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Years of useful endeavor are crowned with those of well-merited leisure in the case of Henry Miller, a retired farmer of Lanark, who is one of the best known men of Carroll county. He was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, September 28, 1839, son of John B. and Nancy Mary (Hurst) Miller. They came to America in October, 1847, and the father, a farmer, entered land from the government, to the amount of forty acres. They had the following children; John; Henry; E. Catherina; Mrs. Homer Deal of Shannon, Ill.; George B., of Shannon and Clara Miller of Shannon, Ill. Both parents died in Carroll county, he being buried in Shannon cemetery and she in Elkhorn Grove.

Henry Miller grew up in Carroll county, where he was educated in the district school. When he commenced for himself he chose farming, and acquired a fine farm in the vicinity of Lanark. He moved to Lanark in 1904, but returned to the farm in 1906, then retired from it February 1, 1912, to Lanark, where he is comfortably located in a beautiful home, which he owns in addition to his agricultural property. During the Civil war, he served as a soldier, enlisting October 4, 1864, at Savanna in Company B, Seventh Illinois Cavalry, under Capt. Stephen A. Forbes. Mr. Miller received his honorable discharge at Madison, Ala., October 19, 1865, and returning home, resumed his farming. He is now a member of Shiloh Post, No. 85, G. A. R. of Lanark. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. Politically, he is a Democrat, and for the past twenty years has been road commissioner and school director. The Lutheran Church holds his membership.

In 1866, Mr. Miller was married to Katherine Seng, daughter of William and Margaret (Stein) Seng, natives of Hess-Darmstadt, Germany, born in Germany, but brought to this country by her parents when twelve years old, so that she has lived there for half a century. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Miller are: Rosa, who was born May 14, 1868, lives at home; William H., who married Cora Craig, lives at Scotland, S. Dak.; Theresa C., who married Frank Zugschwirdt of Chadwick, Ill., has two children - Werner H., and Harriet I.; J. George, who lives at Breckenridge, Minn., married Daisy A. Annis, issue - Kathryn A. and Max H.; Charles J., who is a farmer of Carroll county; Edward F., who lives at Meadow, S. Dak., married Grace Pearson, issue - Edith C.; Ella E., who lives at Seattle, Wash., married D. W. Harrington, issue - Sarah K. and Elizabeth R.; Mathilda M., who is at home; Mildred, who lives at Lanark, married Harry B. Rahn, issue - Beatrice E. and Elbert F., who is at home.

Mr. Miller proved in his years of hard work that a man, especially if he is a farmer, can gain success, if he be willing to work and save so that he has money to invest wisely. What Mr. Miller has accomplished serves as an example for the youths of Carroll county, and points out the way for them to become prosperous and honored.

Contributed by Carol Parrish
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Company, 1913, p. 852

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