Miller Mercantile Company, 1911

Business news from the September 7, 1911 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

The New Firm Ready for Business.

The Miller Mercantile Company, the new firm which is to occupy the Kellogg building will open up their store Saturday, September 16.  They have their goods all in and are now arranging them on the shelves.  They will open up with a large stock of general merchandise, consisting of dry goods, groceries, hats, shoes, and “everything to eat and wear.”  The stock is new, fresh and clean and we predict for the new merchants a good business.

Saturday, September 16, will be their grand “Opening Day” and by that time they expect to have everything in perfect shape to receive their visitors and show them one of the nicest, cleanest and most “up-to-date” stocks of general merchandise ever shown in Northwest Missouri.

The new firm will be styled The Miller Mercantile Company and consists of H. E. Miller and eldest son, LeRoy Miller.  Mr. Miller is an old merchant, coming here from Bogard, Missouri, where he had been in the general mercantile business for twenty-four years.

The elder Mr. Miller is a brother-in-law of James Nicholas, formerly of Burlington Junction and now of St. Joseph.  Mr. Nicholas, as our readers will remember, was of the firm of Manning & Nicholas, who purchased the closed out stock of the Ernest Prang bankrupt stock of goods in Skidmore.  It seems to be a coincident that the relative of the man who closed out the Prang stock is the first to open up a big stock in the same building.

The new merchants have rented the T. L. Marlin residence and are already citizens of our town.  Mr. Miller, the eldest of the firm is the father of three children, two sons and one daughter.  The sons, Leroy and Reuben are with him here and the daughter is married and lives in Kansas City.  The eldest son, LeRoy, is also married and lives with his parents in the Marlin property.

The following is clipped from the Bogard Dispatch:

H. E. Miller and wife left Sunday for Kansas City and will go from there to their new home at Skidmore, Missouri.  Their car of household goods was shipped Monday and Roy and wife left that day for Skidmore.  We regret very much to see these excellent people depart from our midst but wish them all the success possible in their new home and business.  They were numbered among our best citizens and we heartily recommend them to the good people of Skidmore.