Addison Lee Miller
Remains of A.L. Miller Laid at Rest Saturday; Many Attend Services; Lusk Masons Perform Ceremony at Grave
Final tribute by a host of friends was paid Addison L. Miller, prominent former rancher, stockman and public official, and one of the state's earliest settlers at funeral cervices conducted at 2 o'clock last Saturday, August 6th, from the chapel of the Peet mortuary. Mr. Miller succumbed to the effects of severe shock, caused when he accidentally fell at the home of his niece, Mrs. Lee Starks, last Tuesday afternoon. He died at the Lusk hospital the following day.
At the chapel services, Rev. George D. Jenkins, pastor of the Congregational church of this city, officiated. Several vocal selections were offered by a male quartet, composed of Ford B. Kuns, O.P. Harnagel, Rex Beach and Prof. Butcher. Mrs. H.J. Templeton accompanied at the piano.
From the chapel the remains were conveyed to the Lusk cemetery, escorted there by members of Harmony Lodge No. 24, A.F. & A.M., of this city, of which Mr. Miller had been an charter member. Active pallbearers were Hans Gautschi, Harry Hargraves, Chris Joss, Albion Lind, S.W. Boyd, and Granville Tinnen. In the honorary pallbearer ranks were Lawrence Johnson, A.A. Spaugh, Frank W. DeCastro, Edw. M. Arnold, Foster Rogers and John Agnew. all of these were long=time friends of the deceased.
Services at the grave were under the direction of the Masonic fraternity, and all arrangements were in charge of George Earl Peet.
Although a native of Missouri, Mr. Miller came west in 1884, a few years later moving to this locality when it was still part of Converse county. He had known the life of real pioneering, and during his residence of more than half a century in the state had witnessed its growth and progress. For many years he was connected with business firms in this vicinity, and was also engaged in ranching and stockraising. He served as Niobrara county's first county clerk, was councilman of Lusk, and also was appointed city clerk and treasurer, a post he held for many years.
He withdrew from active life about three years ago when his health began to fail, and experienced a gradual decline from that time up until his death. Mr. Miller suffered a broken hip, and because of his already weakened condition, the shock was too great for him to overcome. During his life he held the respect and esteem of a large following of friends, and in death many of these gathered to pay a last mark of respect.
Relatives from out of town attending the last services were Max Miller of Borger, Tex.; Kenneth Miller of Olympia, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Lee G. Miller and sons, Billy and Edward Lee, and Miss Margaret Fitzgerald, of Casper; Mr. and Mrs. Jess Thompson of Douglas, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lieurance, of Lance Creek. Aside from these, the deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, four other sons, County Attorney Thomas O., and County Commissioner Wm. D., of this city; Donald C. of Long Beach, Calif., and Joyce D. of Libby, Mont.; and two other daughters, Mrs. Florence Winter of Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs. Genevieve Young of Los Angeles, Calif.