EDWARD OLIVER MILLER.
Old residents of Visalia, California, can recall the familiar form of Edward Oliver Miller, who for many years
was one of the prominent attorneys of the city. He was born in Visalia, November 23, 1861, and his parents, A.
O. and Elizabeth Miller, long since deceased, were among the pioneers of Tulare county.
Edward Oliver Miller was educated in the public schools and the Normal School at Visalia. His ambition was to be
a lawyer and after leaving school he started in to earn enough money to enable him to study for that profession.
Through the kindness of Mr. C. J. Giddings he was given a position in Mr. Giddings' real estate office, where,
in connection with his real estate work Mr. Miller continued to prepare himself for the law. However, after a time
he purchased, in partnership with Mr. Valknupp, the real estate office and business, which they continued for some
years, and in the meantime he studied law privately until he felt qualified to practice, when he took the bar examination
and was admitted. All his active practice was in his native c 1y, where he occupied a high place among the attorneys,
commanding the esteem and confidence of the bench, the bar and the general public.
When he retired from active participation in the legal affairs of Tulare county, Mr. Miller removed to San Francisco.
There he and his family lived at the Bellevue Hotel until his last illness, when they returned to Visalia. His
death occurred in Los Angeles on June 3, 1911. For years before his death Mr. Miller was recognized as one of the
leaders of the democratic party in California. He served with distinction as state senator, held the important
position of register of the land office in Visalia, and at the time of his death many of his party friends were
trying to gain his consent to become a candidate for governor, but his health was such that he declined the honor.
Mr. Miller was a member of the California State and Tulare County Bar Associations; was interested in agriculture
and owned several ranches; held large interests in California oil lands, and was for years a director of the Southwest
Trust & Savings Bank of Visalia. His fraternal relations were with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks. In these organizations he was popular because of his high character and genial disposition.
Mrs. Miller, who is still living, was before her marriage Miss Cora Ellen Dineley. Her father came from England
while still a young man and settled in New York and later in San Francisco, then in Visalia. Her mother came to
Visalia at the age of sixteen years from the city of Washington, D. C. After their marriage they settled in Visalia
in 1859, and there Mrs. Miller was born. Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Miller, only one is living;
Ernest, the only son, died at the age of thirty six years; Ruly L. died when only four years old; and Cora Marguerite
is now Mrs. Geo. E. Gibson of Visalia.
Since the death of her husband Mrs. Miller has maintained an interest in the ranches and other business enterprises
with which he was connected, and by her executive ability and the exercise of good judgment has added materially
to the value of the estate. Like her late companion, she is public spirited and progressive, contributes liberally
to worthy charities, and finds her greatest happiness in doing good to others. She is president of the Monday and
Saturday Afternoon Bridge Clubs, belongs to several other clubs, and is an honored and respected member of Visalia's
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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