El Dorado County
JOHN L. MILLER
††††††††††† John L. Miller, a member of one of Eldorado countyís pioneer families, was for many years a successful merchant and rancher, but is now practically retired from active affairs, enjoying well earned leisure. He was born near Latrobe, Eldorado county, on the 13th of December, 1861, and is a son of James H. and Eliza (Ewing) Miller. The father crossed the plains in 1854, being followed later by the lady who afterward became his wife, and they were married at Spanish Creek. He conducted a general mercantile business at Spanish Camp, and later acquired land and engaged in the sheep business near Latrobe. In addition to these interests, he had the hotel at Latrobe, which in those days was the terminus of the railroad and was a busy and prosperous town. However, after the railroad line was extended on west, the importance of the town diminished, as did its population and volume of business. Mr. Miller died in 1889 and was survived many years by his widow, whose death occurred in 1920. They became the parents of six children, five of whom are living, [sic]
††††††††††† John L. Miller, the only son, attended the public school at Latrobe and as soon as old enough became his fatherís assistant in the management of his various interests. The father moved to Sacramento, and later to Oakland, where his death occurred. Two years previous to the departure of his father, John L. Miller had taken charge of the property and continued to carry on the store and ranch until 1925, when he sold the former and leased the latter and, after the death of his wife, came to Shingle Springs, where he is occupied in looking after his interests.
††††††††††† Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Mary Etta Barton, a member of an old pioneer family, now deceased. Mr. Miller is a democrat in politics and has always taken a helpful interest in local public affairs, though never a candidate for office. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he is fond of the mountains and of camping. Everywhere he is held in high esteem by those who know him.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 15 May 2010.
© 2010 Marie Hassard..