Max MILLER

Max MILLER

Male 1871 - 1963  (92 years)

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  • Name Max MILLER 
    Born 12 May 1871  Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Dec 1963  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Dec 1963  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "Max Miller came to the United States when he was nine years old. He had come with his mother. His father had come to the U.S. a couple years earlier.

      "Max and Ida lived west of Wall Lake until 1907 when they bought a farm just east of Ida's parents.(George and Augusta Leubecher). Augusta was extremely happy now that she could talk to her eldest daughter daily by telephone.

      "Max left Lincoln County shortly after his wife's death and moved to Minnehaha County in the Humboldt and then Wall Lake area.

      "Elsie married Al Stroebel and lived in Mankato, MN; Hazel married George Lowell and lives in Sioux Falls; Clifford married Nell Voelsch and farmed west of Sioux Falls in the Wall Lake area until his death in 1976."

      "For two years [after Ida's death] Dad worked in Humboldt in a blacksmith's shop there and then he went back to farming again. When he went back to farming he hired a housekeeper and then he took Cliff and I. We lived 17 miles west of town at that time. [this is before he bought Cliff's place] I think the place he farmed had been homesteaded by his Dad. I must have been about 9 yrs. old when he bought the farm where Cliff lived. When my mother was killed, they were farming about a mile and a half east of Herman’s. This is where Ida was killed."

      "The time that I was about 9-10 years old, the housekeeper we had used to spend her summers with her sister. She had a little boy who was 8 months old when she came to live with us. His name was Bill Carrie. He lived with us off and on for fifteen sixteen years. He was like a brother to Cliff and I. We were about the only family he ever knew."

      "[After Ida's death] he sold out that fall sold everything that fall. This was 1909. He never wanted to move there in the first place since it was only a half a mile from Grandma Leubechers. "--Interview with Hazel Lowell, August 1984

      "You know, my dad and his dad came from Sioux Falls in the winter time in the sleigh. It was blizzarding so hard, it was cold and nasty, and the animals were following the trail and they got off the trail somewhere and couldn't see anything. AAnd then my dad said, turn around, we just passed Lowell's I seen the light. George's grandma always put a light in the window when they were up and around so if anybody was out they would know there was a house there. So they turned around and went back to Grandma Lowell's and spent the night. This was before Max was even married. "

      "The Miller's and the Leubecher's knew each other in Germany."

      Rex and Ruby Leubecher wrote a short biography of Max and Ida Miller Family that appeared in a local publication whose title and date are unknown:
      “Max Miller (1871-1963) was born in Germany and came to the United States when he was nine years old. In 1899 he married Ida Leubecher (1872-1909) who was also born in Germany and arrived in this country when she was 11 or 12 years old.
      “Max and Ida lived west of Wall Lake until 1907 when they bought a farm just east of Ida’s parents (George and Augusta Leubecher). Augusta was extremely happy now that she could talk to her eldest daughter daily by telephone. That pleasure was short-lived as just two years later (1909) Ida was killed by lightning as she was upstairs tucking her three small children into an iron bed. Survivors were husband, Max, and children Elsie, Clifford, and Hazel. Max left Lincoln County shortly after his wife’s death and moved to Minnehaha County in the Humboldt and then Wall Lake area.
      “Elsie married Al Stroebel and lives at Mankato, Minn.; Hazel married George Lowell and lives in Sioux Falls; Clifford married Nell Voelsch and farmed west of Sioux Falls in the Wall Lake area until his death in 1976.”


      1910 U.S. Federal Census: SD: Minnehaha, Humboldt: p. 12b:
      Miller, Max, head, 39, widowed, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, laborer, implement shop.

      1915 South Dakota State Census:
      Name: Max Miller
      Age: 44
      Birth Year: 1941
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birth Place: Germany
      Nationality: Widowed
      Marriage Year: 1900
      Arrival Year in Country: 1883
      Arrival Year in State: 1883
      Arrival State: South Dakota
      Arrival Country: USA
      Religion: Methodist Episcopal
      Father's Birth Place: Germany
      Mother's Birth Place: Germany

      1920 U.S. Federal Census, SD, Minnehaha, Wall Lake Township:
      Miller, Max, Head of household, owns his property, age 47, widowed, came to the U.S. in 1882, naturalized citizen in 1885
      Elsie, daughter, age 18
      Clifford, son, age 16
      Hazel, daughter, age 15
      Cary, Rose, housekeeper, 32, widow

      In the 1930 census, Max is living with his son, Clifford.


      Legal records for the settlement of the estate of Max’s father lists Max as being 32 in 1907, making his birthdate being abt. 1875.

      No SSDI record found under Max Miller, Mueller, Muller or Maximillian Miller.

      From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Monday, Dec. 16, 1963:
      “Max Miller
      Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home for Max Miller, 92, of 3601 S.. Norton Ave., who died Saturday in Sioux Falls.
      He was born in Germany May 12, 1871. He came to Parker in 1883. He married Ida Leubecher November 1899. He farmed in the Humboldt and Hartford areas until 1913.
      He is survived by a son, Clifford Miller, Hartford; two daughters, Mrs. George Lowell, Sioux Falls, and Mrs. Albert Strobel, Mankato, Minn., two sisters, Mrs. Hulda Kieni, Humboldt; and Mrs. Earl Collins, Phoenix, Ariz.”

      Death Certificate
      Name: Max Miller
      Armed Forces: No
      Date of Death: 12/15/1963
      Date of Birth: 05/12/1871
      Age: 92 years
      Place of Death: 3601 S. Norton Ave. Sioux Falls, Minnehaha South Dakota
      Disposition Information:
      Method: Burial
      Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant
      Location: Sioux Falls South Dakota
      Demographic information:
      Residence: 3601 S. Norton Ave. Sioux Falls Minnehaha South Dakota
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Place of Birth: Germany
      Surviving Spouse’s Name, if wife Maiden Name: Ida Leubecher Miller
      Father’s Name: Adolph Miller
      Mother’s name prior to first marriage: Unknown
      Information Information:
      Informant’s Name: Clifford Miller
      Manner of Death: Natural Causes
      Cause of Death Part I: Coronary Occlusion, 8 hours; Atherosclerosis (Coronary) cause unknown, 25 years.
      Part II: Gen. Arteriosclerosis, , , [1, 2, 3]
    Person ID I227  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2016 

    Father Adolph MILLER,   b. 29 Jan 1845, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1901, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Augusta Amalia MILLER,   b. 14 Feb 1845, Waltersdorf, Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge, Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1918, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1868  Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Miller Siblings, children of Adolph and Augusta Miller.
    Miller Siblings, children of Adolph and Augusta Miller.
    Two different snapshots taken at same family reunion held on August 5, 1950 in the City Park in Parker, South Dakota. L to R: Hulda Miller Kieni, Rudolph Miller, Viola Miller Collins, and Max Miller.
    Miller, Adolph and wife, Augusta Amalia Miller.
    Miller, Adolph and wife, Augusta Amalia Miller.
    Documents
    Land Records.  Miller, Adolph and wife Augusta.  Sell land to their son-in-law, Henry W. Kieni, who lived in Humboldt, South Dakota.  1900.
    Land Records. Miller, Adolph and wife Augusta. Sell land to their son-in-law, Henry W. Kieni, who lived in Humboldt, South Dakota. 1900.
    Hulda Miller, Adolph and Augusta Miller's daughter, married Henry W. Kieni in 1892.
    Headstones
    Miller, Adolf and Augusta
    Miller, Adolf and Augusta
    Histories
    Newspaper Articles.  Miller Family Reunion.  August 5, 1950.
    Newspaper Articles. Miller Family Reunion. August 5, 1950.
    Reunion was held at City Park, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota. Article appeared in the 10 Aug 1950 edition of The New Era newspaper, published in Parker, South Dakota.
    Family ID F83  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Ida LEUBECHER,   b. 9 Mar 1872, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1909, Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1900  Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Elsie Vera MILLER,   b. 31 Mar 1901, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1988, Mapleton, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +2. Clifford MILLER,   b. 10 Mar 1903, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1976, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +3. Hazel Lucille MILLER,   b. 16 Dec 1904, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1994, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Photos
    Miller, Max.  Family.  Four Generations.
    Miller, Max. Family. Four Generations.
    L. to R.: Hazel Miller Lowell, Jerry Lowell held by father, G. James Lowell, and Max Miller. Taken at a Miller Family Reunion held on August 5, 1950 in the City Park, Parker, South Dakota.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller.  Children.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller. Children.
    L. to R.: Cliff, Hazel, and Elsie. Taken 1905.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Front seat, L. to R.: Helen Leubecher Thompson, Max Miller. Back seat, L. to R.: Cliff Miller, Hazel Miller Lowell, and Augusta Leubecher. Taken sometime between 1910 and 1913.
    Miller, Max.  Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    L. to R.: Hazel Miller Lowell, Max Miller, Cliff Miller, Helen Leubecher Bates, and Elsie Miller Strobel. Taken around 1913.
    Miller, Adolph.  Third generation descendants in South Dakota.
    Miller, Adolph. Third generation descendants in South Dakota.
    Third generation Miller cousins. Taken on August 5, 1950, at the Miller family reunion held at the City Park in Parker, South Dakota. Back row, L to R: Betty Kettleson Thompson, Alice Nelson Lowell holding Jerry Lowell, G. James Lowell, Claire Strobel, John H. Lowell. Front row, L to R: (kneeling) Marvin Miller, Roger Lowell; (standing) Janice Miller.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller.  Wedding party.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller. Wedding party.
    Wedding occurred on January 10, 1900 at Shindler, Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
    Headstones
    Miller, Max and Ida Leubecher Miller
    Miller, Max and Ida Leubecher Miller
    Histories
    Newspaper Articles.  Miller Family Reunion.  August 5, 1950.
    Newspaper Articles. Miller Family Reunion. August 5, 1950.
    Reunion was held at City Park, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota. Article appeared in the 10 Aug 1950 edition of The New Era newspaper, published in Parker, South Dakota.
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Ida LEUBECHER,   b. 9 Mar 1872, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1909, Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1900  Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elsie Vera MILLER,   b. 31 Mar 1901, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1988, Mapleton, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Clifford MILLER,   b. 10 Mar 1903, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1976, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Hazel Lucille MILLER,   b. 16 Dec 1904, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1994, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 
    Family ID F3617  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 May 1871 - Free State of Saxony, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jan 1900 - Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jan 1900 - Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Dec 1963 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Dec 1963 - Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Miller, Max.
    Miller, Max.
    Miller, Max.
    Miller, Max.
    Lowell, Gerald R. with his Great-Grandpa, Max Miller.
    Lowell, Gerald R. with his Great-Grandpa, Max Miller.
    Taken at 707 S. Menlo Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Miller, Max.
    Miller, Max.
    Taken August 5, 1950, at the Miller family reunion held at the City Park in Parker, South Dakota.
    Miller Siblings, children of Adolph and Augusta Miller.
    Miller Siblings, children of Adolph and Augusta Miller.
    Two different snapshots taken at same family reunion held on August 5, 1950 in the City Park in Parker, South Dakota. L to R: Hulda Miller Kieni, Rudolph Miller, Viola Miller Collins, and Max Miller.

    Documents
    Death. Miller, Max.  Death Certificate.
    Death. Miller, Max. Death Certificate.
    Died 14 Dec 1893, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Springdale Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1910.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Springdale Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1910.
    Farms for George Leubecher, Herman Leubecher, and Max Miller displayed. Township map publication data: Standard Atlas of Lincoln County, South Dakota, including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the County. Compiled and Published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1910.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1929.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1929.
    Farms for John R. Lowell, Viola Lowell, Minnie McCartney, Max Miller, and Louis Volsch displayed. Township map publication data: Atlas and Farmer's Directory of Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Containing Plats of All Townships with Owners Names... Compiled from latest data on record. Published by The Farmer, Webb Publishing Company, Publishers, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1929.
    Land Records.  Location of Family Farms in Springdale Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street and Highway Names
    Land Records. Location of Family Farms in Springdale Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street and Highway Names
    This 1910 Springdale Township map has been annotated with the street and highway names that were in use as of 2014, to assist in identifying the location of the family farms for George Leubecher, Herman Leubecher, Rex Leubecher, and Max Miller.
    Land Records.  Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    Land Records. Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    This 1950s Wall Lake Township Plat Map has been annotated with the street and highway names that were in use as of 2014, to assist in identifying the location of the Lowell, Luker, McCartney, Miller, and Volsch family farms.
    Land Records.  Miller, Max.  Purchases Miller homestead farm from mother and siblings, after the death of his father.  1911.
    Land Records. Miller, Max. Purchases Miller homestead farm from mother and siblings, after the death of his father. 1911.
    Adolph Miller died in 1901. After his death, his wife, Augusta, and his children Paul, Hulda, Rudolph, Viola, and Max, jointly owned Adolph Miller's homestead farm. In 1911, Max bought out the interests of his mother and siblings and became sole owner of the Miller homestead farm.
    Land Records.  Miller, Max.  Sells original family homestead to M. M. Davey.  1914.
    Land Records. Miller, Max. Sells original family homestead to M. M. Davey. 1914.
    Max Miller's father, Adolph Miller, was the original homesteader for this property. After Adolph Miller's death, his wife and children inherited his property. Max Miller then bought out the interest of his mother and siblings in this original homestead property and he lived on the property until 1914, when it was sold and no longer remained in the Miller family.

    Recordings
    Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) the Volsch family; b) sale of 1117 W. Madison; c) the Leubecher fraction of property next to the Adolph Miller homestead; d) approaching the entrance to the Miller homestead; e) the years that Grandma Lowell spent at this homestead farm; f) beginning of the walk up to the location of the house and outbuildings.
    Country Life Revisited: Part 08: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 08: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) more snow stories; b) location of the school house where Grandma and Grandpa attended as children; c) heading to the Lowell farms; d) Uncle Jack's farm; d) John Fairfield Lowell's homestead; e) double rainbow.

    Albums
    Lowell, Miller, and Volsch Land Transactions in SD
    Lowell, Miller, and Volsch Land Transactions in SD (11)
    This album contains land records that occurred in three counties in Dakota Territory and later in South Dakota that involved members of the Lowell, Miller, or Volsch families.