Order of Eagles - NILES #1476 was established as a not for profit
organization in 1898 in the United States of America. In 1998, the
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #1476 located on South Main Street
celebrated their 100th anniversary in Niles, Ohio. The planning
committee placed an article in the Niles Times requesting readers
to share photos, stories from the past and any memorabilia relating
to the Eagles # 1476.
From the “Pictorial History
of Niles”, published by the Niles Historical Society, Barbara
Gilmore recognized the house of John Key Wilson. Mr.
Wilson resided in the home at 316 South Main Street in 1874. He
was born in Scotland and later moved to Niles, Ohio. He married
Sarah Porter and had one daughter, Alice Wilson
who was born in 1878. Mr. Wilson died in 1888.
By comparing the photo and an early
picture taken of the Eagles building she realized it was the same
building. The roof structure was the same and the twin gables and
the copula were all the same.
A title search was started to verify
if it was the same building. After spending several days at the
Trumbull Court House Archives Department and the Warren Library
seeking information it was confirmed it was the same building. The
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map 1867-1970 and the Niles Census taken
in 1870-1880 were also very helpful.
In September 1919, the house was sold
to the Eagles, #1476 and an addition was added on to the back of
the house consisting of large ballroom upstairs and large social