Jacob F. Miller, who is engaged in general agricultural pursuits in the vicinity of Rhine, is a worthy representative of Sheboygan county's pioneer settlers. His birth occurred on the farm where he is now residing, on the 27th of April, 1858. His father, Frederick Miller, was born, reared and married in Germany, his natal day being the 8th of December, 1818. He emigrated to the United States in 1851, first locating in Buffalo, New York. Sixteen months later he continued his journey westward, Sheboygan county being his destination. Upon his arrival here he bought forty acres of land in the vicinity of Rhine, and after making the necessary improvements settled there with his family, and diligently applied himself to the further improvement and cultivation of his farm during the remainder of his active life. He passed away on the 6th of December, 1889. His children numbered five, four sons and one daughter, together with one adopted daughter, Sophia, all of whom were reared in the faith of the Evangelical church in which the parents held membership.
The entire life of Jacob F. Miller has been passed amid the scenes of his boyhood days. At the usual age he began his education in the district schools, and while engaged mastering the common branches was qualifying himself for an agricultural career by assisting his father with the work of the fields and care of the crops. After laying aside his text-books he gave his entire time and attention to the work of the home farm, of which he subsequently became the owner.
On the 13th of January, 1881, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Mary Bub, a daughter of Jacob Bub. The father was a native of Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States in the early '50s and located on a farm in the vicinity of Rhine and there he reared his family, consisting of six daughters and one son. Mr. Bub, who was a member of the Evangelical church, passed away on the 6th of July, 1875. To Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been born the following children: John, a machinist, who is married and lives at Chilton, Wisconsin; Fred, who is married, living at Elkhart Lake, this state, where he is engaged in buying stock; Jacob, a machinist, who lives at Chilton, this state; Emma, who is twenty-one years of age, living at home; Laura, who is nineteen, working at Sheboygan; Thomas, a youth of sixteen; Benjamin, who is thirteen; and David, a lad of nine. The last three are all living at home.
The family are members of the Evangelical church and in politics Mr. Miller is a democrat. He has at various times been called to public office, having served as town clerk for ten years, beginning his duties in 1883. He was chairman of the town board for five years and also held the office of county clerk from 1893-95, when a political land slide made the county republican. At present he serves as chairman of the county board. Mr. Miller is highly thought of in his community, where he has passed his entire life and is known to be absolutely reliable and trustworthy in all of his transactions.
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