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John LehMiller


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21. Jacob F. LEHMILLER

                      - History of Stark County, Ohio -                                     page 793

. . . Jacob F. LehMiller: The careers of few merchants in Stark County present more interesting and instructive features than that of Jacob F. LehMiller, who many years ago started to sell from a small stock of goods at North Industry and by one enlargement after another, by working constantly to supply the need of the community in which his store is a center, he has built up an enterprise which now constitutes the largest general store outside the cities of the county.

His family was established in Stark County many years ago, but Mr. LehMiller himself was born on a farm in Whitley County, Indiana, November 04, 1859, a son of Anthony and Mary (Salesman) LehMiller. Anthony Lehmiller was born in a district of France, but when about four years of age was brought by his father, John Lehmiller, to the United States. The family settled in Magnolia, Sandy Township of Stark County, where John Lehmiller was a farmer until his death. Anthony LehMiller grew up in Sandy Township and in early manhood moved out to Indiana, and located in Whitley County, where he was a progressive farmer until shortly after the close of the Civil War, when he returned to Stark County.


Following the death of his wife, (Mary Salesman) in 1876 Anthony again left Stark County, and spent the rest of his years in Iowa where he died in 1914. His wife was a native of Switzerland, and came when a young girl with her parents to the United States. They settled in Dayton and later in Cincinnati, Ohio, and finally moved to Whitney County, Indiana, where she married Anthony LehMiller. Her death occurred in 1876 at North Industry in Canton Township. (Notes by DelC - Census records indicate his wife May Salesman was born in H. DARMS, France / Germany, as were her parents)

Six years of age when the family returned to Stark County, Jacob F. LehMiller was soon introduced to the practical responsibilities of life. He did what he could on the home farm, attended school at limited intervals, and had a thorough experience as a coal miner, having been employed for the greater part of twelve years in the local mines, beginning when he was about nine years of age. At the age of twenty-two he married and soon afterward established a small retail grocery store at North Industry. The value of his first stock was only $200 or $300, and it was housed in a store 16x20 feet, the building being situated across the street from his present large emporium. Probably the primary factor in his success has been his close and strict attention to business. His trade increased from year to year until by 1881 it was necessary to secure larger quarters. At that time he built a portion of his present store, a building on a foundation 18x30 feet.


Subsequently he added another room 40x52 feet, and the next step in the expansion was the construction of a building 24x36 feet in the rear of the other store room. Still later he constructed an addition 18x30 feet in the rear of the first store. Besides these large building additions he was from time to time enlarging his stock, which was at first groceries, but he now handles a large and varied assortment of general merchandise, and also feed supplies, lime and cement. For several years his annual trade represents a volume of $40,000, and in 1915 the aggregate sales will probably reach $60,000. He employs four . . .

36. Hazel E. LEHMILLER

In the 1920 census, 33 year old Hazel Lehmiller lived with the family of her widowed brother Jay (30). Hazel was employed as a housekeeper in a private home. Also living in the house were Jay's three children, Hazel's father, Jacob, and her siblings Ruth and Karl.

26. Dora Bell LEHMILLER

Funeral For Mrs. Emil (LehMiller) Miller To be Today
(Walnut Grove, Redwood County, Minnesota)

Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Emil Miller at 2 o’clock at the Methodist Church in Walnut Grove, and interment will be made in the Walnut Grove cemetery. Dora died Monday. Sept 24, 1945

The pallbearers will be Anton Janssen, Peter Goss, Clarence Munson, Henry Flesner, Hugho Dallenbach, and Frank Nelson.

Mrs. Dora Miller, a resident of this county for the past 22 years, died at the University Hospital at 8:45 a. m. Monday. Oscar A. Hanson drove to Minneapolis Monday for the body.

Dora Bell Lahmiller was born on March 20th, 1878, in Wright County, Indiana. In July of the same year her parents moved to Eureka Center, Adair County, Iowa. In August, 1895, her mother and the children moved to Anita, Cass County, Iowa.

On Apr11 28, 1897, she was married to Emil A. Miller at Anita, Iowa. Six children were born to them, four sons and two daughters. One daughter died at birth, and one son, Claire Orvill Miller, passed away on June 2O, 1939.

On March 1, 1915, the family moved to Madison county, Iowa, and on March 1, 1923, the family came to Walnut Grove, Redwood county, Minnesota.

Her father was Anthony Lahmiller, who was born in France. Her mother’s maiden name was Frances A. Griffith or Grifferty, who was born In Indiana.

Mrs. Miller is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Benjamin M. Trout, and by three sons, Fred, Elmore and George Miller; and by 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Miller died on June 26, 1943, at his home in Gales twp


Betty's first husband, Harold, was her first cousin, son of Dora (Lehmiller) Miller. He died of T.B. in 1955. Betty was a seamstress and liked to knit and croquet.

Jesse (Jess) Grant CLARK

Jesse died as the result of a dynamite explosion while blowing out tree stumps, which was witnessed by two of his son's Bob and Jim. He died 13 days later from his injuries. (Unofficial version: He was dynamiting fish in the river and the dynamite had a fast fuse)

Family folklore says: While Jesse and his family were in route to relocate, from Adair County, IA., to some point in western NE or KS, they were crossing the Missouri River, from Aspenswell, MO. to St. DeRoin NE., on a ferry when one of their two oxen was pitched into the river and was lost. Upon searching for the oxen they found it deceased and washed up on a sandy waste bar on the NE. side of the river, just south of the Indian Cave. Thus, not being able to travel any further with just one ox, they took up residence on the waste bar, which later became known as Clark Island. That waste bar in 2002 is the most valuable farm land in the state, selling upwards of 3K and acre, if it was for sale.

Census 1900 Census for Richardson County, NE., Barada Precinct, lists Jesse Clark as head of household, with wife Delia and son James, born May 1900 in NE.  Jasper Clark is listed, next door as head of household, 33 yoa, born Iowa, with his mother, Elizabeth, 61 yoa, born Iowa.

Newspaper Article:  Anita Tribune Thursday March 8 1906 - the infant child Almeda, born June 3, 1904, d. 1 yr 9 mos daughter of Mr and Mrs Jesse Clark died at the home of J. P. Jones Sunday and was buried Monday in the Everegreen Cemetery in Anita - the services being held at the M E Church.

Note by DelC:  Apparently, Jesse and his family moved to NE prior to 1900, moved back to IA prior to 1906 and then moved back to NE about 1915.

49. Gladys Luella CLARK

Gladys was always a hard worker and died while working in her garden. She had a large strawberry and raspberry patch till the day she died. She had ESP and seemed to always know when someone was coming to visit.

Aramatha, a sister to Gladys's husband, had three sets of twins, Pearl and Earl, Lorene and Geraldine, and died giving birth to twins that were both still born. Lorene and Geraldine were then raised by Gladys for several years, until they returned to live with there father.

Gladys and her sister, Annetta, married Cochran brothers, Samuel and Franklin.

Samuel White COCHRAN

Samuel was a hard worker all his life. At 75 years of age, he could still outwork his 18-year-old son.

Sammuel and his brother, Frank, married Clark sisters, Gladys and Annetta.

50. Russell Grant CLARK

Russell was an ironworker for years, until he was killed in a fall from the Dalles Dam in 1955. When he was 18 yrs old, he was in on a bank robbery in Nemaha, Ne., was caught and spent time in prison. Legend has it, he was floating down the Missouri River, holding onto a log, while lawmen were shooting at him. Don't guess they hit him. He later served in the armed service. He never married

52. Frieda CLARK

Freida was an excellent seamstress, worked in Falls City as a taxi driver, and in the shipyards during WWII at Portland OR. She never married. She had a great sense of humor.  One of her favorite things would be to tie a gunnysack on the spoke of the tire rim/wheel of her Model-T. Then she would drive down the country road and watch the dogs as they chased her car and caught hold of the gunnysack as it flopped in the air. The dog's would bite at the gunnysack, their teeth would get caught in the sack and the dogs would go rolling. (Never ever hurt any of the dogs - maybe weakened some of their teeth) It was said, she set the schoolhouse on fire in rural Barada, because she was expelled from the sixth grade.

53. Robert (Bob) Paul CLARK Clark

Bob liked to hunt, especially bear and deer. He witnessed a dynamite explosion that resulted in the death of his father. He was a well driller, and supervisor on a Pile Driving crew most of his life. He played the fiddle, and was one of a few remaining square dance callers.

Pearl May OUSLEY

Pearl was the twin sister of Earl Faye Ousley, who died at birth. She loved kids and was always babysitting. She liked sewing and gardening.

55. Ida Lenora CLARK

Ida, was a great seamstress & quilt maker. Her father wanted a boy when she was born, so he nick named her Mike. Ida and sister, Ilah, herded 79 head of cattle from Barada to Clark Island on horseback, a distance of about 8 miles.

John (Tiny) William THOMPSON

John, "Tiny", was a pile driver, and restaurant owner. He was a good cook. He made up a song called Old Blue. He taught pile driving at Portland Community College. He had typhoid fever as a child.

56. Betty CLARK

Betty's first husband, Harold, was her first cousin, son of Dora (Lehmiller) Miller. He died of T.B. in 1955. Betty was a seamstress and liked to knit and croquet.

59. Annetta (Blanch) CLARK

Annetta and her sister, Gladys, married Cochran brothers, Samuel and Franklin.

Franklin (Frank) Millard COCHRAN

Franklin and his brother, Samuel, married Clark sisters, Annetta and Gladys.

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