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Frank M. Miller 1856-1905


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 4/22/2011 at 00:22:31

The Whole City Mourns
Death of Frank M. Miller
The end of another life has been reached. Another of natureís noblemen has passed beyond this vale of tears in the person of Frank M. Miller, whose death occurred Saturday, November 11th, after a long illness of typhoid fever complicated with pneumonia. This untimely death of one so well known and so well beloved has caused a sorrow deep and universal in this city, which was his home for so many years.

The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon. Rev. Richard Ellerby, of Grace Episcopal church, who conducted the services, preached a very touching and timely sermon. The services at the grave in Oak Hill cemetery were conducted by the Masonic fraternity and a large delegation of Masons, Knights of Pythias and Elks were in the line of march to the cemetery. The pall bearers were A. C. Brown, M. J. Groves, J. H. Griffith, J. B. Duxbury, O. D. Barnum, K. Faltsison, E. I. Sondrol and E. B. Hall. The guard of honor from the Knights Templar, in uniform, were F. H. Morrison, A. O. Myhre, J. J. Ports, P. E. Narey, Homer Lovesee, Robít Hamilton, William Tweedy and C. M. Brown. The funeral procession was the largest and most imposing gathering of the kind every held in the city.

Frank M. Miller was born in Anamosa, July 9, 1856. For a number of years he made his home in Jones county and was married at Martelle December 25, 1877 to Miss Emma Newman. Two sons and two daughters, with their mother, survive him. They are Monte G., Cleve, Leda and Mabel.

During the long span of twenty years that he made this city his home his influence in the business and social life of the city was well and helpfully felt. He was a carpenter, builder and contractor and many of the fine residence and business blocks in this city are the work of his craft as a builder and his art as a designer. He was prominently identified with the civic guild of the city and was a member of the Masons, Knights of Pythias, B.P.O.E. and Woodmen of the World and in the last named society he carried a life insurance of $2,000. June 4, 1892,he was initiated a member of the Blue Lodge, passed July 16th following, and raised next October 2nd. Through his efforts Jeptha Chapter was instituted here in 1899 and during the years since then he climbed the rounds to an honored height in the Masonic edifice. He was made a Knight Templar in January 1894 and had also attained to the Mystic Shrine degree. In this great fraternity he held many offices and every duty he filled with unswerving loyalty and an ability that commanded appreciation from his brethren. He was one of the best known men in Emmet county, bit hearted and generous in every sense. His charity and benevolence wre of the unostentatious kind; the passport to his generosity was mere necessity and his ambition to do good was as great as he was physically large. Nothing is now left of him but a memory and to his eternal honor be it said that to every trust he was faithful and to every friend he was true and with every man he was just and generous. No better proof of his unselfish nature need to be cited here than to say that it was in the performance of an act of benevolence for a friend upon whom the hand of death was heavily laid that was the occasion of the illness which caused his death and as it can be truthfully said of him that he [remainder unreadable] Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, November 15, 1905)


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