1857 Frederick and Ella were married on Thursday, August 20 at the home of Ella's father. 1857-1869 Frederick and Ella lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1859 Philip D. Armour and Frederick B. Miles formed a partnership on March 1 “for the transaction of the Produce and Commission business” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A copy of the handwritten agreement is in Armour and his Times, by Harper Leech and John Charles Carroll, New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1938. Their partnership was successful but was dissolved in 1863, the year that Armour formed a partnership with John Plankinton. (See notes about P.D. Armour below). 1860 Frederick’s occupation is listed as "conv. merchant" in the census of Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Ward 7, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Frederick D. Miles, age 26, born in England, lived with Ella V., age 22, born in New Brunswick, William D., age 2, and Francis F., age 8/12, both born in Wisconsin. Servant Hannah White, age 19, born in England is also in the household. No real estate or personal estate value is listed.) Philip D. Armour, age 28, produce dealer, and H.O. Armour, age 26, soap and candlemaker, appear in this census in Milwaukee Ward 4. The value of Phillip's real estate is $5000 and the value of his personal estate is $15000. The value of H.O.'s personal estate is $1000 (no real estate). 1863 F.B. Miles was elected Vice-President of the Young Men's Association of the City of Milwaukee on 12 May. 1864 F.B. Miles was elected President of the Young Men's Association of the City of Milwaukee on 10 May. 1865 On April 10 the Milwaukee white lead manufacturing company was incorporated by G.D. Norris, F.B. Miles, Benjamin K. Miller, John Nazro, and H.M. Finch for the purpose of manufacturing and vending white and red lead, sheet lead, bar lead, and pipe, shot, linseed oil, and oil cake. The capital stock was to be one hundred thousand dollars, divided into shares of one hundred dolars each. 1865 On April 10 the Milwaukee petroleum company was incorporated by Nelson Van kirk, F. B. Miles, Jackson Hadley, Angus Smith and L.J. Higby to prospect, work, manage and develop lands generally know as "oil territory," and to open and work any mines on any lands which may be acquired by them, and to purchase and sell all the products of such lands. The capital stock was to consist of five thousand shares, of one hundred dollars each with the power to increase the capital stock and the number of shares when required to extend their operations, to any amount not exceeding one million dollars. [Private and Local Acts, and Charters of Incorporated Companies, passed by the Legislature of Wisconsisn in the Year 1865] 1865 On July 10, F.B. Miles conveyed his homestead and other real property to his wife Ella V. Miles. The property was worth about forty thousand dollars and contained something over the quarter of an acre which was exempt by law from creditors. A June 1868 Wisconsin court case (Pike vs. Miles) upheld the convenence as proper as the inclusion of the exess property (of value about four to five thousand dollars) in the conveyance of the exempt property to the wife could not be regarded as unreasonable in view of the condition of Frederick B. Miles at the time. The court found that it was very clear that there could have been no actual fraudulent intent as to existing or subsequent creditors. The court documents note the evidence showed that Mr. Miles was engaged in a "general produce, whiskey, and commission business," from July 1865 until January 1866 when he failed; and that his business amounted to "from a quarter to a half million dollars per month" and that on July 1, 1865, he was worth seventy to eighty thousand dollars above all liabilities, after deducting homestead and furniture. The indebtedness to the plaintiffs was contracted in September or October of 1865 and was for whiskey. The court case also noted that subsequent to the suit by the creditors, the Mr. and Mrs. Miles mortgaged the homestead property for twelve thousand dollars lent to Mrs. Miles which she had invested in a milling business in which she had employed her husband for a salary. [The American Decisions Containing the Cases of General Value and Authority Decided in the Courts of the Several States from the Earliest Issue of the State Reports to the Year 1869, Volume XCIX, compiled and annoted by A. C. Freeman, 1888] (The accounts of F.B. Miles indicated that he had assets of $213,638 and liabilities of $82,677 at the beginning of July 1865. In August 1865, after the conveyence of the property to his wife, his assets were $169,292 and his liabilities $72,207. In January 1866, his assets were $268,672 and his liabilities were $274,213.) 1869 Frederick’s family sold all of the family’s goods in Milwaukee and his wife Ella returned with the children to New Brunswick to Ella's father's home. Frederick moved to England and stayed there until about 1874. 1869-74 Frederick was a speculator of varying success. Edith Miles Todd wrote, “Don't know half as much of his life as I'd like to for it was eventful and adventurous. [He] lived in Milwaukee from marriage until 1869. Failed disastrously—went to England until 1874-75. A speculator and usually unsuccessful although at times in his life very well off. Many peculiar chapters in his life, 1869-1874 especially—[He] was a London City Representative at the opening of the Suez Canal [17 November 1869]. [There is] a story in connection with the Franco-Prussian war [19 July 1870-10 May 1871] that would have made him a millionaire if peace had not come when it did.” 1870-1871 Congressional Testimony of Cornelius K. Garrison, Washington, D.C. April 4, 1872 describes his involvement in a contract of 28 November 1870 between W.J. Valentine & Frederick Billing(s), merchants in London, 5 Lothberg street, and William Saint Laurent, minister of interior and war of France, to supply to France in Bordeaux seventy thousand rifled muskets and bayonets; .one thousand carbines, short Enfields, new, with bayonets; twenty-five batteries, of six pieces of cannon each, rifled Parrot guns; and the necessary ammunition for approvisioning of the said batteries (about $1,300,000 worth of arms). The French government gave notice of the abrogation of the contract on February 3, 1871. 1871 There is a marriage certificate for a Frederick Billing and Kate Minnie Parkes, married 8 June 1871 in the church in the parish of Horsham in Sussex. Frederick is listed as a bachelor, age 37, rank or profession gentleman, living in St. James, Westminster. His father is listed as William Billing, rank or profession gentleman. Kate is age 22, a spinster living in Horsham. Her father is Charles Stuart Parkes, a pensioner from the [?] household service. The witnesses are Charles Stuart Parkes and Lillie Parkes. [General Records Office, England] 1871 The census of England lists a Frederick Billing, age 38, occupation independent, living at 14 Eldon Road in Kennsington, Chelsea, with his wife Minnie Billing, age 22, and sisters Susan Felgate, age 30, and Lillie Parkes, age 12. Servant Thomas Carey, age 13 and occupation page, is also in the household. This Frederick was born in Buckinghamshire. Minnie was born in Windsor, Berkshire, Susan was born in London (Middlesex), and Lillie was born in Brighton, Sussex. 1873 “Conway Oyster Fishery.---Mr. Cholmondeley Pennell, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Fisheries under the Board of Trade, held an inquiry on the 2d and 3d inst. At Conway, to hear an application which has been made by a company formed for the purpose of importing oysters from America, and fattening them over here for the English market, and who have applied for a Parliamentary grant of foreshore on the Conway estuary for that purpose. The application was opposed by the Conway Corporation, and much local interest was manifested in the result of the inquiry.” [The Times, London, Saturday, Apr 5, 1873, Issue 27656, p. 10, col. B] 1873 “Charge of Embezzlement against a Manager. A warrant has been issued by the Liverpool magistrates for the apprehension of Frederick Billing, managing director of the Conway Oyster Company, on a charge of embezzlement. It is said that on the 22d ultimo Billing absconded from Liverpool, where the company have their offices, and that it has since been discovered that his defalcations amount to about £1,000. Billing left Liverpool by the four o’clock p.m. train on the 22d ultimo for London, and is believed to have been accompanied by his wife, his wife’s sister, and another lady.---Liverpool Mercury.” [The Manchester Guardian, Apr. 4, 1873, pg. 6] 1873 “An Absconding Director of an English Company. Superintendent Kelso yesterday received from Major Greig, Head-constable of Liverpool, England, a circular in relation to one Frederick Billing, a managing director of the Conway Oyster Company, who absconded from Liverpool on the 22d of March, and is supposed to have taken passage to this country. Billing is charged with being a defaulter to the company to the amount of £1,000. The fugitive is described in the circular as being “about forth years of age, nearly six feet in height, stoutly built, handsome figure, walks very erect, and has both a military and American appearance.” He is a native of England, but has an American accent, having lived several years in this country. He is said to be fond of gambling, and frequents bowling alleys. He is supposed to be accompanied by his wife, her sister, and a governess named Miss Morton. His wife usually travels with three dogs, viz., a large, dark-brown, rough-coated dog, named Lion; a medium-sized black and tan terrier, named Beauty, and a white French poodle, named Pop.” [New York Time, April 25, 1873] In a letter to Edith Miles dated 19 April 1908, Ella Cushman Davis (daughter of Robert and Eliza Delahoy Billing Miles Cushman and half sister of Frederick Billing Miles), wrote “Now the adoption question. I am as sure as one can be of anything in this world that none ever took place. I have your father’s usual signature up to the year I wrote you of as ‘Frederick Billing,’ and he was always called this up to then. Then after two very dreadful years that nearly wrecked your grandmother, & of which your mother never knew, it was best for him to go away for some years under a different name, so he added Miles to his own. This he was known by up till we found him in London, after Annie’s birth; here he was Frederick Billing again, and remained so till he rejoined his family in Chicago before you & Reggie were born. He was then Mr. Miles & remained so till he died.” 1875-81 Frederick returned to Canada and lived with his family in Toronto. He was a publisher in Montreal and Toronto with Henry Billings Walker. They published The New Standard Atlas of the Dominion (1875) with imprint Montreal and Toronto. Miles and Walker registered the partnership in Toronto 1 May 1876. They published the Oxford county atlas in Toronto in 1876 and the Halton, Peel, and Wellington county atlases in 1877. The business was at 11 King West in 1876, at 79 King East in 1877-78 (Walker & Miles), at 81 King East in 1879, at 8 Union Block at 36 Toronto St in 1880, and at 20 Union Block at 36 Toronto St in 1881 (Miles &Co). [Toronto City Directories 1876-1881, A Dictionary of Toronto Printers, Publishers, Booksellers, and the Allied Trades, 1798-1900 by Elizabeth Hulse, Toronto: Anson-Cartwright Editions, 1982] 1876-1881 The Toronto City Directories list the home of F.B. Miles as 568 Church in 1876, 42 Duke in 1877, 19 St Vincent in 1878-1880, and 5 North in 1881. 1881 Frederick’s occupation is listed as publisher in the Canadian census of St John's Ward, Toronto. Canadian Census, St John's Ward, Toronto, York, Ontario, FHL Film 1375882, District 134, Division 3, Page 3, Household 180: F.B. Miles, married male, ethnic origin English, age 48, born in England, occupation publisher, religion Church of England and wife Ella Miles, married female, ethnic origin Ontarian, age 43, born in New Brunswick, religion Church of England, live with children A.C., male age 20, occupation student, E. Maud, age 18, Fred S., age 17, Herbert D. age 14, Annie M, age 12, all born in USA, Edith M, age 4, born in Ontario, and Reginald, born 12 Feb 1881in Ontario. There is also a servant Margerett Little, age 21, born in Ireland, religion Church of England, in the household. 1881 The family moved to Chicago. “He was in Toronto 1875-81 a publisher of Canadian Maps and Atlases, the firm was Walker & Miles. Left Toronto for Chicago with family in 1881 to join Armour & Co. as first head of Refrigerator Car Lines and Beef Shipment, and Agencies. In Milwaukee it was Miles & Armour, Grain Merchants.” [Note written by Herbert Delahaye Miles in Edith Marion Miles Todd's notes] 1886 F.B. Miles published a testimonial about “Swedish Movements and Massage” in the Chicago Daily Tribune 4 Apr 1886, pg. 13: “To Whom it May Concern: I am suffering from Paralysis Agitans, which eminent specialists whom I consulted in New York, Boston, and Chicago declared incurable, unless treated in its earlier stages. All of these gentlemen, however, agreed that Swedish Movements administered by A. G. Schloesser, M.D., S.G. at 3 and 4 Central Music-Hall would materially relieve my symptoms and prolong life, which they did beyond my most sanguine expectations. F.B. Miles, 3336 Prairie Avenue.” 1891 Mr. & Mrs. F.B. Miles and drs., Fred S. Miles and H.D. Miles live at 3231 Forest Ave in Chicago [Chicago Blue Book of Selected Names of Chicago and Suburban Towns, Containing the Names and Adresses of Prominent Residents, arranged Alphabetically and Numerically by Streets ... For the Year Ending 1891, The Chicago Directory Company, 1890] 1891 Frederick died in Chicago on April 9. He had been ill for eight years with "progressive paralysis." [Notes of Edith Miles Todd] 1832-1901 Notes about Armour, Philip Danforth (Frederick Billing Miles’s partner in Milwaukee and, later, employer in Chicago): meat packer, grain dealer, financier, born near Stockbridge, N.Y. He moved to Milwaukee in 1856 after seeking his fortune in the California gold fields. Following an unsuccessful soap-factory venture, he formed a wholesale grocery and produce business with his brother, Herman, and in 1859 entered a partnership with Frederick Miles in the grocery and commission business. Much of their profits came from selling salt and pickled pork to western immigrants, and this venture marked the beginning of Armour's entry into the meat-packing business. He was also acquiring substantial grain interests, and in 1863 operated the largest grain elevator in the city. In 1863 he dissolved the Miles partnership and joined John Plankinton in establishing the pork-packing and grain-dealing firm of Plankinton & Armour. Through the accumulation of large war profits the company grew to be among the largest in the Midwest. Branch offices and affiliated companies were opened in several major cities and were usually under the management of one of Armour's brothers. In 1875, while Plankinton remained in Milwaukee to head the parent company, Armour moved to Chicago to assume management of the Chicago branch. In 1884 Plankinton withdrew from the partnership, and shortly thereafter the Armour family, under the leadership of Philip D. Armour, came into sole control of the organization, which by that time had main offices in Chicago, Kansas City, and New York. Such innovations as the utilization of waste products and the growth and development of refrigeration enabled the company to grow into one of the world's largest packing firms. Armour's interests subsequently expanded and he acquired large railroad holdings and became one of the country's leading grain traders and speculators. Dict. Amer. Biog.; J. G. Gregory, Hist. of Milwaukee (4 vols., Chicago, 1931); S. H. Holbrook, Age of the Moguls (New York. ); WPA field notes. [Dictionary of Wisconsin biography] Armour's career and his partnership with Miles are also discussed in The Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. III (Revised and Enlarged Edition, 1918), p. 54 and in Leaders of the 19th Century by Evelyn H. Walker et al., Chicago: A. B. Kuhlman Company, 1900, p. 85.
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