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Harry J. Niles and Mary R. Connolly of Wayland NY



Photo of Harry J. Niles.



Photo of Mrs. Mary R. Connolly Niles.



The Niles Cornet Band of Springwater NY circa 1892.

Back row: Jack Leady, Erve King, Vinnie Hyde, Fanny Niles, LeBerne Hyde, Baron Hyde.

Center row: Minnie Niles, Arch Moore, Roy Robinson, Libbie Hyde, Charles Price.

Seated: Harry Niles, Bert L. Hohnson, George Hohnson, Ed Niles, Lewis Hyde.

Children: William Niles and Ethel Jude Beers.

Photo courtesy of Sandy Booth of the Wayland Historical Society.

Names courtesy of Joanne Bennett.

The Family of Harry J. Niles and Mary R. Connolly Niles




birth place

death place

Harry J. Niles


17 April 1853 - 10 March 1927

Springwater NY

Wayland NY

Mary R. Connolly Niles


8 December 1878 - 8 May 1964

Avon NY

Wayland NY



8 February 1889



William H. Niles


1900 - 1974

Wayland NY

Wayland NY





The Parents of Harry J. Niles

James L. Niles and Emaline Marvin Niles

The Parents of Mary R. Connolly Niles

James Connolly and Mary O’Brian Connolly

The Niles Cornet Band

From Reid Robinson’s “History of Springwater”, p76

Another band leader in Springwater was Harry Niles. He, with his brother, Ed, organized Niles Cornet Band. The Niles brothers had formerly played with the Hi Wilson Band. The Niles band was organized about 1892, after Hi Wilson moved to Boston. This band played locally for such occasions as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Political Rallies and Concert Hall entertainment. Harry Niles died in 1926.


The Niles Cornet Band Accompanied the Cohocton Fire Department to Hammondsport

From the Springwater Enterprise, 5 August 1897

The Niles Cornet Band of Springwater accompanied the Cohocton Fire Department to Hammondsport this morning to attend the Firemen’s Convention. They came over last evening, and gave a fine concert in the Opera House. Ice cream was served during the evening for the benefit of the fire department. The receipts were about $20. The band consisted of 16 members and they fully sustained their reputation as musicians second to none in this section of the state. The Euphonium solos by L. A. Withington were very fine, and were heartily applauded by the large audience present.

The Cohocton firemen were a good company to go with and the band boys were all well pleased with the generous entertainment given them. This is the third time the Niles Band has been with the Cohocton firemen to the Steuben county firemen’s conventions.

The Obituary of Harry J. Niles

17 April 1853 - 10 March 1927

From unknown newspaper, 11 March 1927

Wayland, March 11 - Harry J. Niles died at his home in Wayland recently, age 74 years. Mr. Niles was editor of a Springwater paper for many years and also the Wayland Advance.

He was a resident of Springwater until about 13 years ago, when he moved to Wayland and had his office on east Naples street.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie Niles, one son, William Niles of Wayland; a brother, Ed Niles of Rochester; and a sister, Mrs. Jennie Price of Springwater.

The body was removed to the home of his sister, Mrs. Jennie Price at Springwater where the funeral was held Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Tubbs of the Methodist church of Springwater officiated.

Burial was at Mount Vernon Evergreen cemetery Springwater.

The Obituary of Mary R. Connolly Niles

8 December 1878 - 8 May 1964

From the Wayland Register, 13 May 1964

Mrs. Minnie R. Niles, 85, died in Wayland Hospital Friday (8 May 1964) after a long illness.

Her lone survivor is a son, William of Wayland. She was the widow of Harry J. Niles, publisher of the Springwater Enterprise. Until retirement, she was an active partner in the operation of the Niles Studio here. Mrs. Niles was a native of Lima.

A prayer service was held Tuesday in the Stanton Funeral Home followed by Requiem Mass in St. Joseph’s Church. The Msgr. Adelbert J. Schneider officiated.

The Burial of Harry J. Niles

Mt. Vernon Evergreen Cemetery in Springwater NY

The Burial of Mary R. Connolly Niles

St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Wayland NY