A Guide to the Charles H. Miller Family Papers, 1871-1904
Born near Strasburg, Pennsylvania in 1866, Charles H. Miller graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1885. Following his graduation, he worked for the United States Engineering Corps on the Mississippi River Improvement Commission for 13 years. After his work with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Miller was made superintendent of construction with the McClintic-Marshall Construction Company in Pittsburgh, where he was in charge of building their plant until 1905, when he was appointed an engineer of river protection for the Missouri-Pacific & Iron Mountain Railway System. In 1911, Miller formed his own company, Miller Engineering, in Little Rock, Arkansas. His company engaged in general engineering and contracting, projects include drainage and railways. Following U. S. entry into World War I, Miller enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1917 and served until 1919 as an engineer with the rank of Major. From April 1918 to April 1919, Miller served in France, where he worked on reconstruction efforts. Miller returned to Little Rock and his engineering company following his discharge. He served on numerous engineering committees and organizations, before drowning in 1925 trying to rescue others following the capsizing of the steamboat he was traveling on.
Miller married Edna Ward in 1900, with whom he had two daughters.
"Major Charles Henry Miller." Pulaski County ArArchives Biographies. Accessed June 22, 2012.
Consisting of six journals, two school books, and a slate book, the Charles H. Miller Family Papers, 1871-1904, document Miller’s school and early engineering career. Schoolbooks include Common School Literature, published by Westlake in 1878 and Sanders’ Union Pictorial Primer (1871). The slate book contains arithmetic and state capital exercises. Journals are from 1890, 1900-1904, and chronicle Miller’s professional and personal life working for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineerrs and in Pittsburgh with the McClintic-Marshall Construction Company.
This collection is open for research use.
Charles H. Miller Family Papers, 1871-1904, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, June 2012. Finding aid was updated by Shannon Costello, June, 2013.
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