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Settled in Kentucky

RON PEN

in I Wonder as I Wander

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125978
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.003.0012
Settled in Kentucky

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Niles and Rena's settlement in Kentucky brought them into the peaceful routine of a domestic life, interrupted only by the customary fall and spring concert tours. On September 22, 1939, Rena gave birth to their son, Thomas Michael Tolliver Niles. The arrival of Tom was a great event for John Niles, and he spent endless time with his son. When Tom Niles was 11 years old, he joined his father on stage at several concerts. Although he retained a lifelong reverence for music, Tom developed more along the lines of his mother's family. He became a highly successful career diplomat with a range of important ambassadorial and attaché postings. On May 21, 1945, Rena bore their second son, John Edward Niles. He followed in his father's steps as a musician.

Keywords: Niles; diplomat; musician; birth; Rena

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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