Lee County Biography

Daniel C. Miller
Reynolds Township


Daniel C. Miller, the present Clerk of Reynolds Township, also occupies an important place among the farmers of Lee County who have been instrumental in developing one of its leading industries and have made this section of the State a great agricultural centre. Mr. Miller, though of German ancestry, is a native of Canada, his birth taking place April 6, 1845, in the County of Brant, Province of Ontario, of which his grandfather was an early settler. He is a son of Jacob and Esther (Van Sickle) Miller, and an account of his parents will be found in the sketch of his brother Rinear Miller.

Daniel Miller was but two years old when the family came to Illinois for the first time, but, notwithstanding he was so young,he has always retained some remembrance of the wild condition of the county surrounding their new home at that time when there were no rail ways in Illinois, and much of the land was owned by the Government, while deer, wolves and other wild animals not now encoutered in thia region were plentiful. As soon large enough, he was put to work on his fathers farm, and continued to help in its management until his father died. At the time of his marriage he settled on a farm in Reynolds Township that he has ever since owned and occupied. When it came into his hands, it was a mere tract of wild prairie, and no attempt at cultivation had been made upon its virgin soil. Our subject has been wrought a wonderful change in the years that have since passed, and now has a valuable a highly productive farm, upon which he has erected suitable buildings for every needed purpose, planted fruit and shade trees, and has the greater part of the three hundred and twenty acrcs improved.

Mr. Miller was married in March, 1866, Miss Margaret Schultz, and among the blessings that have come to them are their ten children: Minnie, Lorine B., Ella M., Bird, Clark C., Francis, Maud, Cora M., Lena F. and Olive. Minnie married Joseph Miller, and Lorine married Ida Codney.

Mrs. Miller was born in Lycoming County, and her father, Isaac Schultz, was a native of the same State, as was his father before him, the family coming originally from Germany in Colonial times. Her grandfather was a farmer, and, so far as known spent his entire life in Lycoming County. Mrs. Miller's father was there reared and married, Margaret Stackhouse becoming his wife. He bought a tract of land in Lycoming County, and there he and his bride began life together. In 1853 he sold his farm in Pennsylvania and came to Illinois, settled among the pioneers of Lee County, buying land near Malugin's Grove, and resided then til 1871, when he went to Floyd County, Iowa, and bought a tract of land one mile south of Marble Rock, and there he and his wife dwelt until they closed their eyes in death, she dying in 1877 he in August, 1884.

Mr. Miller is a man of scrupulous fairness, honesty, as all who know him are aware, and he is trusted implicitly by all with whom he associates or with whom he does any business. He is a straight-forward Republican, and has held local offices, and whether in public or private life will do all that he can to further the interest of the community. He was United States Census Commissioner for Reynolds Township, in 1890, has served as Highway Commissioner, and so satisfactory have been his services as Township Clerk, he is now filling that important office a second term.

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