“SAMUEL FISHER MILLER, [South Brookfield], son of Rev. Moses and Bethiah (Ware) Miller, was born in Heath, Oct. 5, 1822; fitted for college with his father. Devoted himself to civil engineering, and served his apprenticeship upon the Hoosac Tunnel and Troy & Boston R.R.; removed to the West, and was engaged as engineer in the survey and construction of various roads in Mich., Wis., and Ill.; Professor of Mathematics, Chicago High School, ’67-’68; Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering, Mass. Agricultural Coll., Amherst ’68-’70. Established under a State appointment, in different parts of Mass., the true north and south line, as the basis of all surveys.
Died from a cancerous affection of the bowels, at Amherst, Oct. 28, 1870. Married, (1) June 18, 1851, Charlotte, dau. of William Howe, of Brookfield, who died Nov. 25, 1863; (2) Aug. 27, 1867, Alma F., dau. of Dr. Joseph Emerson, of Amherst. Six children.”
Source: Biographical Record of the Alumni of Amherst College During Its First Half, 1821-1871,by W.L. Montague, Edward Payson Crowell and Walter Stanley Biscoe, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1883 , pages 226-7