Tileston graduated from high school in 1867 and became a school
teacher. A couple of years later he started to study law and, in 1873,
was admitted to the bar. He eventually specialised in real estate law.
He was secretary and counsel to the Homestead Building and Savings
Association, and later secretary of the Muskingum County Fair
Association. He established and became president of the Spangler
Realty Company. From 1892 to 1898, Tileston was directory of the
City and County Workhouse. On November 1, 1889, he helped organize
the People's Savings Bank (later absorbed by the Citizens' National
Bank, becoming its first president. He was also
the leading organizer of the Guardian Trust and Safe Deposit Company
of Zanesville, becoming its first vice-president and manager and later
In 1883, Tileston served on the military staff of the Hon. George
Hoadley (Governor of Ohio) as aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel.
In 1889 he served in a similar capacity to the Hon. James E. Campbell.
From this time on, he was known as Colonel Tileston Spangler.
Tileston was active in a number of civic works, including Zanesville's
first Park Commission, and was president of the Ohio Canal Association.
He was also a member of Mechanics' Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, a member of the Amity Lodge and afficiated with the Royal Arch
Masons, Cyrene Commandery of the Knights Templar, Ancient Arabic Order
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Sciotic Consistory of the Ancient Accepted
Scottish Rite, and the Putnam Presbyterian Church where he served as
Tileston was very interested in history - particularly the history of
Zanesville. His research in genealogy led to confirmation that this
branch of my family is descended from John Alden
and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower. He also
wrote a book on the Spangler family history, and was a member of both the
Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the War of 1812.
The Muskingum County Bar Association commented on his death as follows:
Colonel Spangler was a shining example of what one with the early
disadvantages of life could accomplish. He was persistent and patient,
careful and painstaking, and one who valued friendship to a marked degree.
He gained success and prominence by his own efforts and it can be said of
him that he was a self-made man. But he would not have attained to such
heights had it not been for his extraordinary ability. Much can be said
of his many admirable qualities and his character as a man and a citizen,
but it is sufficient to say that there is no one in our community who
enjoyed a wider and more prominent position in public esteem and regard
than did he ...
A recognized figure for so many years, Colonel Spangler became synonymous
with Zanesville and all the good and progressive things in it. He will
be missed greatly, but the things that he did, the things that he said,
his many kind acts, will live as monuments of his honest endeavor.
Not as we take, but as we give
Not as we pray, but as we live
These are things that make for peace
Both now and after time shall cease.
Source: Walter S. Finley, ed. "Spangler and Allied Families", Americana vol XXXI No.2, 1937