Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JACOB H. MILLER is not only one
of the pioneers of Wenatchee, Chelan county, but the earliest settler to
advance the building enterprises of the valley. As a builder and
contractor he has, probably, erected more edifices in this vicinity than
any other man.
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, is his birthplace,
the date of the event being September 27, 1866. His father, Joseph
P. Miller is a native of Germany, his mother, Elizabeth (Deach) Miller,
is a Pennsylvanian. In early years the father was a coal miner, but
for thirty years he was in the hotel business. He now resides in
Wenatchee. The parents of the wife and mother of our subject were
Germans. At present she is living with her son.
Jacob H. Miller was reared in Pennsylvania,
and was graduated from the Mahanoy City high school at the age of fifteen
years. Four years thereafter he worked at the bottling business,
and learned the trade of a carpenter. In March, 1886, he came to
Wenatchee, where he joined his uncles, Philip and John, the latter since
deceased. With his brother he purchased one hundred and sixty acres
of land, fenced and broke the same, sowed alfalfa, and placed five acres
in an orchard. Leaving the property in charge of his brother, Mr.
Miller, went to Ellensburg and worked at the carpenter's trade for one
year. Thence he went to Bellingham Bay, in the bottling business,
and later returned to Wenatchee. Here, on November 26, 1891, he was
married to Elnora B. Brown, sister of Noah N. and George Brown, mentioned
elsewhere in, this volume. She died at Wenatchee, December 31, 1901,
leaving two children, Stillman H. and George F., school boys, living at
Mr. Miller has four brothers and five sisters,
Joseph, Edward, Peter, Frank, deceased, Elvina, Elizabeth, Catherine, May
and Annie, the last two deceased. Catherine resides with our subject.
The fraternal affiliations of Mr. Miller are quite extensive. He
is a member of the A. F. & A. M., the R. A. M., the 0. E. S., the A.
0. U. W., the Degree of Honor, and the Commercial and Diamond "C " Clubs.
He has been Master Workman of the A. 0. U. W. He has been a member
of the Wenatchee city council two years, and was recently re-elected.
He is also president of the Springhill Irrigation Company. He owns
the residence where he lives, on Wenatchee avenue, one block from the business
section, and forty acres of excellent farming land. Mr. Miller is
a broad-minded, progressive, public-spirited citizen, and one who has won
a host of friends in the community.
Mr. Miller is joint owner, and manager of
the Wenatchee Warehouse Company. They have a commodious brick warehouse,
fifty by one hundred feet and do a large cold and warm storage business.
The Wenatchee Bottling Works are also in their building.