W. H. MILNER, an expert architect of Bloomington, is closely identified with its interests, having been born here on the 29th of September, 1864, and spending his boyhood and youth mainly within its limits. He is one of the rising young business men of McLean County, and for some time has given evidence of more than ordinary skill and genius as applied to the business which he has chosen for his vocation in life.

The subject of this history is the son of John V. and Angeline (Baker) Milner, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Massachusetts. J. V. Milner and wife came to Bloomington in 1854 and he is now one of the most extensive hardware dealers in the county. They have a family of six children.

Warren H. Milner received his earliest instruction from his mother, until ten years old, then commenced attending a ward school from which he graduated in four years. He then entered the High School and after spending a like season, graduated from there also.

In the meantime his leisure time had been occupied in the study of architecture, under the instruction of H. A. Miner, and during vacations he worked at the carpenter's trade with the same gentleman, remaining with him eighteen months.

In 1884 he went to St. Paul, Minn., and engaged as a draughtsman, partly there and partly in Minneapolis, for the following year. He then returned to Bloomington and opened an office 7x14 feet in dimensions, and after two months his business so increased he had to remove to larger quarters. He then fitted up and furnished rooms at Nos. 306 and 308 North Main street, where he now employs two men and is doing a fine business. His reputation as a skillful architect has already extended into adjoining States, and he has received orders from abroad as well as near home. Besides this business he is giving much attention to raising, and dealing in blooded road and saddle horses, and takes great delight in watching the development of this noblest of animals.

Mr. Milner is Republican in politics, and in all respects bids fair to become one of the substantial business men of McLean County.

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), 634. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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