Joe Haynes Miller. During the past three decades perhaps no citizen of McLean County has found his time and abilities harnessed to more responsibilities of public and professional affairs than Joe Haynes Miller, who has successively been a teacher, school superintendent, lawyer, public official and banker.
Mr. Miller was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, April 12, 1860, son of James C. and Frances Y. (Haynes) Miller, the former a native of Daviess County and the latter of Ohio County. James C. Miller spent his active life on a farm in Daviess County, and was the father of five children.
Joe Haynes Miller grew up in a rural district, and had the duties of a farm household as a familiar part of his early environment and training. He attended common schools, the West Kentucky College at South Carrollton, and was in the schoolroom as a teacher for five years. He studied law under Judge William B. Noe at Calhoun, and was admitted to the bar in January, 1887. In the previous year he had been elected county superintendent of schools, and gave his time to that office for four years, but in the meantime had handled his first cases of private practice and in 1890 was elected county attorney, filling that post for four years. Since then he has been engaged in an extensive general practice. In 1903 he organized the Citizens Deposit Bank of Calhoun, and as president has guided that institution through a period of seventeen successful years.
Mr. Miller is a democrat, a Master Mason, and a member of the Baptist Church. In 1888 he married at Calhoun Miss Lizzie Shutt. Their only daughter, Leura H., is now Mrs. Walter H. Waller, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Source: Kerr, Charles, William E. Connelley, and E M. Coulter. History of Kentucky. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1922. Page 264.