NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG4251.AM: Harold Bancroft Miles, 1882-1939
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.: Coal dealer
Size: 2 volumes
Harold Bancroft Miles, son of Dr. George S. and Martha (DeWolf) Miles, was born in Jerseyville, Illinois in 1882. The Miles family came to Nebraska in 1888 or 1889, settling near Beatrice. H.B. Miles was educated in the public schools of Beatrice. At the age of sixteen, Miles went to Wyoming where he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. After his stint at the academy, Miles joined the sales department of the Cambria (Wyoming) Coal Company. He later joined Swift and Company, taking assignments in Kansas City, Missouri, and Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama. While in Mobile, he married Dawn Gilmore Fowler of that city. In 1905 Miles established a residence in Lincoln, Nebraska. With C.B. Havens, Miles operated a wholesale coal company. In 1910 he began his own coal company, which he operated for the next twenty-nine years. H.B. Miles died in Lincoln on April 9, 1939.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of two volumes of manuscript materials relating to H.B. Miles’ various dealings in the coal business. The first ledger is a record of coal deliveries made by the H.B. Miles Wholesale Coal Company of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1910-1919. Entries show date, purchaser, address, number of cars delivered, type of coal sold, price, and car number. The second volume consists of minutes of the Grand River Coal Company, 1915-1922. Originally incorporated in Delaware in 1915, the home office of this company was moved to Lincoln in 1917. H.B. Miles served as secretary and treasurer of the company from 1917 until it dissolved in 1922. William H. Ferguson, prominent Lincoln businessman, was elected director of the company in 1917.
Note: See the NSHS Library catalog and the Nebraska History index for articles and publications about the coal industry in Nebraska. See also the papers of William H. Ferguson [RG3644.AM].
- H.B. Miles Wholesale Coal Company deliveries, 1910-1919
- Minutes of the Grand River Coal Company, 1915-1922
Coal mines and mining
Coal trade — Nebraska
Grand River Coal Company (Lincoln, Neb.)
H.B. Miles Wholesale Coal Company (Lincoln, Neb.)
Lincoln (Neb.) — Businesses
Miles, Harold Bancroft, 1882-1939
Encoded TMM 11-03-2010