BOLES, WILLIAM J. , 1867-1945.


Journalist. Born October 10, 1866, Piedmont. Parents– John B. and Elizabeth Savage Boles.  Married– Helen Nelson.  Education– Attended a one room school. In 1887, lived over a print shop in Decatur when the owner wanted to start a newspaper and asked Boles to help; became city editor of the Anniston Hot Blast, 1890; was with Birmingham Age Herald, 1893-1895; employed as secretary of the Commercial Club in Birmingham, 1896-1898. During the Spanish American War served as a First Lieutenant in the 3rd Alabama Regiment, Company M.. Returned to the Birmingham Age Herald and stayed until 1902; worked with the Cincinnati Enquirer, 1902-1918; political campaign worker for the Mobile Seaport campaign and worked for the Mobile Register, 1920-1924; returned to the Birmingham News-Age Herald, 1924. Beginning in 1932, wrote a daily column, “This Date in Alabama History”. Died August 19, 1945.


Files at Birmingham Public Library;


Romance and Realty; Story of Real Estate Transactions in Birmingham Since the First Land Sale in 1871. Birmingham, Ala.; Author, 1928.