Lee County Biography

Ashton, Lee County IL

Samuel F. Miles, of the firm of Mills & Petrie, bankers at Ashton, was born in Herkimer County NY June 21, 1831. His parents, Loran A. and Eve (Petrie) Mills, were natives of the same place where they spent their entire lives and in which county they died. The father was a farmer by occupation.

Our subject is the fifth child of a family of 3 sons 3 daughters. He remained upon the farm until 21 years of age, when he went to Canada, where he spent one year engaged in speculating, and in which he met with fine success. From there he went to DeKalb IL, and engaged in the livery business for about six months, when he sold out and removed to Ashton, becoming interested in the pine and lumber business in 1858, which he carried on alone until he formed a partnership with N.A. Petrie. The partnership continued until 1865 when they closed out and entered into the mercantile business, carrying it on for four years, when they sold out and became interested in banking. In 1888 Mr. Mills built a handsome residence in Parish, NY, where he spends about half of his time and the remainder in Ashton. He was married in the latter place to Louisa Getman, who was also a native of Herkimer County NY.

Mr. Mills was one of the chief founders of the village of Ashton, and has contributed in no small measure to the growth and prosperity of the town. In 1889 the business part of the town was destroyed by fire, or nearly so, and Mr. Mills in company with his partner, N.A. Petrie, has practically rebuilt the place, and they are now the owners of nine stores, a hotel and a number of office buildings. Mr. Mills is a progressive man, enterprising and active, and of undoubted business ability. His public spirit has been manifested in many ways, and he is held in the highest esteem for his liberality which was so prominently manifested during the misfortunes which befell the town. Mr. Mills is strong and active in the ranks of the Republican party.

Source: Portraits & Biographical


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