In 1886, Edward Miller established the Glenwood Stables on Main Street at Sixth Street in Riverside. While Ed’s main work was as head liveryman for the Glenwood Hotel, owned by his brother, Frank Miller, he also provided transportation for the growing city as a whole. The stables had two “tally ho” carriages, each able to carry 14 passengers. Ed drove the hotel stage to meet passengers arriving at the Southern Pacific Railroad station in Colton.
In 1906, when Frank acquired automobiles for the hotel, renamed the Mission Inn after an extensive renovation in 1902-1903, Ed was in charge of the “auto ride” business. Ed was one the shareholders who helped to capitalize Frank’s major renovation, purchasing 30 shares of common stock at $100.
Ed was noted for his sense of humor and amusing pranks. He would often serenade guests with the hotel’s chimes, playing the 1909 hit song, “Come Away with Me, Lucille, in My Merry Oldsmobile.” Prompted by the musical suggestion and reminded of the pleasures of motoring, guests would go off for an exhilarating and no-doubt bumpy one hour spin with Ed. Ed’s musical persuasions were not limited to business, however. He is said to have played the 1860s ballad, “Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still” whenever a particularly attractive young woman made her departure from the Inn.
Ed Miller was the builder of the White House Restaurant in Laguna Beach, which still operates as a restaurant.