Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sewall C. Viles Obit

Sewall Chadborne Viles was the youngest son of both Jotham S. Viles and his third wife Laura Schutts and the only child born to this union.


Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s M. E. church for Lieut. Col. S.C. (“Jack”) Viles, former member of the city council, who died at his home, 1414 Bever-ave, Tuesday morning after an extended illness. Rev. Dr. A. A. Brooks, pastor of St. Paul’s church officiated at the funeral. Mr. Viles had lived here 37 years.

Prominent in military circles, Mr. Viles was second in command of the 133rd infantry of the Iowa National Guard. He first enlisted in ING at Vinton, where he was born July 12, 1881. During the World war he served as instructor at training camps at Camp Custer, Mich. and Camp Lee, Va. He was a charter member of Hanford post American Legion.

In 1922-23 he was a deputy sheriff under former sheriff Tom Avery. In 1931 Mr. Viles was elected commissioner of public safety, serving two years. Following the death of “Jim” Travis, justice of the peace, Mr. Viles was named to fill the unexpected term, later being elected for a full term. He was a past president of the Barbers’ union.

Col. Viles was active in fraternal circles. He was past chancellor-commander of Star of the West lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythians, and a past deputy grand chancellor of the Pythians of Iowa. He was secretary of Ardekan temple of D.O.K.K. and a member of the local Pythian judiciary committee. He was a past noble grand of Maine lodge No. 613 I.O.O.F.

Besides his wife, Grace B. Viles, he is survived by his daughter, Eileen at home, and a son, Richard of San Bernardino, Calif.

Cedar Rapids Tribune, March 12, 1937

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