Herman H. Miller is the owner of a well cultivated farm in Plymouth township, where he is successfully engaging in the breeding and raising of thoroughbred Holstein cattle and also in dairying. He is one of the efficient native sons of Sheboygan county, his birth having occurred in Plymouth township on December 6, 1864.
His father, Henry Miller, was born in Germany on the 3rd of December, 1824, and there he was married in 1852, at the age of twenty-eight years, to Miss Dora Selk. They passed the early years of their domestic life in their native land, where their two eldest sons were born, but coming to the conclusion that America offered better opportunities, in 1857 they took passage for the United States. Sheboygan county was their destination and upon their arrival here they located in Plymouth township, where the father acquired a tract of government land. He diligently applied himself to clearing and improving his farm and for six years thereafter devoted himself exclusively to its cultivation. At the expiration of that time he disposed of his holding and invested the proceeds in a farm adjoining the town of Plymouth, upon which he resided until his death in 1894.
The mother is still living at the venerable age of eighty years and now makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Thiedeman. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Miller numbered eleven, but two of their children died in infancy. Those who lived to attain maturity were as follows: John M. and Fred C., both residents of this county; Henry, who passed away on the 9th of March, 1912, in North Dakota, where he had lived for more than thirty years; Emma, the wife of A. J. Walters, of this county; Ida, who married William Thiedeman, also a resident of this county; Herman H., the subject of this review; Charles, who lives in Sheboygan county; Lena, the wife of John Kruger, of Clear Lake, Wisconsin; and William P., also of this county.
The boyhood and youth of Herman H. Miller were passed in the vicinity where he now resides, his education being obtained in the common schools. After laying aside his text-books he followed the carpenter's trade for three years, but subsequently engaged in the general mercantile business in Plymouth, as a member of the firm of Harrington and Miller. Two years later he purchased eighty acres of land opposite his present farm and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He was thoroughly qualified to make a success of this undertaking as he had been trained in the practical methods of tilling the fields and caring for the crops by his father, who was a capable agriculturist. After cultivating this place for three years, Mr. Miller purchased the farm where he now resides from his father-in-law, and here since 1900 he has engaged in dairying and stock-raising. In his methods he is practical and energetic and as he has used intelligence and foresight in the development of his interests has met with a corresponding measure of success.
In 1886, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Roehr, a daughter of Robert and Christina (Metzner) Roehr, natives of Germany who emigrated to the United States prior to their marriage. The father was born in Saxony on the 27th of March, 1819, and there he was likewise reared and educated. He emigrated to the United States in 1851, coming direct to Sheboygan county where he was married on April 29, of that year, to Miss Metzner. Eleven children were born of this marriage as follows: Carl B.; Theckla, the wife of A. Koellmer; Gustave, who is a resident of Plymouth; Ida, who married Adolph Horstman, of Illinois; Julius, of Louisville, Kentucky; Edmund, a resident of Canada; Agnes, the wife of Carl Greise, of Chicago; Mrs. Miller; Lena, who married Henry Wick; Oscar, of this county; and Amanda, the wife of Frank Hardy, of Chicago.
To Mr. and Mrs. Miller there have been born three children: Alvin W., who was born on June 21, 1888, now engaged in stock-raising with his father; Ella, whose natal day was the 8th of May, 1891; and Laura, whose birth occurred on March 6, 1898. Alvin W. Miller, the son, owns four thoroughbred Holstein cattle, which are a present from his father and from which he intends to breed a herd to stock a farm of his own.
The family attend the Lutheran church, of which the parents are members, and the political allegiance of Mr. Miller is given to the republican party. He is a man who has utilized to the best of his ability every opportunity that has presented itself and through close concentration and careful management has achieved a commendable measure of success.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL