Benton County


Walter M. Castile, agent for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad Company at Johnsonville (Humphrey Co) TN was born in Camden, Benton County, on the 18th of March 1882 and is the son of James Monroe Castile and Amy Jane Cole, both born in Benton Co. The parents were both left orphans at an early age and no records were preserved of their familises so that it is impossible to give in this connection any further information concerning their ancestry. They were married in Benton County on Sept.23, 1867 and they became the parents of eight children, five of which are yet living. Walter M. of this interview is the only son. The father was educated in the common schools of Benton Co. and in the Benton Seminary at Camden, TN. After leaving school he he taught int he public schools for a number of years and later as superintendent of the public schools of Benton Co. Later on he engaged in the milling and mercantile business. In 1910 he located in Johnsonville and is now making his home in that city. He served throughout the war in the Confederate Army and received seven wounds in the Battle of Atlanta. He saw much active service, participating in many battle and was taken prisoner at Island 10 op the Mississippi River and spent several weary months in the prison in Chicago. Mr. Castile is a Democrat and has taken a prominent part in politics of this state, serving in the State Legislature from the 26th Senatorial district. He and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Mr. Castile is a member of the Masonic Fraternity Camden Lodge # 179.

Walter M. Castile was educated in the public schools of Camden and on leaving school he took up the study of telegraphy, at age 22 becoming active in the railroad service in the capacity of telegrapher. He was engaged in that work in the Camden office for five years, after which he was appointed agent at the Denver TN office where he continued for nine months. His next appointment was that of agent at the Johnsonville of the Nasville, Chattanooga & St. Louis which position he has filled since 1908.

Mr. Castile, like his father, is a Democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, as is his wife. He is a member of the Caldwell Masonic Lodge #273 and of the I.O.O.F. # 606 at Denver.

Mr. Castile was married in 1905 to Bamma Garrett daughter of John W. Garrett of Camden. They have no children.

History of Tennessee and Tennesseans 1913