Montana GenWeb Archives
Among the prominent and leading businessmen of Miles City is George M. Miles, nephew of General Nelson A. Miles. He is one of the founders of the city, the leading dry goods and hardware merchant and vice-president of the First National Bank.
He was born in Westminster, in 1854, a son of Daniel C. and Lucy Ann (Puffer) Miles. He graduated at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in the class in 1875, and came to Fort Keogh in 1876 where he engaged in the quartermaster's department, the post then commanded by General Nelson A. Miles, for whom Miles City was named. He was in Government employ for eighteen months. In the fall of 1876 he invested in the sheep industry, having the first herd owned in Custer County. Since that time the industry has had an immense growth in the county and state. Mr. Miles herded his sheep during the winter on the ground now occupied by Miles City, which was then covered by large sagebrush. For six years sheep were his principle livestock and proved profitable. Later he turned his attention to cattle and horses--draught horses, in considerable numbers, and large herds of cattle. In this business he was connected with two others, Hawes and Strevell. Their range is 100 miles from Miles City.
Mr. Miles was the first United States Commissioner in Custer County as also the first Notary Public. He has also filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and member of the Board of County Commissioners. In religion he is a member of the Presbyterian Church, being an Elder and a Trustee of the same. He was one of the organizers of the church at Miles City and organized and has taken an active part in building up the Sunday school of which he has been superintendent for fifteen years. He gives much of his time and money to the church, Sunday school and charities.
The dry-goods firm with which he is connected is known as the McIntire Mercantile Company, he being president. His hardware interests are in the partnership store at Miles City, owned by Miles, Strevell and Ulmer. This company has also a store at Ogden Utah. Mr. Miles owns much valuable real estate in and adjoining the city, and good business property, which yield him good rental revenue. He is a conservative, practical businessman and is also prominent in society. Politically, he is a staunch Republican.
He was married in 1880 to Helen Strevell, daughter of Honorable Jason W. Strevell of Miles City. He has one son, Jason D. Miles, now eleven years of age. Mrs. Miles died in 1887.