Galena Weekly Gazette
July 30, 1896


Frank F. Miller died at his home in Hanover early Thursday morning, Oct. 26, 1917. For over a year he had been in poor health, but was able to continue at work; and it was not until a few months ago that the serious nature of his illness became apparent. He had been confined to his bed only about three weeks preceding his death.

Frank Fowler Miller was the oldest son of Robert and Emily Miller, both deceased, and was born Nov. 19, 1864 on a farm four miles west of Hanover. At the time of his death he was within a few weeks of his 53 birthday.

His whole life was lived in this community. When he was six or seven years of age his parents moved to a farm two miles southwest of Hanover which became their home. Here, on the home farm, he grew to manhood, and after the death of his father, which took place when Frank was sixteen years of age, the burden of responsibility to a large extent rested upon him.

Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Eleanor Phillips, July 3, 1890. He continued farming for a few years and then moved to Hanover where he resided until the time of his death. Seven years ago he purchased the Hanover Bakery which he operated, in partnership with his son, until the time of his death.

Mr. Miller was a quiet, industrious man. He lived an upright life and in all relations of life was kindly considerate of others. In business he was courteous and obliging. Mr. Miller was widely known and well liked. He has left a good name to his posterity and will be held in affectionate remembrance by his many relatives and a wide circle of friends. In early life he became a member of the First Presbyterian church of which his parents were charter members.

Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss, one son, Robert Leslie who was associated with his father in business and two daughters, Florence La Salle who is teaching school in Fairdale, N. D. and Eleanor White of the Sophomore class of the Hanover High School. Also three sisters: Miss Hattie, Mrs. J. D. Calvert of Hanover, and Mrs. Thos. McGregor of Dubuque, Ia.; and two brothers; George E. of El Dorado, Kan. and Chas. W., of Dillon Mont.

The funeral service conducted by Rev. S. M. Host, assisted by Rev. McBride, was held at the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28 at 2 o'clock. The church was filled to overflowing. The music was rendered by a male quartet consisting of H. White, Wesley Eastman, Wallace Calvert, and Lester Duell. The following young men, Austin, Raymond and John Phillips, Wallace Harold Calvert and Park Miller, relatives of the deceased, acted as pall bearers.

There were many beautiful floral tributes; interment was made in the Hanover Cemetery. The family have the sympathy of the whole community in their bereavement.

The following relatives from out of town attended: George E. Miller, El Dorado, Kan.; Rev. Thos. McGregor, wife and son, Dubuque, Ia; W. A. Phillips and three sons, Savanna; Miss Mary Dawson, Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hammond and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Parker, Stockton; Harold Calvert, Camp Grant.

Submitted by Jane Garrison Ward
[Note from Jane Garrison Ward: I have transcribed the obituary of my great-grandfather (mother's maternal grandfather), Frank Fowler Miller. The obituary was found in the Miller Family bible, which I inherited from my mother. My mother, Mary Marcum Garrison was the daughter of William A. Marcum and Florence LaSalle Miller. Florence was the daughter of Frank F. Miller and Eleanor Phillips, of Hanover, Illinois. My mother spoke of summer visits from her home town (Centrailia, Illinois) to Hanover to visit her grandmother at the bakery. Since he died before she was born in 1921, I am assuming that her grandmother continued operating it with her son after Frank Miller's death.]