GENERAL HOUSTON MILLER. - Wyandotte county is especially fortunate in having been settled up by an industrious, thrifty class of men, who, while looking carefully after their individual interests, were also mindful of the welfare of the community in which they located. Prominent among the early settlers of Bonner Springs was General Houston Miller, late of Bonner Springs, who was for many years one of the foremost agriculturists of this part of the county. He was born in 1853, in Kentucky, and died on his home farm in Wyandotte county, Kansas, February 10, 1903, while yet in the prime of life.
Migrating to Missouri when seventeen years old, he worked as a farm hand in Platte county for a number of years, by industry and economy accumulating some money. Desirous of obtaining good land, he came to Wyandotte county, Kansas in 1881, and purchased the land now owned and occupied by his widow and children, and was here prosperously engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death. His farm contains two hundred and seventy-six acres of valuable land, and is now managed by his widow and his sons, John H. and Thomas J. Miller, who are carrying on general farming and stock raising quite extensively. They also own eighty acres of good land in Prairie township, Wyandotte county.
General Houston Miller married Melissa Coleman, a native of Kentucky, which was likewise the birthplace of her parents, neither of whom are now living. Nine children blessed their union, namely: Claudia, Thomas; John H., who assists his mother in the management of the farm, taking upon himself all responsibility in regard to its work; Pearl; Albert, now teaching school; Willie; Hubert; Goldie; and Robin. Mrs. Miller and her family belong to the Methodist church. John H. Miller is a young man of much ability and enterprise, and is ably continuing the improvements previously inaugurated by his father. He raises cattle to some extent, and is now preparing to embark in the raising of fancy stock on a more extended scale, being quite interested in that branch of farming. He is a Democrat in politics and fraternally is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp No. 4202.
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