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The Niles-Christian-Whalen Families of Fountain


Last updated 6/8/2022 at 10:19am

Photos Courtesy of Elaine MacKay

Loren Dudley Niles was born in this house at 303 W. Illinois Ave., Fountain, on May 10, 1898. Eloise Etna Niles was born here Jan. 21, 1900.

Compiled by Elaine Koop MacKay from family articles and stories, pictures and newspaper articles.

In 1889, Louis Gervais (LG) Niles headed west from Monroe County, Tennessee to make a life for himself. He was only 14 years old when he left home. He came from a large family and with him leaving there would be less mouths to feed. The photo of him below was made in Iowa in 1889.

LG had many different jobs. He worked on the railroad, cow punching, and in the gold mines in Cripple Creek before meeting his future wife, Catherine Jane Christian. They married December 18, 1895 in Fou...

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