This industrious farmer is a man whose example of thrift and wisdom is worthy to be copied by any who would desire to follow the path of progression and success. He, in partnership with his brothers, Solomon and Burt, operates his farm, lying three and one-half miles west from Gifford.

Samuel K. Miller was born in Ray County, Missouri, on June 5, 1870 being the son of Abraham and Sarah (Benedict) Miller. The father was born in Ohio and now lives near Albion, Washington, aged sixty-two. His parents, natives of Pennsylvania, were of German descent. He enlisted in the Union army in Virginia and served three years and nine months. He was under General Custer and other generals, participated in both battles of Bull Run and many others besides skirmishes. He came to the coast in 1890, from Kansas, accompanied by our subject, where they had lived for twelve years. The mother of Samuel K. was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, was married there and is now living at Albion, aged sixty-two. She has four brothers who served in the Civil war for three years each, George, Albert, Samuel and John. Samuel K., our subject, was raised in Missouri and Kansas, receiving a common schooling and in 1890 came to Whitman County with his father. He ranched for two years and then took a trip to California, where he worked on various ranches for two years and then returned to Washington.

It was in 1898 that he came to his present place and filed. Since then in company with his brothers mentioned, he has devoted himself to general farming and raising stock. They have the farm well improved, and are fast bringing it under cultivation. A good orchard, fences, and buildings are among some of the improvements that their labors have provided. Mr. Miller has six brothers and one sister, Solomon and Burt, with our subject; Abraham and Jesse, with their parents; John E., in Alberta, Canada, mining; Robert, at Albion; Georgia, wife of Charles Reed, a mill engineer in Albion.

Mr. Miller has never seen fit to allow himself to be lured from the quiet pleasures and comforts of a life of celibacy. He and his brothers are men of integrity, honor and capabilities and receive the esteem and respect of the entire community.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903