Courtesy of the Fort Smith Public Library

George Tilles, circa 1926, died November 1929. He leased and managed the Opera House in Fort Smith for many years in the late 19th century. Tilles was an entrepreneur at a young age in Fort Smith, taking over the cigar manufacturing and sales business a few years after the death of his father, Louis Tilles, when he died in 1875. At the time, George Tilles — born Sept. 11, 1859 — was only 18. See Talk with Tilles by Nancy Ellen Carver for more information on him and the Tilles family.