Samuel Miller, Sr. and Jr., Blacksmiths and Iron Cross Makers

Samuel Miller Sr. was born on April 24, 1884, at former German village of Kornenthal, Crimea, Russia (today Ukraine). His parents were Stephan and Katherine Leithold Miller. Samuel learned blacksmithing from Samuel Stern in Kronenthal. Samuel married Maria Boeckel in 1906.

Samuel and Maria Miller came to the United States on the ship, Lusitania, landing at New York, on June 26, 1910. Maria died accidentally near Golden Valley, ND, in 1914. In 1927, Samuel married Louisa Harsch. Samuel died on September 3, 1964. He is buried at St. James Lutheran Cemetery north of Golden Valley, Mercer County, North Dakota.

Photographs and text courtesy of Mal Miller, son of Samuel Miller, Jr. and grandson of Samuel Miller, Sr., Golden Valley, North Dakota

Blacksmith shop at Zap, ND, in the early 1930s; (l-r): Gust Liable, George miller, Samuel Miller, Jr., and Samuel Miller, Sr.
(l-r): Robert Klaudt and Samuel Miller, Sr. in the blacksmith shop, Zap, ND, about 1928 or 1929.
Samuel Miller, Jr., at his blacksmith shop in Beulah, ND, 1940.
Stephan Miller and his wife Catherine Leithold Miller, parents of Samuel Miller, Sr., Kronental, Crimea, Russia.
Samuel Miller, Sr., father of Mal Miller, Golden Valley, ND.
Samuel Miller, Sr., age 18 in 1902, Kronental, Crimea, Russia.

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