Milton Christian Frederick Weiler
was born in Buffalo, New York on February 28, 1910. His interest
in wildlife, and awareness for conservation, was ingrained
during his early life. His father, an avid hunter and fisherman,
provided instruction and opportunity for an outdoor life.
Annually, accompanying a guide to the family fishing camp
in Northern Ontario, young Weiler performed camp chores, fished
and enjoyed the wilderness environment.
He was educated at the College
of Fine Arts, Syracuse University. In 1935 Weiler accepted
employment with the Garden City, New York Public School Department.
He instructed mechanical and engineering drawing in the Department
of Fine and Industrial
Arts, later becoming the Department Head. His education continued,
receiving a Masters Degree from Adelphi University.
His career in Garden City was
interrupted in 1944, when as a commissioned Major in the Corps
of Engineers, he was sent to the Military Academy at West
Point. As Professor of Typography and Graphics, his academic
skills were now directed toward national interests. Following
honorable discharge, Weiler returned to his former position
in Garden City, where he remained until his death on November
Paul Brown introduced Weiler
to Eugene V. Connett III, publisher of Derrydale Press, during
the mid 1930's. Derrydale Press, already noted for its high
quality books on American sporting afield, was seeking talented
artists to illustrate forthcoming writings. Weiler enthusiastically
grasped the opportunity and went on to provide art for four
Derrydale Press books. The limited edition volumes included
Tall Tales and Short, by Edmund Ware Smith; Up Stream and
Down, and Big Stony, by Howard T. Walden II; and Random Casts,
by Eugene V. Connett.
He held memberships in several
distinguished sporting fraternities, including Swan Island
Club, Southampton; de Bruce Fly Fishing Club on the Willowemoc;
and the Anglers Club of New York.
As sportsman and conservationist,
Weiler worked actively for the causes of Audubon, Ducks Unlimited,
the International Atlantic Salmon Foundation (now the Atlantic
Salmon Federation), and the American Museum of Fly Fishing
where he was one of the founding Trustees.