Frank A. Miller
Frank A. Miller, president of the Marine Beneficial Association No. 1, for 1896, is a son of Joseph Miller, who is by trade a coppersmith and tinsmith, and his wife, Melvina (Cook) Miller, a native of Germany. The father, though of German descent, is a native of Buffalo, where he has lived all his life; for twelve years he was an engineer in the employ of the Western Transit Company. He now resides at No. 558 Fourth street.
Frank A. Miller was born April 17, 1858, and received his education in the Public School No. 1 of Buffalo, leaving school when about fourteen years of age. He learned his trade at Pratt's Rolling Mill, and started sailing in 1877 as oiler on the steamer Potomac. After two seasons in that service he was oiler on the Vanderbilt for half a season, during 1879, and then became her second engineer, so continuing on her to the close of the season of 1883. For the seasons of 1884-85-86-87 he was chief engineer of the same vessel, and in the spring of 1888 he was made chief of the propeller Chicago, which position he held steadily until the close of the season of 1896. For the season of 1897 and until August 1, 1898, was engineer of the Boston, when he was then transferred to the position of chief engineer of the Harlem, thus being engaged during his entire experience on the water in the employ of the Western Transit Company. Mr. Miller was a charter member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 1, was elected president thereof in December, 1895, and re-elected in December, 1896. He has been a member of the Parish Lodge No. 292, F. & A. M., for nine years, of Buffalo Chapter No. 71, R. A. M., three years, of the Royal Templars, fourteen years, and was a charter member of the Keystone Lodge No. 50, Stationary Engineers.
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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.