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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Roof D. Miller

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 258 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Thorough acquaintance with his community and a long and successful business career in the town in which he had passed all of his life, are among the qualifications possessed by Roof D. Miller, postmaster of Fort Plain, Montgomery county, New York, when he was appointed to the federal office he now holds. He was born in Fort Plain, town of Minden, Montgomery county, New York, in June, 1878, the son of Byron C. and Ida (Roof) Miller, both born in Freysbush, town of Minden, Montgomery county. Byron C. Miller, the father, was for thirty-five years in the wholesale and retail cigar and tobacco business in Fort Plain and is now retired.

Roof D. Miller was reared in Montgomery county, obtained his elementary education in the public schools of Fort Plain and concluded his scholastic career in the Clinton Liberal Institute. Since that time his life has been passed with his father in the cigar and tobacco business, with the exception of three years he spent in the grocery trade. He is still in the cigar and tobacco business and has occupied his present store in Fort Plain for the last twenty-eight years. Prior to his appointment as postmaster Mr. Miller had served as village treasurer for three terms and as supervisor for six years. His appointment as postmaster of Fort Plain was made in March, 1923, and since that time he has efficiently discharged the duties of the office.

In December, 1900, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Sarah E. Patterson of Troy, New York. They have two daughters: Pearl D., born August 10, 1902; and Evelyn Ida, born December 20, 1907. Mr. Miller's home in Fort Plain is at No. 68 Center street. Politically Mr. Miller is a republican, and in religion a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is president of the Fort Plain Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Fort Plain Club and of the Winning Hose Company. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

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