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Miller, Simeon V. B. (Simeon Van Buren), 1882-1958



  • Existence: August 27, 1882 - April 17, 1958

Biographical Information

Simeon Van Buren Miller was born in Nineveh, Indiana on August 27, 1882. He was a member of the football team and was among those injured in the Purdue train wreck of 1903. Per a newspaper clipping among his scrapbook memorabilia, "Mr. Miller is admitted to have been the most horribly mangled of all the wreck victims who recovered..." He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta, as his father and two brothers had been. Simeon Miller was also president of the class of 1905 during his sophomore year at Purdue. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1906. 

Miller established a marine-engine dealership in Crystal Lake, Washington in 1908 and retired in 1945. He won various trophies in inboard and outboard motorboat races. Miller was instrumental in acquiring property for a game refuge for the Seattle Rod and Gun Club. He was a past commodore of the Seattle Outboard Association, a former deacon and elder for the First Christian Church, and a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary.


Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook and obituary in Seattle Daily Times.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 21
Scope and Contents The Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook contains memorabilia from Simeon Van Buren Miller's college career at Purdue University. Since he had been involved in the train wreck of 1903, there are numerous newspaper clippings from the wreck. Simeon Miller followed in the footsteps of his father and two brothers, as a member of Phi Delta Theta, so there is also a concentration of ephemera from the fraternity. He had been president of the class of 1905 during his sophomore year, so the scrapbook also...
Dates: 1900 - 1906