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CHILES, Joseph Haskell, M.D.

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg.104

CHILES, M.D., JOSEPH HASKELL, has been successfully established in the
practice of his profession at Orlando, Orange County, since his retirement
from active service in the sanitary department of the United States Army in
the great World war.
Doctor Chiles was born at Greenville, Madison County, Florida, on the
14th of February, 1874, and is a son of JOSEPH W. and LELA (RAYSOR) CHILES,
the former a native of Georgia and the latter of Florida. SEABORN GREEN
CHILES, grandfather of the Doctor, was born in Virginia and became a clergyman
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the service of which he labored long and
earnestly in Georgia. He had been left an orphan in that state when a boy,
and he and his two brothers became separated. JOHN RAYSOR, maternal
grandfather of Doctor Chiles, was born in South Carolina and became a pioneer
settler in Jefferson County, Florida. JOSEPH W. CHILES, who is now living
retired at Lakeland, Florida, has to his credit a record of productive
industry in connection with farm enterprise, lumbering operations and
phosphate mining. He is a staunch democrat, and he and his wife hold
membership in the Baptist Church.
The public schools of Fort White, Columbia County, gave to Doctor Chiles
his preliminary education, which was advanced by four years of study at the
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College. He entered the University
College of Medicine, at Richmond, Virginia, in which institution he was
graduated as a member of the class of 1905. After thus receiving his well
earned degree of Doctor of Medicine he was for three years engaged in practice
in Virginia. He then returned to Florida, and in September, 1919, he
established himself in practice at Orlando, after having received his
honorable discharge from the Medical Corps of the United States Army, in which
he enlisted in April, 1917, the month in which the nation became involved in
the World war. In the following July he received commission as first
lieutenant in the Medical Corps, his special training having been received at
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, whence he was transferred to Camp Wheeler, where he
was advanced to the rank of captain. In October, 1918, as a member of the One
Hundred and Sixth Sanitary Train, in the Thirty-first Division, Doctor Chiles
crossed the Atlantic to France, where he passed five months in active
service. For four months thereafter he was stationed in England, and in the
meanwhile he availed himself of doing effective post-graduate work. He
finally returned to the United States, and on the 6th of August, 1919, he
received his honorable discharge, after a professional military record that
shall ever reflect honor upon his name. He has since been engaged in active
general practice at Orlando, is known as a specially skilled and resourceful
physician, and is actively affiliated with the National Association of
Military Associations, the Florida State Medical society and the Orange County
Medical Society. He is a stalwart advocate of the principles of the
democratic party, he holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, and he is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity.
In 1908 was recorded the marriage of Doctor Chiles and Miss IDA HOWARD,
who was born and reared in Virginia. They have three children: ELIZABETH

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