The name of George L Miller has become as familiar to the present generation of Evansville people as a household word, being indissolubly associated in the mind of the public with a number of important enterprises, which have not only added to the city's growth, but have also placed comfortable homes within reach of the industrial classes, and have incidentally added to the projector's wealth. His career has been one of worth-while achievements, accomplished before their architect reached the age when slower minds are beginning to comprehend life's possibilities. Mr Miller was born at Evansville, August 16,1867, and is a son of Peter and Margaret ( Muth ) Miller. Peter Miller was born at Niederengelheim, Hesse, Germany, in 1828. And at the age of eighteen years came to the United States, settling at Evansville in an early day. He was active in business circles and in the work of the German Methodist church, and for years followed the trade of cabinetmaker. His death occured in 1894, while Mrs Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania, in 1840, died in 1882.
George L Miller had only a limited public school education, as he got only as far as the "Third Reader", although he was always clever at mathematics, something that has proven a big factor in his success. As a lad of fifteen years he learned the trade of iron moulder, which he followed until 1894, and in the meantime, when only nineteen years of age, stared out with a companion to see the world. Working their way, they traveled for five years, visiting various points in the United States, and also visited Europe and Alaska. Mr Miller has never lost his love of travel, and since the attainment of success has spent much time with his family in visiting points of interest, having made trips to California, Texas and Florida, and visiting the Canal Zone in 1911 when the canal was being built.
In 1894 Mr Miller resolved to devote himself to operations in realty. His methods of procedure were, at the time, novel, but they have proved successful beyond what might have been conceived at the outset. His plan has been to purchase and improve property, on which he has built homes for people in moderate circumstances, which the latter might purchase by payment in installments. Mr Miller is president of the Contractor's Association. He has made his own way in the world and is now one of the largest tax-payers of Evansville, and, as he is a great believer in land investments in the city, his property is principally in real estate. He is treasurer and a director in the Evansville Structural Supply Company and treasurer and a director in the Security Saving and Loan Association. He and his family are members of the Presbyterian church and in politics he is a Republican, but not an aspirant for public office.
November 23,1893, Mr Miller married Miss Mary Miller ( who was not related) , a daughter of William and Elizabeth ( Schaefer) Miller, natives of Germany and Early settlers of Evansville. Mr Miller crossed the plains to California during the "Days of 49" and was successful in his search for gold, but returned to Evansville, where he spent the balance of his life, and died in 1905, aged seventy-two years. Mrs Miller, who was active in the work of St John's church, passed away in 1887, aged forty-three years.
Mr and Mrs George L Miller are the parents of two sons: Sylvester L., born in 1894, a graduate of the public schools and Lockyear's Business Colledge, who is associated with his father in business, married Miss Corba Cox, of Petersburgh, Indiana and has one daughter, Mary Lou; and Elder L., born in 1896, a graduate from the same schools, and also associated with his father in business, who married Ester Schuler and has one son. Elder L Jr.