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SIXTY YEARS AGO A SAUSAGE-SELLER TODAY
HENRY MILLER IS BIGGEST CATTLE KING
the man, have surrounded him with
an atmosphere of almost impregna
ble romance. It is almost impossible
to get all. the facts concerning the
man and his industryMahy stories
are told of-his rise, somemdoubtedly
based upon faci,- others ' .mythical.
One, however, k circulated persistently
and given -general credence,ris.that he
was put' ashore, at.. Santa, Barbara
from a scurvy ship rounding the
horn, nursed back to. health-by the
BY JACK JUNGMEYER
San Francisco, Cal., March 13.
On an empire of nearly a million
acres in the heart of California rests
the brand of the big "M."
It is the possessive mark of Henry
Miller, biggest land and cattle king,
in the United States, and one of the
most remarkable surviving figures of
Standing for the titanic labors and
visions of an illiterate sausage-maker
who became an American monarch,
the big "M" links the prodigality of
the old West with the energies of a
man who took full advantage.of it. .
Cattle roaming a thousand hills
bear this brand on their flanks. Whole
valleys and rivers, counties and
towns, are under its dominance.
Miller's fortune is rated at over
The state inheritance tax alone
will top $5,000,000.
Divided into 40-acre farms, his
holdings would stretch in a solid band
from the Golden Gate to New York
City and back across Ohio.
In agrarian population these lands
are capable of supporting a million
people. Alfalfa alone covers over
100,000 acres feed for the stock.
Producer, wholesaler and retailer,
Miller for years practically controlled
beef prices on the coast, and is still
a dominating factor. :"'
His chain of ranches and ranges
extend over 18 California counties,
beside land in Oregon and Nevada.
The" claim is made that Miller can
drive his cattle from the Mexican
border to the Cilumbia and corral
them on his own pastures every
Nearly 10,000 employes call him
Such is the principality of the big
Henry Miller's phenomenal suc
cess and the very nature of his calling
along with the peculiar personality of
Cattle King Miller Taken When He
Was a "Boy" of '60.
Indians, and began peddling beef in
Sixty years ago Henry Miller, then
23, was a poor butcher in San Fran
cisco. When his fellow argonauts, in
the '50's, pressed him to come along
into the hills to grub for gold, it is
said Miller replied : "No, I'll stay here
and sell sausage."
Eight prosperous years later he
joined forces with Chas. Lux. The
two hard-headed visionaries had
learned to respect each other's judg--