|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1853|
Aberdeen City, Scotland
|Death: ||Oct. 5, 1924|
THE LOWELL SUN MONDAY EVENING OCTOBER 6, 1924
DEATH OF JAMES BAYLES
Was Well Known Lowell Newspaper Man For A Period Of Fifty Years
Death Came Last Night at Home in Tyngsboro as Result of Operation
James Bayles, contributing editor of the Lowell Courier-Citizen and one of its stockholders, died last night at his home, Dunstable Road, Tyngsboro. Forced to undergo a serious operation about two weeks ago, he failed to rally and although moved from the hospital to his home last week in the hope that such a transfer would aid his recovery, his strength was not equal to the task imposed upon it.
For more than 60 years Mr. Bayles was a resident of Lowell and its vicinity. He was born in Scotland, where he received his earlier education in the public schools of Aberdeen and in St. Andrew's Episcopal academy. He came to America in 1872 and worked his way to Lowell. He worked in mill offices for three years and entered the newspaper field in 1875 as a reporter on the staff of the Morning Times. He became Lowell correspondent of the Boston Globe in 1877 and three years later accepted the position of night editor if the Lowell Morning Mail, where he remained for two years. In 1882 he was made city editor of the Lowell Citizen, then an afternoon paper. When, in 1895, the Citizen and Courier were combined he was made managing editor and for six years had complete charge of the editorial department. Ill health beset him at that time and compelled a prolonged absence from routine work. It was then that he became associated with the paper in a contributory capacity and continued in that sphere until the time of his death. His weekly weather comment review in the Saturday Chat columns of the Citizen were widely read.
In May, 1918, Mr. Bayles was married to Miss Annie F. Cox of Winchester, who survives him. He also leaves a sister in Scotland.
Despite the handicaps of bodily infirmities which steadily increased in the latter years of his life, Mr. Bayles bore them with amazing fortitude and never lost the love of life and never allowed his courage and unfailing cheeriness to wane. During the earlier years of his life in Lowell he served as a member of the board of health and was actively identified with a number of musical, dramatic and literary organizations. He also served as director of the Lowell Humane Society.
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