A far-seeing, enterprising and successful business man of Palo Alto, whose success in his affairs has been due to his tenacity of purpose is Frank J. Miller, the capable proprietor of Miller's grocery, located at 203 University Avenue. He was born in Vienna, February 28, 1881, of respected parents who were in comfortable circumstances, and grew to manhood in the beautiful capital of Austria. His education was obtained in the fine schools of his native city; he gained a reading, writing and speaking knowledge of the Slavic languages, as well as German. Early in life he began working in stores and bakeries in Vienna, as a salesman, as well as baker and caterer, but desiring to better his condition, he came to America, arriving here when he was twenty-four years old, and worked in bakeries and delicatessen shops in New York, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. He was married in San Francisco to Miss Josephine Mesenburg, a native daughter of California, born and reared in San Francisco, the daughter of a well-known business man of the Bay City, and a woman of much ability; she is truly a helpmate to her husband and he attributes much of his success to her assistance and encouragement.

Fourteen years ago Mr. Miller located in Palo Alto and started in business in a modest way. He has a thorough knowledge of the grocery business, delicatessen and bakery lines, as well as the art of catering, serving and furnishing viands for banquets, parties, etc. Since coming to the United States, he has acquired a good knowledge of the English language and of business management. He has built up a large and paying business in Palo Alto, using two auto trucks for delivery, and employs a number of bakers and clerks. Mr. Miller has built his residence at 115 Emerson Street, with all the comforts and conveniences of a thoroughly up-to-date American home. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are the parents of one son, Frank J., Jr., a bright lad of eleven years. Mr. Miller carries a full line of groceries, and makes all his delicatessen and bakery goods in his own shop in his building at University Avenue and Emerson Street. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have won the friendship of their townspeople and are justly popular in Palo Alto business, fraternal and social circles.

From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1158


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