An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties, Interstate Publishing Co., Chicago, IL., 1904
JOHN A. MILLER, one of the successful young citizens of Klickitat county, living on a fine farm one and one-half miles south and two west of Centerville, was born in Atchison county, Kansas, March 9, 1876, the son of Charles A. and Sarah J. (Ketch) Miller, both of whom are living today. Charles A. Miller was born in Germany in 1848. When a child of six years he came to the United States with his parents, the objective point being Chicago, Illinois. Here Charles A. remained under the parental roof until thirteen years of age, when he began to work for his own living. At the outbreak of the Civil war, he was employed in the Union army as a teamster, and in this capacity he served throughout the struggle. In 1865, at the close of the great conflict, he settled in Atchison county, Kansas, where he resided till 1890, then coming west to Klickitat county. His residence at present is in Goldendale. Sarah J. (Ketch) Miller was born in Ohio in 1851, and when a young woman moved to Kansas, there marrying Mr. Miller the elder. She is now living in Goldendale. John A., of this article, received his education in the common schools of Kansas and of Klickitat county, and in a Portland business college. He came with his parents to Klickitat county when fourteen years of age, and after taking the business course in Portland, accepted employment in a sawmill, where he remained for three years. When twenty one years of age he opened a barber shop in Goldendale, and for three years, till 1900, followed the tonsorial profession with success. Then he sold out and began his career as a farmer.
Mr. Miller was married in Klickitat county, December 7, 1898, to Miss Elizabeth Garner, the daughter of Henry and Mary J. (Nelson) Garner, whose biographies also appear in this volume. She was born in Klickitat county, January 16, 1877, and there grew to womanhood and was educated. Her marriage occurred when she was twenty-two years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Miller now have one child, Zelma E., born in Klickitat county. June 10, 1902. Fraternally, Mr. Miller is associated with the Odd Fellows, and in religion with the Presbyterian church. His political views coincide with the doctrines of the Republicans. though he is somewhat independent in his convictions. His chief property interests are comprised in the fine farm of three hundred and twenty acres, which he is now farming, and the buildings, stock and farming machinery with which it is equipped.