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Name: Miller, Simeon V. B (1882-1958)

Historical Note:

Simeon Van Buren Miller was born in Nineveh, Indiana on August 27, 1982. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1906.  He was a member of the football team and was among those injured in the Purdue train wreck of 1903.  Per a newspaper clipping among his scrapbook memorabilia, “Mr. Miller is admitted to have been the most horribly mangled of all the wreck victims who recovered…”  He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta, as his father and two brothers had been.  Simeon Miller was also president of the class of 1905, during his sophomore year at Purdue.

Miller established a marine-engine dealership in Crystal Lake, Washington in 1908 and retired in 1945. He won various trophies in inboard and outboard motorboat races. He was instrumental in acquiring property for a game refuge for the Seattle Rod and Gun Club. Miller was a past commodore of the Seattle Outboard Association, a former deacon and elder for the First Christian Church, and a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary.

Simeon Miller died April 17, 1958.

Sources: Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook and obituary in Seattle Daily Times
Note Author: Mary Sego

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