John B. Miller, editor and proprietor of the "Bucklin Banner," Bucklin, Kan., claims Iowa as the state of his nativity, having been born in Marengo, Iowa county, that state, May 12, 1882. His father, John Miller, was a Virginian by birth, born in the Old Dominion in 1821. The earlier years of his career were spent as a farmer, but he became a pioneer settler in Iowa and was engaged in teaching school a number of years in Iowa county prior to the Civil war. At that time he was also an Indian trader. In 1862 he responded to the call for an "Iowa Temperance Regiment" by enlisting in Company E, Twenty-fourth Iowa infantry, which regiment saw its full share of service and exposure in that great internecine strife. Though it had participated in numerous engagements and skirmishes previously, its first great battle was at Champion's Hill, where it bore a valiant part, suffering severely in killed and wounded. At Vicksburg it was engaged in the active operations against that city and there John Miller was severely wounded. Being incapacitated for further military service he received his honorable discharge and returned to his home in Marengo, Iowa, where he took up the practice of law, having been admitted to the bar before going to the war. He was an active practitioner there for a number of years and was probate judge of Iowa county one term. In 1884, he removed to Florida, where he continned to practice law until his health failed. In 1893 he removed with his family to Eldorado, Kan., where he died on Oct. 27, of that year. He wedded Hebe M. Burdick, a native of Iowa, and to their marriage were born four children, as follows: John B., the subject of this review; Bessie, born March 16, 1884, and on June 4, 1904, became the wife of Le Roy P. Loomis, a successful newspaper man and the present postmaster at Texico, N. M.; Frances C., born Aug. 18, 1888; and Benjamin B., born June 2, 1892. Mrs. Miller, the mother, now resides with her son, John B., at Bucklin.
John B. Miller completed his schooling at Eldorado, Kan., and there at the age of fourteen entered a printing office to master the printer's trade, serving four years as an apprentice. In 1905 he established the "Tri-County Index" at Manchester, Okla., which paper he published for one year. In 1906 he consolidated it with one at Medford, Okla., but sold that plant the following year and in 1910 became editor and part owner of the "Meade County News." Disposing of his interest there in July, 1911, he removed to Bucklin, Ford county, Kansas, where he became editor and proprietor of the "Bucklin Banner." This paper was established in 1894 and has a large circulation. Mr. Miller has already demonstrated to its readers his ability as a newspaper man and his purposes as an energetic and enterprising citizen, ambitious to add to the progress of the town he has adopted as his home, and to push the further development of Ford county. He is equipped with a modern printing plant and issues a paper that is independent in politics.
On June 17, 1903, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Miller and Miss Bertha M. Gaskill, of Mansfield, Mo., and they have two childrenEdmund Leo, born Dec. 1, 1905, and Lowell Gaskill, born Feb. 14, 1910.Pages 1454-1455 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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