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CHARLES J. MILLER, Principal of Spartansburg public schools, was born in Harmony, Chautauqua, Co., N.Y., December 27, 1857; son of John and Maria (Pardy) Miller, early settlers of that county, the former of whom, a native of Chenango County, N.Y., died in the West several years ago; the latter, born in Rensselaer County, N.Y., is now residing at Watts Flats, N.Y. They were parents of two children. Our subject, the eldest, attended the public schools during the winter and assisted on the farm in summer. In 1873 he commenced teaching and attending the Jamestown Institute, where he received most of his education. He was united in marriage, November 3, 1881, with Miss May L., daughter of P.P. Parkhurst, an early settler of Chautauqua County, N.Y., where he is still residing. Mr. Miller taught for three years at Watts Flats, N.Y., and was instrumental in having a fine graded school building erected there. After leaving Watts Flats he taught one year at Grant and then came to Spartansburg, taking charge of the graded school here. Under his able management the school has rapidly improved, the attendance has increased, and it now ranks among the best in Crawford County.