they made their home for a year and a half. After an eight months' residence in Detroit, Mich., we next find them June 2, 1834, establishing a home in Chicago, where they resided for a year and a half. The same length of time was spent on a farm in Cook County, and in 1837 they settled on section 6, Warren Township, this county, where they remained until July, 1843, when they took up their residence on the old Miller homestead. It was then a wild and uncultivated tract of land but by the united efforts of father and sons only a short time elapsed before the once wild prairie was a fruitful field. The death of Mr. Miller occurred May 19, 1874, and his wife died December 19, 1888, at the age of eighty-nine years.

We now take up the personal history of our subject, who at the age of fifteen years came to Lake County and aided in the development of the new farm. In the winter season when there was not much work to be done at home he attended school, which was held in an old log building with a mud and stick chimney, furnished with slab seats and a huge fireplace which occupied the greater part of one end of the building. The year 1850 he spent in California, going by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and in his business operations on the Pacific Coast was quite successful. Prosperity has also attended his efforts as a farmer and stock-raiser. He owns two hundred and twenty-six acres of well cultivated land, furnished with good buildings and has made a specialty of the breeding of Percheron horses for the past ten or twelve years. He was instrumental in organizing the Milk Shippers Association and was appointed one of the committee to sell the stock of the company. He worked inits interests all along the Wisconsin Central Railroad from Burlington, Wis., to Chicago, and thus furnished a combination of much importance, for thereby the milk dealers of Chicago secure their supplies. He is now one of the nineteen directors of the company.

On June 19, 1851, Mr. Miller and Miss Harriet Sorter were united in Marriage. Unto them have been born four children, three of whom are living - Jane, wife of Henry Wedge; George A. and Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Centennial Methodist Church, with which they have been connected for thirty years and are liberal supporters of the work, doing all in their power for the spread of the gospel. He is connected with the Masonic lodge at Millburn and for twenty-five years has been a School Director. He cast his first vote for Franklin Pierce but since 1856, when he supported the Fremont, has been a Republican, and by that party was elected Assessor for four terms. All the educational, social and moral interests for the benefit of the community find in him a friend and no more worthy citizen has Antioch Township than Jacob Miller.
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