Biographical sketch of ARCHABILD MILLS from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
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Archabild (sic) Mills, a son of William and Elenora (Arnold) Mills, both natives of Ireland, was born in the dominion of Canada March 9, 1840.His parents came to Canada previous to the war of 1812, and the father cleared up land and became a prosperous farmer.He was the father of ten children, viz: Ann married a grocer in Canada and lives there; Mary Jane married a farmer and is also a resident of the locality in which she married; Archabild; Martha is married and lives in Chicago; Margaretta married and also lives in Chicago; Elmer, Agnes and Harriet and two who died young.The family lived a long distance from any school, but they all obtained a good common school education.The father was a Baptist and in Canada a Reformer in politics.
Archabild Mills came to Michigan in February, 1865, and located in Berville, where he remained for a period of two years.He then filed a settler’s claim on forty acres of land in his present location in Riley township and later added forty acres more to the homestead.He also owns a good residence lot in the village of Capac.He has cleared all his land and has it well improved and in a fine state of cultivation.He married Sarah Ann Brown, of Canada, in 1860, and is the father of nine children, Elenor, Cynthy Ann, Eliza Jane, Martha L., Mary Elizabeth, Lucy, Charles, Henry, Ezra, deceased, and Frederick, deceased.They all obtained a good common school education, are doing nicely for themselves and are prosperous citizens.As a farmer Mr. Mills has always followed what is denominated mixed farming, and has been successful in his calling.In political views he is a Republican and his religious belief is in accord with the creed of the Methodist denomination, being a member of that church.He has been pathmaster for six years, and his service in that capacity attests his efficiency.He has been the architect of his own fortune and has no cause to complain of the results of his efforts to improve his environments.He is a good type of the descendants of that large army of citizens of the old world who, despairing of the attainment to that plane of citizenship and independent manhood which is the birthright of all men and is the inspiration that spurs all to action, aspired to citizenship in the Great Republic.Availing himself of the opportunities for obtaining land in Michigan, he secured and cleared up a farm, thus becoming one of that class of her citizens upon which our country so largely depends for the material prosperity and financial stability which characterize our government.In the great body of independent agriculturists who own and cultivate their farms, the country recognizes her best class of citizens, and to have become one of this class by his own efforts is an attainment which does honor to the aspirations and accomplishments of any man.With and of this class is Archabild Mills, who possesses in a large degree the confidence and esteem of all who know him.
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