James  Wiles

          James Wiles, Ex-Auditor of Shelby County, is a native of Warren County, Ohio, and the third of a family of four children born to  Edwin A.  and  Catherine F. (Wood) Wiles, parents both natives of the same State.  Edwin A. Wiles was born in the year 1809, was by occupation a tanner and cabinet maker, and died at Lebanon, Ohio, July 28, 1858.  The mother was born in 1813, and departed this life in Shelbyville, Ind., on the 8th day of September, 1881.  James Wiles was born in the city of Lebanon, July 13, 1841.  He acquired a good English education in the city schools, and at the age of eighteen entered the office of The Western Star, to learn the art of printing, in which he continued uninterruptedly until 1863.  In that year he accepted a clerkship with the Paymaster of the United States Navy, at Cairo, Ill., in which capacity he continued until the close of the war.  In 1867, he came to Shelbyville, Ind., and after working at his trade a short time was appointed Deputy County Auditor, the duties of which position he discharged in an eminently satisfactory manner for a period of twelve years, having served two terms as City Clerk and once as member of the City Council in the meantime.  On severing his connection with the Auditor's office, Mr. Wiles became Deputy Treasurer of Shelby County, and four years later, 1882, was nominated and triumphantly elected to the office of Auditor, an office he recently vacated.  He is an accomplished business man, and as a painstaking and accommodating official, is highly esteemed by the citizens of the county, irrespective of politics or party affiliations.  Politically he is a Democrat, and is one of the recognized leaders of his party in both county and city.  January 11, 1871, was solemnized his marriage with  Sarah E., daughter of   J. M. Randall, of Shelby County, a union blessed with the birth of two children:  Jessie B., born July 22, 1877, and  Harry, born March 10, 1874, and died August 9, 1876.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches."  Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 544-545.
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