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.
SOLOMON H. MILLER. The
beautiful and substantial residence of Mr. Miller is about three miles
northeast from Harrington and is one of the choice places of the county.
The broad acres of a large farm surround and the entire estate is one of
great value and productive of large returns annually. Mr. Miller
has about one section producing wheat and the excellent buildings, orchards,
and other improvements combine to make all attractive and comfortable.
The residence is of eight rooms exclusive of bath and closets and is provided
with hot and cold water and all other modern conveniences. A first
class water system supplies the life giving fluid to all parts of the grounds
needed and the entire premises speak forth the thrift and taste of the
Solomon H. Miller was born in Marion county,
Ohio, on January 6, 1859, the son of Jacob and Matilda Miller. The
father was born in Pennsylvania, where his ancestors were early pioneers,
and they also fought in the Revolution. The mother was also born
in the Keystone state and she traces her ancestry to Germany as well as
does her husband. Our subject was trained in the schools of Fayette
county, Illinois, and in 1880, went to Iowa and later to Dakota.
In the fall of 1882, he made his way on out west, and in due time located
in Cheney. For a few months he worked for wages and had opportunity
to look over the country. Being impressed with the fertility and
advantages of the Big Bend, Mr. Miller in the fall of 1882 chose a pre-emption
where he now lives. Later he filed a homestead right on it and then
commenced the hard pull to open up a farm in this wild country. For
years he labored along, scarcely seeing any progress until 1897, when he
was prospered excellently and soon accumulated his present fine holding.
In November, 1893, Mr. Miller married Miss
Susan, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Pfrender, and a native of Switzerland.
The parents are now both deceased. Mrs. Miller came to the United
States when she was young. In 1890, she went to Pennsylvania and
in 1893, she landed in Lincoln county. To this marriage two children
have been born, Wesley W. and Hulda F. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are both
members of the Evangelical church and have always taken an active interest
in church work. At the present time, Mr. Miller is superintendent
of the Sunday school and is an active promoter of all movements that are
for the welfare of the community. Mr. and Mrs. Miller labored very
hard for the first twelve years of their stay in this county and many hardships
and much self-denial were theirs to endure. However they surmounted
it all and now are reaping the due reward of their industry.