Robert D. Miller

Petersburg Observer, Date unknown

Rev. Robert Don Leavey Miller, one of the best known and highly respected men of the county, died last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Sanitarium in Jacksonville, age 70 years, 9 months and 26 days.

He was born in Missouri, February 3, 1838, where he grew to manhood.

At the age of sixteen he matriculated at Chapel Hill college, but lacked a year of completing the full classical course. His versatility of ability first led him to the study of medicine; after mastering that profession he read law and was admitted to the bar. Later he heard the call to preach, heeded the same and was ordained a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1864, and has been "obedient to the heavenly vision" every since, -- until stricken down a few weeks ago. And in the proclamation of this gospel he had few superiors.

Mr. Miller also showed great ability as an educator. He taught school sixteen years and was the county superintendent of schools of this county for twenty-three years, and the author of the state's accepted "Course of Study" for common schools.

He organized the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of this city, made possible their house of worship and served as their pastor for six years. He was also instrumental in building the present church house at Lebanon and at Fancy Prairie, of all of which he was pastor for many years. He held two debates in this city, the first with Elder D.R. Lucas of the Christian Church thirty-two years ago and the other with Dr. Porter of the Baptist Church in 1894.

Mr. Miller was married to Miss Charlotte A. Riche, December 24, 1857, in Buchanan County, Mo. They removed to Petersburg early in the sixties, when the civil war was raging the hottest in Missouri. Here he has resided ever since, honored, respected and loved as falls to the lot of few men. Though the deceased has never made public the figures, it is believed that no man in Central Illinois has married as many couples and preached as many funerals as has Mr. Miller. But silent now are those eloquent lips and pulseless the loving heart!

There remains of the stricken family, the widow and five children, Mrs. Sarah M. Drake and Mrs. Leyria A. Ross, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mrs. Emma E. (Jube) Marbold of Greenview; Mrs. Pauline Chapman of Portland, Oregon; and Miss Mary A. Miller of this city. One son died in infancy, and the other son, George….[article is cut off]

Transcribed by:John Feagans


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