William Miles Read was born in England in 1849 and came to the United States in 1865. By the early 1870s he was in White Pine
County, Nevada, working for the Eberhardt and Aurora Mining Company, Ltd., one of whose officials was Francis (Frank) Drake.
Read's association with Drake outlasted their association with the Eberhardt mines; Read married Drake's niece, Rose, was
a partner with him in many other Nevada mining ventures, and also served as administrator of Drake's estate after the latter's
death in 1909.
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