Biography - A. J. Miller

A. J. MILLER, merchant, Cobden, was born January 8, 18-15, in Jonesboro, Ill. His parents, Henry Miller, a native of North Carolina, and Catharine (Cover) Miller, a native of Maryland, were in comfortable circumstances, and his educational advantages were as good as could be furnished in the schools of Jonesboro. At the age of seventeen years, he began clerking for Adam Buck, then a merchant of Cobden. From the day of his taking service to the final withdrawal, he enjoyed the confidence of his employers, and to a large extent participated with them in the management of their affairs, and at the age of twenty-six years he was taken as a partner and thus did business for five years. In 1878, he formed a partnership under the firm name of Miller & Loomis, which is now recognized as one of the leading enterprises of Cobden. In February, 1880, he married Allie, a daughter of Capt. L N. Phillips, the result of which is two children, viz.: Henry and Nettie A. He is proprietor of Miller's Opera House; owns his present business room and the adjoining one in which Mr. L. T. Linnell is doing a banking business and keeps the post office. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. Chapter, of Anna, and of the K. of H. fraternities. His efforts, politically, is with the Democrats. His estimable lady is a member of' the Presbyterian Church. The father of our subject is deceased, while the mother survives in a very pleasant home in Anna, blessed with plenty of this world's goods to make her comfortable the remainder of life. She blessed her husband with eleven children, nine of whom are living, viz.: George N., A. J., Alice S. the (wife of Arthur Moss), John C, Frank P., David W., Mary M. (the wife of James Dickerson), Caleb and Kittie. The parents were early identified with the German Reform Church.

Extracted 26 Jul 2021 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 136.

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