Frank E. Miller
Frank E. Miller, the subject of this sketch, was born at Chester, Geauga Co., Ohio, in 1858. He is a graduate of the Willoughby public schools, and attended college at that place three years. He is a son of Joel and Polly Miller. His father is living at Willoughby, Ohio, at the advanced age of eighty-four years.
Mr. Miller commenced his steamboat work as fireman on the propeller Cormorant, remaining with that boat three years. In the spring of 1879 he transferred to the steamer Egyptian, and after firing two years was appointed first assistant engineer, remaining in that berth four years, when, in the spring of 1885, he was appointed first assistant on the steamer Wocoken, and the following season on the J.H. Devereux. In 1887 he stopped ashore and entered the employ of the Wellington Milling Company, as engineer, at their mills in Wellington, Ohio, where he remained one year, after which he returned to Cleveland and entered the employ of the Cleveland Ship Building Company, as engineer of hydraulics in the boiler department. In the spring of 1889 Mr. Miller shipped as first assistant engineer on the steamer Northern Queen, with John Smith; transferred to the Caledonia, and finished the season on the Italia. The year following he again entered the employ of the Cleveland Ship Building Company, as engineer of the boiler department, which berth he held for eight years. He is a man of great integrity, and a close student of electricity.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association while he sailed, but later withdrew. He is a member of the Americus Club, of the Red Cross and of Garfield Commandery, and also of the Knights of Abraham Lincoln. In 1881 Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Alice F. Hubbell, of Willoughby, Ohio.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.