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    Preston H. Miller, who has been identified with business affairs at Tippecanoe City since 1883, and since 1912 has been the proprietor of a paint, wall paper and music house, was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, July 13, 1852, a son of Richard and Mary Ann (Weaver) Miller. The Miller family is one which has an excellent military record. Mr. Miller's grandfather was a soldier during the War of 1812, and five of his sons fought in the Civil war. Richard Miller was a volunteer in the Thirty-fifth regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three years during the struggle between the North and the South. At the close of the war he returned to Montgomery county, Ohio, where he passed the rest of his life in agricultural pursuits. One of a family of eight children, Preston H. Miller secured his education in the public schools of Butler township, Montgomery county, and at Bethel, and worked on the home farm with his father until he was twenty-five years of age. In 1883 be came to Tippecanoe City and began working as a painter and decorator, a line which he followed without cessation for more than a quarter of a century. In 1912 Mr. Miller opened his present business establishment, where he deals in paints, oils, wall paper and music, and has built up a large and profitable business. Mr. Miller's first marriage was to Laura, daughter of Samuel Sullivan, of Tippecanoe City, and to this union there was born one son, Lawrence, now an electrician at Seattle, Wash. During the World war, Lawrence Miller was engaged in Government work as an electrician at the Washington navy yard. Mr. Miller's present wife was formerly Sarah Jane, daughter of Lewis Franch, of Montgomery county, and to this union there were born four children: Lewis, Robert, Everett, and Edna, the wife of Waldo Weaver, of Franklin, Ohio. Lewis Miller volunteered in the Third Ohio regiment during the World war, as a mechanic in the, air service, and saw overseas service in France. Robert Miller was also with the Third Ohio regiment, Thirty-seventh division, went overseas to France, where he remained nine months, and was one of the first to enter Belgium with the victorious American forces. During the bloody fighting on the Argonne front he volunteered for the highly dangerous and important duty of courier, and while thus engaged was shell-shocked and gassed. Lewis and Robert Miller are now associated with their father in business at Tippecanoe City. Everett Miller volunteered in the regular army and served on the Mexican border for six months, after which he obtained his discharge from that branch of the service and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During the remainder of the war period be was stationed at San Domingo. Since receiving his, honorable discharge he has been in charge of a store at Lansing, Mich. The sons of Mr. Miller have thus maintained the splendid military record of the family, and are all young men who are energetic and progressive, and who are highly popular in their several communities. Mr. Miller is a citizen who has always contributed his share to the betterment and advancement of his community, and whose integrity in business affairs has won him the respect and confidence of those with whom he has been associated.

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