The Caddo Herald
October 12, 1900
Henry Chiles received a telephone message Wednesday stating that this father who lives at Sherman was very sick. Chiles left on the first train for Sherman.
October 19, 1900
Died: W. B. Chiles
W. B. Chiles, of Pottsboro, father of Henry Chiles, of this place, died Friday of last week at his home. As stated in The Herald last week Henry went down Thursday to see his father, but later returned home. A message came Friday stating that his father was worse and he returned at once. The elder Mr. Chiles died Friday and was buried Saturday. Henry is still in Texas with his mother. The Sherman Democrat has this to say of the death of Mr. Chiles: Capt. Chiles was 56 years of age and had been ill but a short time. Capt. Chiles was a pioneer citizen of Grayson County. He has resided in this country almost all of his life and no man in Grayson County was better or more generally known. He began life in this country a poor, hard working young man, and at the time of his death was rated as one of the county’s richest men- having made all his fortune by that strict attention to business and rugged honesty that characterized him as a prominent worthy citizen. Though a young man when the war broke out he served gallantly in the Confederate Army and was a man highly honored by those who served with him on the field of battle. In all his dealings he was an honest, honorable, fair minded, big hearted man and his reputation won for him a wide circle of friends the country over and wherever Capt. Chiles was known his word was as good as his bond and no man knew him but in friendship. He was a progressive, public spirited citizen of Grayson and as such will be missed. He raised a family of eight children, Mrs. W. J. Leeper, being one of his daughters and W. B. Chiles, Jr. living seven miles west of Denison and well known here, is one of his sons. All his children were present at his death, except three, two of whom live in Missouri and one in Indian Territory. The funeral will occur from the farm residence, one mile west of Pottsboro tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock and interment will take place in Denison.