Carrie Hawthorne Miller
Pioneering North Texas
Book Cover of Pioneering North Texas by W. Henry Miller, 1953. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

MILLER, W. HENRY (1882–1953). Henry Miller, merchant, oilman, and writer, was born on April 13, 1882, in Boonsville, Texas, the son of Charles G. and Sarah (Manley) Miller. He attended schools in Boonsville and in 1901 graduated from Peaster College. In 1902 he moved to the South Plains and attempted to secure lands under the Four-Section Act. He was subsequently involved in various business ventures, including the mercantile business in Indian Territory, the Littlefield development in Lamb County, promotion of the sale and use of silos all over North Texas, and an oil company during the Burkburnett oil boom in 1918 (see BURKBURNETT OILFIELD). In Houston Miller published his own paper, The Heights Weekly, in which he wrote a column, "Jake Thompson's Talk on the Topic of the Day." He later sold the paper to devote full time to the W. Henry Miller Company, a real estate firm. In 1945 Miller retired from active management to do historical research and writing. In 1953 his book, Pioneering North Texas, was published. Included in the book are the author's family history and accounts of pioneer life, Indian depredations, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the barbed wire wars and grazing-lease scandals of the area. Miller was a Mason and a life member of the Texas State Historical Association. He married Carrie T. Hawthorne in 1919. He died in Houston on May 24, 1953, and was buried at Boonsville.


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