J. C. Miller

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This article is about the physician. For the former pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, see J. C. Miller (pastor).

J. C. Miller was a physician who styled himself as "The Big Quaker India Doctor" and peddled "Ka-Ton-Ka Oriential Root Medicine", a 40-proof product of Thomas A. Edwards' Corry, Pennsylvania-based "Oregon Indian Medicine Company", from his offices at the corner of 20th Street and 3rd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham in 1903.

In September 1886 Miller was operating in Maysville, Kentucky, where he may have adopted his patent medicine after "Dr. Waits and his Gang of Indians" ran afoul of the authorities for refusing to shut down during a diphtheria epidemic at Paris in nearby Bourbon County.

Miller was also a member of the white supremacist organization, the Regents of the White Shield.


  • The Evening Bulletin (September 22, 1886) Maystown, Kentucky