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    W. J. MILLER

    W. J. Miller, junior partner of the electrical contracting firm of Edward Miller Electric Company, at Troy, is a veteran of the great World war and one of those who bear upon their bodies the scars of wounds received in the fierce fighting of the bloody Argonne district. Mr. Miller was born at Troy, Ohio, a son of Floyd and Caroline (Siegel) Miller, the latter of whom belonged to a family of farming people well known at Troy. Floyd Miller, who was an agriculturist, passed his life in Miami county, where he won respect and esteem by his industry, integrity and good citizenship. He and his estimable wife were the parents of two sons: Edward, who founded the present electrical contracting business, and W. J. Miller received his primary educational training in the graded and high schools of Troy, and after his graduation from the latter became a student at Miami University. There he received his degree of Bachelor of Arts as a member of the graduating class of 1914, and at that time adopted the educator's profession. After teaching school for a short time he was made principal of the high school at Marseilles and Casstown, and also, from 1915 to 1916, served as city editor of the Troy Daily Record. May 29, 1917, he enlisted in Miami county Company A, of the One Hundred and Forty- eighth regiment, Thirty-seventh division, American Expeditionary Forces. He was trained at Camp Sheridan, where he was commissioned second lieutenant, December 27, 1917, and was promoted to first lieutenant at Camp Lee. He went overseas with the Thirty-seventh division and fought with that command until he fell seriously wounded during the fighting in the Argonne district, when he was wounded in five places by the bursting of a shell. After three days of treatment at a field hospital he was removed to a base; hospital, where he lay until recovered, and July 25, 1919, was honorably discharged, arriving home some time later. August 1, 1919 he entered partnership with his brother in the electrical contracting business at Troy, and this concern has been very successful and now controls a large, amount of valuable business. Mr. Miller was first post adjutant of Clifford Thompson Post, American Legion. He married Frances Wright, of Oxford, Ohio, who had taught school at Troy for four years, and who had likewise been a student at Miami University, her husband's Alma Mater. Mr. Miller is a member of Franklin Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.

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