Viewing John H. Niles (1857-1913).
John Henry Niles opened a law office in Anoka in the summer of 1883. At a time when most lawyers in small towns were general practitioners, he began to specialize in abstracting titles to real estate. He became such a proficient abstractor that he could boast in 1900 that "for many years he has had the exclusive control of the abstracting in Anoka county." But he also found time to serve on the municipal court and school and library boards. He died on July 28, 1913, at age fifty-five, and the next day the "Anoka Herald" printed his obituary on its front page.