West Branch in Cedar County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Laban Miles House
Herbert Hoover’s distinguished uncle, Laban Miles, owned this house from 1875-1886, and Herbert would have visited the Miles family here on many occasions. In 1878 Laban Miles moved his family to the Oklahoma Territory where he had been appointed by President Hayes to serve as Agent on the Osage and Kaw Indian Reservation. Upon leaving West Branch, Miles rented this home to Dr. Leech. In 1882, after the death of his father, eight year old Herbert Hoover spent eight months with the Miles family on the Indian Reservation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #19 Rutherford B. Hayes, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series lists.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 41° 40.255′ N, 91° 20.791′ W. Marker was in West Branch, Iowa, in Cedar County. Marker was at the intersection of Downey Street and Wetherell Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: West Branch IA 52358, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Laban Miles House (here, next to this marker); A President's Rural Roots (here, next to this marker); Explore Historic Downtown (a few steps from this marker); Garvin House (a few steps from this marker); A World of Opportunity (a few steps from this marker); Leech House (a few steps from this marker); Varney House (a few steps from this marker); C.E. Smith House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Branch.
More about this marker. Marker has been removed and replaced by marker #162579.
Also see . . . Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. (Submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2015, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on December 14, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.