Judge T. H. Miller


Judge T. H. Miller – Prominent among the most popular Federal officials in Santa Clara County may well be named Judge T. H. Miller, the efficient postmaster at Morgan hill.  He was born at Woodstown, N. J., on July 1, 1863, a son of Anthony and Anna [Hudson] Miller, who came to America from Ireland, a newly-married couple.  His father was a native of Germany, but his mother was born in Ireland; she was a sister of the late Rev. Father Hudson of St. Mary’s Parish, Gilroy.

     In 1867 the Miller family came to California and located in San Francisco, and at the age of nine T. H. went to Gilroy and made his home with his uncle, Father Hudson.  Here the lad grew to young manhood, enjoying the excellent public school education; and on graduating, in 1880, he entered the employ of the Machado Rancho Company, near the present site of Morgan hill.  In 1888 he acquired, by purchase, a ranch of fifteen acres on the Watsonville road, near the State Highway, and there he continued farming successfully for twenty years.

     For the last ten years Judge Miller has lived at Morgan Hill; in 1902 he was elected justice of the peace for Morgan Hill Township, and for twelve consecutive years he served in that responsible office.  He resigned, in fact, only because, in 1914, President Wilson appointed him postmaster at Morgan Hill, an office he has conducted to everybody’s satisfaction ever since.  He owns the Post Office building on Monterey street, having erected it in 1908.  Two good rural free delivery routes have been built up since 1914, and this may be one reason why, although the Judge is a Democrat, he has been retained by the present administration.  He is a member and past officer of the American Yeomen.

     At San Jose, Cal., on April 8, 1888, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Clara Vandervorst, the daughter of Henry and Johanna Vandervorst of San Jose, where she was both reared and schooled.  Four children make up the family: Thomas J., has a wife and one son, and resides at San Jose; Harry V., who is now perusing the electrical engineering course in the University of Santa Clara, saw service in the late World War as first lieutenant in the U. S. Army; Frank I., is employed by James Slavin at Tres Pinos; and Albert J., is a student at the Live Oak High School.  The family attend the Roman Catholic Church at St Catherine Parish; the Judge is a member of the I O F and the American Yeoman.

Transcribed by Susan Schooler from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.
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