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MILES K. PERSON, city treasurer of Allentown, was born June 5, 1876, in Upper Saucon Township. He was a son of Morgan T. and Emma M. (Keck) Person. When but a year old, his parents took charge of the Mountainville Hotel, where they remained for thirty-four years. He attended the public schools of his native township, until 1890, when he entered Muhlenberg College. After two years in this institution, he entered and was graduated from the American Commercial School in 1893. He assisted his parents in the hotel business until the spring of 1895, when he entered the employ of Koch & Shankweiler, clothiers, and during a period of eight years, in the employ of this firm, gradually advanced himself to the position of one of the leading buyers. In 1903 he launched and established the clothing firm of Koch & Person, and conducted the same until December 31, 1914, when he retired from the firm. During this period he pursued a course in the Sheldon School of Science, Chicago, Ill., from which he was graduated in 1907. On May 30, 1916, he was elected by city council to the office of city treasurer. He assumed office on June 1st of the same year, and has proven himself to be a worthy and reliable public official. He is affiliated With the following organizations : Jordan Lodge of Masons ; St. James Commandery, K. of M.; Jordan Council, F. P. A.; Fairview Fire Company ; Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association; Four-County Firemen's Association. He was one of the organizers of the Taxpayers' League and is prominently identified with the work of Zion Reformed Church. On March 18, 1897, he married Gertrude M. Seislobe, daughter of Clinton P. and Annie Seislobe, of Allentown.
Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917