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Willis Miller Day set at the Octagon House

Join the St. Croix County Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 2-4:30 p.m. for an open house memorial tribute honoring Willis Harry Miller for his many contributions to SCCHS and for his diligent efforts in the preservation of local history.

Located at 1004 Third Street in Hudson, the Octagon House Museum will open for free walking tours of the main level of the house. A special exhibit will highlighting 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 authored. Refreshments will be served and the gift shop will be open.

Miller was well-known as a local historian, newspaperman and author.

Miller and Genevieve Cline Day were co-founders of the Historical Society in 1947. He served as the society's secretary and treasurer, the president and was on the board of directors for many years. Because of Miller's special relationship with the Octagon House, the museum is very fortunate to have 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, Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 715-386-2654 or visit the society's Web site at