County commissioners honor Philip S. Miller

Contributions of early Douglas County leader, butcher, highlighted

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/5/20

The Douglas County commissioners voted to honor an early influencer of the community, Philip S. Miller, during their Sept. 29 meeting. Miller, who named Douglas County as a beneficiary in his trust, …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution in 2019-2020, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

County commissioners honor Philip S. Miller

Contributions of early Douglas County leader, butcher, highlighted

Posted

The Douglas County commissioners voted to honor an early influencer of the community, Philip S. Miller, during their Sept. 29 meeting.

Miller, who named Douglas County as a beneficiary in his trust, started as a butcher in Castle Rock, said Debbie Buboltz in the meeting. Buboltz, whose father worked with Miller, wrote a book about Miller’s contributions to Douglas County titled “Philip Simon Miller: Butcher, Banker and Benefactor: His Life and Legacy in Douglas County, Colorado.”

Miller, born in 1895, is the namesake for the county government building, a Castle Rock library and a park. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Town of Castle Rock he helped implement a sewer system and an electricity system in the town.

“Some didn’t want a sewer system and electricity so they stopped shopping at (Miller’s) meat market,” Buboltz said. “But he said: ‘We can’t stand still. We have to move forward and make concessions for the greater good.’”

In 1939, the businessman also helped establish The Bank of Douglas County, which made loans to local businesses.

“He did all this for Castle Rock when he was alive and when it was growing,” Buboltz said. “And he’s still doing it today. His money is still helping us today.”

Miller’s trust also listed eight other beneficiaries including the Town of Castle Rock, Douglas County libraries, Douglas County 4-H Council, Douglas County High School and Children’s Hospital of Denver.

The funds can be used for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. So far, Douglas County has distributed nearly $8 million to 80 organizations. 

All three commissioners spoke about the impact that they’ve seen from Miller during their time in Douglas County.

Commissioner Roger Partridge said he hopes to continue sharing the contributions made by Miller with the county’s residents.

“What we, as commissioners wanted to do is make sure the community is very well aware of who he was,” he said. “I’m hoping we can make this an annual event to honor Mr. Miller.”

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.