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Ulrich J. Miller


First Fire Chief of the Borough

Born 12/16/1862

Died 10/15/1933

Burial Date 10/18/1933

Ulrich J. Miller

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(Patriot, 10/19/1933)– Tragedy in its deepest form came to a Kutztown fammily this week when the children of Ulrich J. Miller, long a prominent citizen of town were forced to leave the grave of their father hurriedly yesterday afternoon and than go to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Reading, just in time to see their mother fallow her husband in death. Mr. Miller who had attained the age of 70 years, 9 months and 29 days, died very suddenly at his home Sunday evening, just after he had taken dinner at the home of his son, John U. Miller and had greeted Rev. Carl Miller, another son who had hurried here from Asbury Park, N. J. to visit his mother who was in St. Joseph’s hospital in critical condition awaiting an operation. Excitement plus the worry Mr. Miller was undergoing due to his wife’s condition is believed to have brought on the heart stroke which he suffered. He passed away in just a few moments. Mrs Elizabeth E Miller was 69 years and 29 days of age. She was operated uppon on Tuesday and had a fifty fifty chance of recovery, however her condition grew grave, and while her husband was being interred yesterday afternoon she grew weaker and succumbed at 5:40 p. m.. Rev Carl Miller did not attend his fathers funeral, but remained at the bedside during the day and Mr. & Mrs. John Miller and Mr. & Mrs. J. Ward Kieffer arrived at the hospital after the funeral in time to see their mother breath her last. The couple were survived by the three children mentioned and Mr. Miller has one sister, Miss Mary V. Miller, of town. Mrs. Miller has one sister surviving, Mrs. Maggie Christ, of Bethlehem, and there four surviving grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted for Mr. Miller on Wednesday afternoon with services at the house and in Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. Charles F Brobst officiating. Rev. Brobst took as his text, St. Matthew, 24th chapter, 44th verse, "Therefore, be ye also ready; for in such an hour that you think not, the Son of Man cometh.” Similar services will be held for Mrs. Miller on Friday afternoon at 1:30 at the house.,fallowed by ceremonies at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be made in Hope cemetery. Funeral Director, George R. Schaeffer is in charge.

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Ulrich J. Miller, a friend of man, with a smile and a good word of cheer for all, Known to everyone here at home and to hosts in this county as “Ulie,” passed away and his memory will linger on as one of the outstanding citizens of this community. He was a recognized political figure not only in Kutztown but in the county and his advice and support helped to carry this borough more than once for his candidates. Mr. Miller had a very pleasing nature and was able to turn many a Frown into a smile and brought happiness wherever he went. His home life was very pleasant because he found his happiness there. His home was a gathering place for his friends and neighbors and many a happy evening was enjoyed there. Mr. Miller was a keen thinker, and although not a young man anymore, was as alert in mind as a mane of fifty. The deceased is one of the last of a group of prominent Kutztown men to pass away who meant a great deal to the development of kutztown. Among those could be named such men as Charles Herman, Charles Miller, Walter Bieber, Jacob Esser, William Hinterleiter, John Gonser and others. He was a native of this place and in his youth attended the Keystone Normal School. When he reached the age of 21 he was elected to the board of trustees of the school and served in that capacity for 33 years or until the time the institution was taken over by the State. Mr. Miller served three terms as a member of the Kutztown Board of Education, and two terms as Borough councilman. He was the first Fire Chief of the borough and one of the organizers of the Kutztown Fire Company. For years he was associated with the business life of the borough. Being proprietor of the Washington Hotel for a time, conducted a shoe and hat store and later a cigar business. At the present time he was the local representative of the New York Life Insurance Company. For many years Mr. Miller served as Deputy Prothonotary and at one time he was a candidate for the nomination for this office on the Democratic ticket. For the past 15 years he served as treasurer for the Huguenot Lodge 377, F & A. M. this place and was past master of the fraternity. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Farmers Bank and Trust Company. For many years he was connected with the Kutztown Fair Association. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a member of the Church consistory. A rather significant incident recalled by members of the family is that he was very happy Sunday. In the afternoon in company of his son John and family visited Mrs. Miller who was a patient in St. Joseph Hospital, Reading. On leaving her he kissed her good-by, when he left his son’s home after eating dinner he said good-by and had just shaken hands with his son Karl who had stopped by to see him, when he was taken from them

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