Niles, Albert A.
Age: 20, credited to Morristown, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/62, m/i 7/9/62, PVT, Co. H, 9th VT INF, pr CPL 1/27/63, pr SGT 2/1/64, red 3/2/65, m/o 6/22/65
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Birth: 05/28/1842, Morristown, VT
Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 75455178
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Albert A. Niles
Niles, Albert A., son of Salmon and Anna (Cooke) Niles, was born in Morristown, May 28, 1845. In 1862, at the age of 17, he responded with boyish enthusiasm to his country's call, and enlisted as a private in Company H, Ninth Vermont Regiment. He shared the various fortunes of that regiment, was surrendered at Harper's Ferry by General Miles, was soon paroled and sent to guard Confederate prisoners for three months at Chicago, and then exchanged. ater the regiment was attached to the Eighteenth and the Twenty-Fourth Corps, and served in Virginia and North Carolina.
When young Niles was discharged with the regiment, in June, 1865, he had won his way by merit from the ranks to first lieutenant. He was an invalid for two years after his return from the service. He graduated from People's Academy in 1869 and began the study of law with Powers & Gleed. In the fall of 1869 he entered the Law School of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was admitted to the bar in May, 1870.
For nearly five years he occupied the office of Governer Hendee while the latter was in Congress. In 1872 he was elected state's attorney of Lamoille County. In 1880 he was elected county commissioner, and received two successive biennial terms. H has represented fire insurance, and has given special and successful attention to collections and securing pensions.
Mr. Niles has been trial justice since 1891, was town grand juror and president of the village corporation. He was secretary of the Lamoille Valley Fair ground Copmany 28 years and for nearly thirty has been secretary and collector of the board of trustees of People's Academy, and has held other clerical positions. He served as village president, trustee and clerk of the board. During 17 years he was steward of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is a member of the board at the present time, and for a dozen years superintendent of Sunday School, and has been its secretary for the past ten years and is at the present time. He has served as town clerk and treasurer since 1900 and also village clerk and treasurer.
His record for accuracy and promptness and integrity is like an open book.
Mr. Niles married Clara M. Bradley of Johnson in 1872. Mrs. Niles has been both secretary and president of the Woman's Relief Corps, Department of Vermont, and also an aide on both the department and national staffs and an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their children are: Lula A. and Ila May, young ladies of musical tastes and accomplishments, and Logan Albert, born May 1889. Esquire Niles has found health, profit and recreation in the conduct of a farm of 50 acres near the village. For nine years he was commander of J. M. Warner Post, G.A.R. He has been assistant adjutant and judge advocate of the Department of Vermont, also senior vice-commander, and served on the staff of General Palmer in 1892 and General Lawler in 1894, national commanders. A Mason of more then thirty-five years' standing, he is P.H.P. of Tucker Chapter.
Mr. Niles has been constantly identified with varied local interest and his career has been markd byindustry,usefulness and conscientious fidelity to every trust.
Source: Jeffrey, William Hartley, Successful Vermonters: A modern Gazetteer of Lamoille, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties..., East Burke, Vt.: The Historical publishing company, 1907, pp. 77-79.
Death Of Albert A. Niles
The pages of thy book I read
And as I close each one,
My heart responding, ever said
"Servant of God, Well Done!"
We are all authors. On the pages of the book of life the story of our lives is written each day by an invisible but steadily moving pen. Laughter and tear, . pain and pleasure; noble deeds and petty acts; the humdrums of every day life and the splendors of great occasions- all are recorded on its clean white pages, there to remain- a silent, unchangeable testimony to our past. The record can not be erased- be it good or bad.
To some hardly a few chapters are written before the book is suddenly and rudely snatched from our hands with the story unfinished- to others is given the satisfaction of bringing the task to a well rounded conclusion and to write "Finis" at the end of the last chapter ere the Book Of Life be closed forever.
To the late Albert A. Niles, this last great privilege was given, and the record of his long, useful, well spent, life will ever live in the history of Morrisville as a lasting testimony of his high character to be read by the generations that shall follow after him.
The passing of Mr. Niles will be felt by the citizens of Morrisville, in every walk of life, for during his long career as town clerk and treasurer of Morristown, he was brought into close contact with people of all classes, rich and poor, young and old and to all he gave the same courteous service so consistent with his high ideal of public service. His tall, soldierly figure, unbowed by the weight of his more than three score years and ten, had long been familiar on our streets, as he passed among us in his quiet unassuming way, busily engaged in the activities of his daily life, and in his death Morrisville loses an upright and honest citizen; the Methodist- Episcopal Church a devout and sincere member, always a faithful attendant at her services; the various fraternal organizations to which he belonged, a loyal and interested comrade, and his home a loving and tender husband and father. To each and every member of his family, but more especially to his wife, who have so tenderly cared for him during his late protracted illness, the sincere, heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended.
Funeral services in charge of the Masons, were held from the Methodist-Episcopal Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:o'clock. The bearers were Howard skinner, Walter Jackson, G. F. Stancliffe, C. H. A. Stafford, Charles Raymore and A. H. Slayton. The impressive Masonic burial service was given by J. H. Atchinson. Mrs. Eleanor Downey presided at the organ. The Rev. W. T. Best, pastor of the church, gave most excellent and comforting remarks, paying eloquent tribute to the deceased. Interment was made in Pleasant View Cemetery.
The funeral was largely attended. Among those from out of town were: Bert Cobb of Hardwick, Mrs. D. R. Rouhan of Woodsville, N. H., and Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Strong of Hyde Park.
A most wonderful display of flowers were received from the following: James M. Warner Post, GAR, a flag from the WRC, Farm & Grade School, Boston, Miss Eva Martin, Boston, Mr. & Mrs. D. R. Rouhan of Woodsville, N. H., Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Strong of Hyde Park, Mr. &. Mrs. C. E. Palmer, St. Johnsbury, Mr. &. Mrs. E. G. Wilson of Burlington, Lamoille Commandery, Tucker Chapter, R. A. M., Mt. Vernon Lodge F. & A. M., Sons of Veterans, Auxiliary, Delta Alpha Sunday School Class, Five- Hundred Club, Methodist-Episcopal Church, American Legion, Auxiliary, F. G. Fleetwood, Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Raymore, Mr. & Mrs. George A. Morse, Mr. &. Mrs. E. A. Smalley, Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Smalley, Mr. & Mrs, H. A. Skinner, Mr. &. Mrs. H. Waite, Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Waite, Mr. &. Mrs. George A. Bates and from the family.
The body was met at the church by the Masons, Grand Army, WRC, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, each of the organizations being well represented.
Albert A. Niles, son of Salmon and Anna (Cooke) Niles, was born in Morristown May 28, 1842. In the year 1862, at the age of 17 he responded with boyish enthusiasm to his country's call, and enlisted as a private in Co, H, 9th Vt. Regt. He shared the various fortunes of that regiment, was surrendered at Harpers Ferry by General Miles, was soon paroled and sent to guard Confederate prisoners for three months at Chicago, and then exchanged.
Later the regiment was attached to the Eighteenth and the Twenty- Fourth Corps, and served in Virginia and North Carolina. When young Niles was discharged with the regiment in June, 1865, he had won his way by merit from the ranks to 1st Lieutenant. He was an invalid for two years after his return from service. . He was graduated from Peoples Academy in 1869, and was valedictorian of his class, and began the study of law with Powers & Gleed. In the fall of 1869 he entered the law school at Ann Arbor, Mich., and was admitted to the bar in May 1870. For nearly five years he occupied the office of the late Governor Hendee while the latter was in Congress. In 1872 he was elected States Attorney for Lamoille County. In 1880 he was elected county commissioner, and receiver two successive biennial terms. He had represented five insurance companies and had given special and successful attention to collections and securing pensions.
Mr. Niles had been trial justice since 1891, was town grand juror, and president of the village corporation. He was secretary of the Lamoille County Fairgrounds Company for 28 years, and for 42 years had been secretary and collector of the board of trustees of Peoples Academy, and had held other clerical positions. He served as village president, trustee & clerk of the board. He had been a steward and secretary of the Puffer Methodist-Episcopal Church since 1873, and for years had been superintendent and secretary of the Sunday School.
Mr. Niles has served as town clerk and treasurer and village clerk for 18 years, resigning in 1918 on account of failing health.
His record for accuracy and integrity was an open book.
For nine years he was commander of James M, Warner Post, GAR, and in 1893 and 1903 was adjutant general of the Dept. Of Vermont, GAR He was also Dept. Commander of the state in 1912.
Mr. Niles was united in marriage to Clara M. Bradley of Johnson in 1872, who, with two daughters, Mrs. Lula Spaulding, of Boston, and Mrs. J. Frank Jackson of this village, and a son, Logan Niles, also of Boston, survive.
Source: Morrisville Messenger: April 5, 1922
Submitted by Deanna French.