RILEY MILLER, one of the representative business men and mechanics of Saybrook, and connected with the firm
of R. Wirt & Co., tile manufacturers, was born in Ross County, Ohio, on the 30th of May, 1854. He is the son
of William and Elizabeth R. (Dunlap) Miller, natives of Ohio. Both parents early in life connected themselves with
the United Brethren Church. The father is still living and makes his home in Saybrook.
The subject of this history is the eldest of his parents' three children, the other two being John B. and Emma H. Mr. Miller has been a resident of this county since a boy of ten years, in 1864, at which time his parents located in Arrowsmith Township. He was reared to farming pursuits, and received a fair education in the district schools. After arriving at years of manhood he was united in marriage with Miss Fannie English on the 3d of March, 1875. Mrs.; Miller j was born in Clark County, Ill., and is the daughter of Abel and Susan (Hutchinson) English, both natives of New Jersey. Their children were Henry, Allen, Morrison, Fannie, Florence, Augusta and Belle. Allen and Augusta are deceased.
Mr. Miller was trained by his excellent parents to habits of industry, and since early youth has been employed in some useful calling. In 1881 he engaged in the manufacture of tile in this city, where he worked two years, and one year in Fairbury, then returned to Saybrook and entered into partnership with Rush, Wirt & Co., with whom he has been connected since that time. They are doing an extensive business, running two burning kilns, each with a capacity of 8,000 per week, of one foot each in length and from three to twelve inches in diameter. They are enabled to obtain a very superior clay, and the product of their kilns is of a corresponding quality. They give employment to about ten men, and in connection with their tile business have recently put in operation a Penfield plunge-mill, which was manufactured in Willoughby, Ohio, at a cost of $1,250. The capacity of this machine is about 10,000 four-inch tile per day. They are using soft coal for fuel. The tile from this factory is sent all over the State, and yields a fine income. Each member of the firm possesses good business ability, and all are honorable and upright in their transactions, their word being considered as good as gold. All are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr. Yeaman being Superintendent of the Sunday-school and Messrs Wirt & Yeaman are connected with the Official Board. The former belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the K. of P. Our subject and Mr. Yeaman are members of the I. O. O. F. , Lodge No. 460, at Saybrook. The firm unanimously supports the Republican party.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller have one child, a daughter, Sylvia, born Dec. 5, 1875. They occupy a pleasant home on Main street, and enjoy the friendship and association of the best people of Saybrook.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 637. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.