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Harvey Miller 1832-1894


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 4/22/2011 at 01:19:35

Another Good Man Gone
Although Harvey Miller had not been a well man since the time of his dangerous sickness last January, the community was much surprised to hear last Saturday morning that this man so well known among us had a few hours before passed from earth. The immediate cause of his death was paralysis of the heart. The dying man’s wife, Dr. Salisbury and R. M. Barnhart were at the bedside when he peacefully breathed his last.

Mr. Miller had hundreds of friends in Emmet county. He was an honest man. We do not believe tht he ever intentionally injured any man. He has for years taken an active part in politics and has held the office of county supervisor for the district for the past nine years, being elected for three consecutive terms and this in face of the fact that he has always been overwhelmingly republican. He had the confidence of the common people. They believed in him. And we think that even his political enemies would not impute to him the slightest dishonesty or crookedness in official life. His aim was to work for the people’s interest. It was only a short time ago one bright afternoon that the writer was riding with Mr. Miller behind one of his favorite colts that he talked in the most hopeful spirits of his health and spoke with much enthusiasm of his political plans for the coming campaign. But now he has joined the great multitude where there is no politics and where his ever active mind may rest.

Harvey Miller was born June 17, 1832, Mercer county, Ohio. From there he came to Decorah, Iowa in 1858 where a few years later he enlisted in the 6th Iowa Cavalry. At the close of the war he located in Emmet county where he lived up to the time of his death. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church on Sunday, Rev. Cochran preaching the sermon, and were under the auspices of the Masonic order of which deceased was a member. The funeral was so largely attended that little more than half of those who came could get admission to the church. Many came from distant parts of the county. A wife and two married daughters survive Mr. Miller. (Northern Vindicator, Estherville, IA, May 31, 1894)

Harvey Miller Passes Away
At four o’clock Saturday morning Harvey Miller passed from this life. His last sickness was brief and it was not thought the end was near, but his former illness had sapped his strength and left him too weak to withstand another siege. He fought a good fight as he always did, whether on the field for his country, in civil life when questions of party were at issue, or for the rights of a friend. He succumbed only to the Grim Conqueror who has never known defeat.

The deceased was born in Ohio 61 years ago and when yet a young man moved to northwestern Iowa. He served through the war in the 6th Iowa cavalry and after the war was engaged for many years selling monuments through this region. Later he moved here, settling on a farm about twenty years ago. He was serving his ninth years as a member of the board of supervisors and was always a faithful and obliging official, doing his duty as he saw it. He leaves a widow and two married daughters to mourn him.

The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic fraternity, assisted by the G.A.R. post, the sermon being preached by Rev. Cochran of the M.E. church. The remains were interred in the west side cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends. (Emmet County Republican, Estherville, IA, May 31, 1894)

Soon after the death of Harvey Miller notice was received of the increase of his pension from $12 to $16 per month, and back pay to the amount of $300. Mrs. Miller will receive the $300 but not the $4 increase. (Emmet County Republican, Estherille, IA, June 7, 1894)


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