Country Facts and Folklore
By Andy Reddick

 

LUMBER DEALER IN MILTON

Dan Alfred Miller was born in Milton on June 3, 1872, the son of Chris Miller and Fannie Laymen Miller. Dan graduated from Milton High School in the class of 1891.

In Milton, Pearl Holloway became his bride on September 4, 1898. They had a son named Joe, and a daughter named Charlotte.

From 1892 to 1895, Dan was a rural school teacher over in Davis County, then from 1895 to 1899, he taught school in Milton. In 1899, Miller gave up teaching and became manager and bookkeeper of Milton Lumber Company. In 1900, he became a partner in the lumber company.

Miller also was a civic leader. He served as town clerk at Milton from 1900 to 1934, and was a member of the Board of Education at Milton from 1901-1940. He was president of the board several terms. He was chairman troop representative of the Boy Scouts of America from 1927-1933 and was Milton Miltonís Agriculture Society and Fair secretary from 1914-1931.

At Christís Church he became Sunday School superintendent in 1903 and still served in that role in 1940. In 1911 he began teaching a Bible School class for young people. He became president of the Van Buren County Sunday School Association in 1940.

Miller was a member of the Shrine, and as hobbies enjoyed flower gardening and poultry raising.

Source: The Iowa Press Associations Whoís Who in Iowa, 1940)

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