Stephen H. Miller
Stephen H. Miller, chief engineer of the Argo, a boat built by Murphy & Miller at Seattle, Wash., for Alaskan waters, is a devoted follower of the marine life, and is one well known to those of the same calling, having been employed in that line of work for many years. He was born December 31, 1842, at Rockport, N. Y., and is a son of George and Jane (Johnson) Miller, natives of New York State and Canada, respectively, and at that place resided for the first eighteen years of his life. He then went to the oil regions, and there worked on oil machinery for three years, having previously served an apprenticeship to that trade at Rockport. >From this place he went to Oil Springs, Canada, and was there engaged as a contractor two years.
In 1871 he began the marine life by going on the tug Tawas as second engineer, which position he held for one year. After spending a year as second engineer on the tug Prindiville, he went on the ferryboat Sarnia as chief engineer for one season. He then served in the capacity as chief engineer on the Sanilac, Ogemaw, Kalkaska, Kalinga, Marina and Mariposa, coming on the Castalia in 1896. Upon all he was exceedingly fortunate, never having suffered shipwreck nor serious accident of any kind, thus obtaining for himself a reputation and winning the greatest confidence of his employers.
On June 20, 1860, he was married to Miss Jane Davis of Bayfield, Ont., who died February 15, 1881. Their children are Jennie A., who is married to D. C. Reed, and resides at Lakewood, and Daniel W., who is a lumber inspector in Cleveland, Ohio, at the present time.
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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.