Death if Popular Member of
William Harrison Tittle, for the past three and a half years a member of the
Chattanooga Police department, died yesterday morning shortly after 9 o'clock at
his home on Whiteside street, of smallpox. Officer Tittle had been sick only a
short time, and his death is quite a shock to his many friends and acquaintances
in this city. Mr. Tittle was on duty last Thursday morning in South Chattanooga,
when he became suddenly ill and reported off duty. He went at once to his home
and soon developed symptoms of smallpox. Dr. Sims was called in attendance, but
Mr. Tittle continually grew worse and his death came yesterday morning. Owing to
the contagious character of the disease, it was impossible for his friends and
the remaining members of the police force, except those who were immune to be
present during his illness or after his death.
The health authorities were summoned to his home and arrangements have
been completed for the funeral this morning. He will be buried at 10 o'clock
this morning in the family burying ground at the old homestead near Wauhatchie.
He leaves a wife and four children, three girls and one boy, all small.
Officer Tittle was about 40 years of age and was born in Georgia, just
across the state line from Wauhatchie. He came to this city several years ago
and engaged in business here. He was elected patrolman in September 1899, and
has made a very efficient officer. Chief Hill, in speaking of his services
"I regard him as one of the most efficient and faithful officers on
the force. He was fearless in the discharge of his duty and obeyed his orders
willingly. He was popular with every one and was well liked by his brother
A meeting of the Police Benefit association has been called by the
president, Officer Kerr, for 3 o'clock this afternoon to take action in regard
to Officer Tittle's death.
Out of respect to Mr. Tittle, police headquarters were draped yesterday
and the city court adjourned immediately on being convened.
Chattanooga Times Thursday April 30, 1903
Note: Son of David F. & Margaret Nabors Tittle. Husband of Mary Thompson
by Anne Templeton Wilson