Biography of Leroy D. Miller

Leroy D. Miller, a native of St. Joseph, Missouri, was born on February 24, 1869. After his father’s passing, his mother remarried and the family relocated to South Dakota. Miller received his education in the local public schools before embarking on a career in the grain industry. Eventually, he ventured into the livery business and established a successful enterprise in Sioux Falls. With top-notch equipment and a dedicated work ethic, Miller built a thriving business with a wide range of services, including livery, hack and transfer, and even an undertaking department. He is a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and actively involved in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

LEROY D. MILLER, who is engaged in the livery, hack, and transfer business in Sioux Falls, also conducting an auxiliary undertaking department, is a native of the city of St. Joseph, Missouri, where he was born on the 24th of February, 1869, being a son of William and Martha (Hartman) Miller. When he was a child of three years, his father died, and his mother subsequently became the wife of Joseph N. Davenport. When the subject was three years old, he accompanied them on their removal to what is now South Dakota, the family locating in Minnehaha county, where Mr. Davenport engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mr. Davenport is dead, but his widow is still living, making her home in California.

The subject was reared on the homestead farm of his stepfather and secured such educational advantages as were afforded in the public schools of the locality. At the age of twenty-three years, he engaged in buying grain for the Peavey Elevator Company, of Farmer, South Dakota, and continued to be thus employed for a period of three years, at the expiration of which he located in Montrose, McCook County, where he was engaged in the livery business for two years, being thereafter identified with agricultural pursuits in Minnehaha County for four years. In 1899, he located in Sioux Falls and established himself in the livery business. In August 1901, he established, in connection, a hack and general transfer line, and in 1903, he still further expanded the scope of his enterprise by the addition of an undertaking department. His equipment throughout is of the best order, including about thirty-eight horses and a full complement of modern vehicles for all purposes, and he controls a large and representative business, showing the result of his own energy and good management. Mr. Miller is a staunch advocate of the principles of the Republican Party and fraternally is identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, being affiliated with Sioux Falls Lodge, No. 262.

On the 28th of December 1893, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Minnie C. Roney, of Decorah, Iowa, and they have two daughters, Ethel A. and M. Blanche.


Robinson, Doane, History of South Dakota: together with mention of Citizens of South Dakota, [Logansport? IN] : B. F. Bowen, 1904.

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