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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LUTHER A. MILLER, a prominent resident of Portland, Northampton County, established himself in this place in 1888 as a manufacturer of wagon-wood stock, and has since conducted a profitable and increasing trade in that line. He is a native of this county, as were also his parents, Alfred and Mary Miller, and his ancestors were early settlers here. Born March 20, 1859, he was reared upon the home farm. He received a good education in the public schools of Northampton County, and also attended the high school of Watsontown for a time.

Going to Newark, N. J., in 1881, Mr. Miller secured a position in a leather factory, of which, after successive promotions he became Superintendent and General Manager. For three years he was in the employ of one leather firm, and for five years with another concern in a similar line. Resigning as Superintendent, he came to Portland and began the manufacture of wagon- wood stock, which he has continued to the present time. He is doing an extensive business and employs six men for factory work, also at times has several extra hands for outside work. Among his manufactures are whiffletrees, singletrees, shafts, wagon-poles, neck-yokes, handles and other wagon stock. His factory is run by steam-power, the engine, manufactured at Erie, Pa., being of thirty-horse power and the boiler forty-horse power.

In 1889 Mr. Miller was united in marriage with Miss Emma C, daughter of J. J. Hess, of Northampton County, and they are the parents of two children, Orville D. and Austin P. Our subject takes an intelligent interest in the affairs of his town and county, and has occupied positions of trust among the councils of his fellow-men. He is still a young man, full of enterprise and plans for the future, and, if permitted to live until advanced in years, will contribute his share toward the progress of his community. In politics, he gives his support to Democratic principles. Socially he is identified with Portland Lodge No. 311, F. & A. M., of which he is the present incumbent of the office of Warden. He is also connected with Mt. Bethel Lodge No. 732, I. O. O. F., of which he is Past Master. In religious belief he is a member of the Reformed Church. His business transactions are conducted in a straightforward and systematic manner, and his factory gives evidence of the thrift and good judgment of the owner.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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