Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Miller, Edward P. 1845-1926 McDonough Obituary

Miller, Edward P. 1845-1926


Prominent and Esteemed Farmer of
McDonough Dies at Ripe Age on Home Farm

Edward P. Miller, for over half a century a resident of McDonough, died at his home on the Oxford-McDonough road, Friday February 26, following an illness of two months.
Mr. Miller was born in Mount Pleasant, Pa., March 17, 1845, son of James W. and Eliza Hall Miller. After receiving his education at the district school he went to work in the tannery at Aldenville, Pa., and later for the proprietor of the Allen hotel at Honesdale, Pa. For a time he was engaged in lumbering and made several trips on lumber rafts down the Delaware river.
When the “Midland” railway, now the O. & W., was under construction, he was foreman of a construction gang and was one of the passengers on the first train over the road to Oswego. After his father died, his mother removed to Norwich and on his first visit to her there he made the trip from Binghamton in the four-horse stage. Here he made the acquaintance of Miss Martha Lewis of Preston, who became his wife September 13, 1870. At this time he was employed on No. ten plain of the gravity railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale, Pa., on the Mossick mountains near Waymart, Pa.
In 1874 Mr. and Mrs. Miller took the farm known as the John Simpson place on Daniels Hill. For the past forty-eight years they lived on the farm near East McDonough, occupied by him and his youngest son, Elbert Miller.
Mr. Miller was a man whose integrity and business honor has never been questioned and the esteem in which he was held by his townspeople was shown by his election to local offices. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist church of East McDonough. He is survived by his wife and four of the six children born to them. His surviving daughters are Mrs. Hattie Lamb of McDonough, and Mrs. Fred Gale of Sidney, his sons, Tracy Miller and Elbert Miller of East McDonough.
Funeral service was held on March 1, conducted by Rev. Oliver L. Cooper. The body was placed in the vault in the cemetery at McDonough.

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