Miller, Henry, 1827-1916

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Birth 1827-07-21
Death 1916-10-14

Biographical notes:

Large-scale cattle rancher from Calif., who owned ranches in Calif., Oregon, and Nevada, in partnership with Charles Lux, of Miller & Lux.

From the description of Henry Miller letter : San Francisco, Calif., to Mr. and Mrs. Otto : ALS, 1877 Feb. 24. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122550223

Rancher; proprietor, with Charles W. Lux, of Miller & Lux, a company dominant in the wholesale and packaged meat business in California for 75 years.

From the description of Papers of Henry Miller, 1880-1965 1909-1915. (California State University, Fresno). WorldCat record id: 43961338


Henry Miller was born Heinrich Alfred Kreiser in Brackenheim, Germany in 1827. At the age of eighteen, he left Germany and after a few years of working in England, had saved enough for his fare to the United States. In 1850, he changed his name and moved from New York to San Francisco. Miller soon found employment at a butcher's shop and within a few years he had his own business. In 1857 Miller and Charles W. Lux formed Miller & Lux, a cattle ranch company which was dominant in the wholesale and packaged meat business in California for seventy-five years. Even after the death of Lux, Miller managed to expand the business until his own death in 1916. Miller's family managed to keep the company going after his death until it finally folded in 1964.

From the guide to the Henry Miller Papers, 1880, 1909-1917, 1964-1965, (bulk 1909-1915), (Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno). Sanoian Special Collections Library.)


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