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1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

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fully conducted (except stock), at this time owning the only elevator in the town. On April 15, 1889, he received the appointment of postmaster at Colo, the duties of which office he is at present efficiently discharging. He is a stanch Republican in politics, at all times supporting the men and measures of that party, and has been honored by his constituents with several offices of trust and responsibility since his residence here. He is one of the foremost citizens of Colo, and ever since coming to this town he has been identified with its best interests. He and wife are both members of the German Baptist Church, and take an active interest in all church work. Their wedded life has been blessed with four children: Harry, Frank, Guy and Eda. Mr. Miller was born in Somerset County, Penn., in 1842, and is a son of Gabriel and Harriet (Dively) Miller. He belongs to J. B. Steadman Post No. 238, G. A. R., at Colo.

J. A. Mills is the popular and efficient treasurer of Story County, Iowa, a position he has filled by re-election ever since 1881, having held the office of deputy treasurer from 1876 up to that date. It is but saying the truth when the statement is made that no more capable man for the position could be found than Mr. Mills, and during a period of fourteen years spent in the treasurer's office he has proven himself the soul of honor, is popular with all, kind and courteous in his intercourse with his fellow-men, and is faithful and conscientious in the discharge of his duties. He was born in Livingston County, Ill., December 4, 1854, and in the fall of 1856 was brought by his parents to Cedar County, Iowa, but three years after was taken back to Illinois. In 1872 he came to Story County, Iowa, and here he has since made his home. On the 26th of October, 1881, his marriage to Miss Minnie Alderman was consummated. She was born in this county on the 12th of June, 1860, a daughter of T. E. and Hannah (Reynolds) Alderman, and is now acting as her husband's deputy, a position she has filled for the past four years. They are at present residing in the house in which she was born, and are among the highly esteemed residents of the town of Nevada. Mr. Mills has always been a firm Republican in his political views, is a Mason, belonging to Nevada Lodge No. 99, 3 X 3 Chapter No. 92, Ex-Calibar Commandery No. 13 at Boone. He also belongs to the K. of P., Sampson Lodge No. 77. Mr. Mills is the fourth of ten children born to his father's second marriage, the names of his parents being J. C. and Eliza (Adams) Mills, natives of the " Buckeye State," the former born May 29, 1822, and the latter born February 27, 1823, both being residents at the present time of Lamar, Mo. The paternal grandfather was Daniel Mills, a native of Virginia, who died in Livingston County, Ill., at about the age of eighty-seven years, he being one of the early settlers of that State.

Rotheus Hayward Mitchell is one of the old settlers of Story County, Iowa, having come here in the month of April, 1856. He was born in Lyme, Grafton County, N. H., January 4, 1823, being a son of Horatio G. and Mary (Ames) Mitchell, who were born in Bridgewater, Mass., and Groton, N. H., December 17, 1787, and October 6, 1794, respectively. Their marriage took place December 11, 1817, in Lyme, N. H., the former having moved there with his father about 1791. He made that State his home until 1836, when he removed with his family to Parishville, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., where he died on the 3d of April, 1867, his wife dying the 10th of May following. Horatio G. Mitchell was the third son of Rotheus Mitchell, who was born in Bridgewater, Mass., in 1755, and was married there, in 1783, to Miss Hepzibah Hayward,

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