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Willis Miller Day set at Octagon House

Willis H. Miller (1918-2008) is dressed in a top hat and tie for the city of Hudson Centennial in 1957.

The St. Croix County Historical Society has scheduled an open house memorial tribute honoring Willis Harry Miller Sunday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The event is a tribute to Miller for his many contributions to the historical society and for his diligent efforts in the preservation of local history.

The Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third St., will open for free walking tours of the main level of the house, and a special exhibit will highlight items donation by Miller and his family.

Representatives from the St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society will be on hand to discuss the "Hudson Area Biographical Index," compiled by Miller, and the books he wrote. Refreshments will be served and the gift shop will be open.

Miller was well-known as a local historian, newspaperman and author. He and Genevieve Cline Day were co-founders of the historical society in 1947, and he served as the society's secretary and treasurer, president and was on the board of directors for many years.

Because of Miller's special relationship with the Octagon House, the museum has several items that he donated over the years, including a small spool bed that was purchased by his mother from the Abigail (Page) Bailey estate and a formal dining room set which was, at one time, painted black as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln.

The fall tour season has begun, and the Octagon House Museum is open only on weekends in September and October, Saturdays, noon to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call (715) 386-2654 or go to