Some of the land we farm is leased from family members, some from third parties, and some is owned outright by the company. Cannon Michael (grandson of Henry) is President and Philip Bowles (son of Henry) is Chairman.
The three founding stockholders’ great-grandfather, Henry Miller, founded Bowles Farming’s predecessor, Miller & Lux, Inc., in 1858. So far, six generations of family members have worked in the business The Company’s headquarters are on the ranch at 11609 South Hereford Road, Los Banos. We also have a small office in San Francisco.
Miller & Lux, Inc. was founded in 1858, and ceased active operations in 1967. The original business of the company was livestock, but it expanded into farming, meat processing, water, and related activities. At one time, Miller & Lux owned more than one million acres in California, Nevada, and Oregon. During and after the Great Depression, most of this property was sold. Two related families, the Nickels and the Bowles, had owned the company equally. When the company was dissolved, the Nickel family started several operations, now known collectively as Nickel Family, LLC.
For more information on Miller & Lux, please read the book “Industrial Cowboys”