Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
AARON MILLER lives eight miles
northwest from Sprague, on Crab Creek. His home is a seven-room house
of modern architectural design, elegantly furnished and beautifully situated
in a very choice valley. It is supplied with pure spring water and
surrounded with barns, outbuildings, and other improvements. The
estate consists of eight hundred acres of grain land and his wife has two
hundred and forty acres in her own name. The whole farm is very skillfully
handled and Mr. Miller is to be congratulated as one of the most progressive
and energetic farmers in this portion of Washington. He has accumulated
all this property since the panic of 1893, which shows remarkable ability.
He is a genial, whole souled man, who has won and retained the friendship
of all who know him. His entire career shows his uprightness and
progression and he is a typical American farmer.
Aaron Miller was born in Branch county, Michigan,
on November 14, 1846, the son of James and Polly (Heimbaugh) Miller, natives
of Pennsylvania. The father died in 1889 and the mother is now living
near Portland, Oregon, at the age of eighty-four. Aaron received
his training from the common schools then attended a college at Ontario,
Indiana. He resided on a farm and remained with his parents until
twenty-four years of age then farmed for himself in Michigan until 1872
when he journeyed to Kansas. Later, we find him in Contra Costa county,
California, farming, and in 1884 he came to Lincoln county. In the
spring of 1885, he settled near where he now lives and since that time,
has been continuously employed in stock raising and general farming in
this part of the county. Mr. Miller has four sisters, Mrs. Melissa
Heinbaugh, deceased, Mrs. Mary Sharp, Mrs. Adaline Stephens, and Mrs. Rhoda
In 1870, Mr. Miller married Miss Ellen Green,
who died on March 15, 1882. On December 31, 1893, Mr. Miller married Mrs.
Drusilla Thompson, the daughter of William and Phoebe (Greenstreet) Ward,
natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively. The father died in
1876 and the mother in 1887. Mrs. Miller has the following brother
and sisters, Mrs. Martha Chastine, John Ward, and Hannah Ward.
Mr. Miller has the following named children, Fred, James, Mrs. Mabel Thompson,
and Mrs. Mary Green. Mrs. Miller has the following named children
by her former husband, Mrs. Martha L. Harding, William B., Mrs. Georgia
Miller, and Mrs. Agnes Thompson.
Mrs. Miller belongs to the Ladies of the Maccabees.
Mr. Miller has given each child a farm and in all his career has shown
himself a generous and public spirited man.