Obiruary - 14 June 1890 - Clinton Republican, p. 8, c. 1. Eagle. From the Grand Ledge Republican: Ezekiel Niles, of Eagle, died May 3d at the age of 75 years. He was born in the state of New York, March 1st, 1815, came to Clinton county in the spring of 1834 and located, with his father, the farm he owned at the time of his death. Mr. Niles was one of the strong young men who helped to fall the timber, build the bridges, erect the log houses and open up the first improvements of this beautiful Grand River valley, 56 years ago, and the first township meeting held in Eagle was at his house. He lived to see the vast wilderness of this county changed to what it is to-day. He had filled many important offices in the township, and was well known and highly esteemed in both Eaton and Clinton counties. He was the father of eleven children, eight of whom, five sons and three daughters, together with his faithful and devoted wife, survive him. Mr. Niles was a quiet and kind hearted man, an indulent [sic - indulgent] parent, affectionate husband and a useful member of society. The funeral was largely attended by his old friends and neighbors, and his remains now rest in what is known as the Niles cemetary [sic - cemetery], on the farm which he took up from the government and helped to clear with his own labor.