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7 Dec 1893

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7 Dec 1893

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Bloomington World (Newspaper) - December 7, 1893, Bloomington, Indiana Ipltliipiiiw1 the a anniversary edition. Yol. 2.-n0.i. The lawyers of Odb Oty Are men of High rank Bloomington Indiana thursday morning december 7,1893. When we Are in trouble we pour our tales of woe into their ears and they give us Hope. Men of Safe Cour Sel and sound judgment their names and fames Are not bounded by state lines. I the court House in Bloomington is a modest building whose Walls have echoed and re echoed with the voices of Many of Indiana s Ablest attorneys living and dead. The older citizens Delight to Tell the younger generation of the Days when such men As Paris Dunning. James Hughes a quotes Whit comb George w. Friedley judge Wilson Crafin p. He iter George a. Buskirk Willis a. Gorman and John Watts struggled for the Success of their clients in Monroe county s Temple of Justice. Amon it i he was elected judge by a plurality of Lour Hundred and Lily in a District that is Tepu it lie ii by seven Hundred. He is the eldest son and second child of Thomas s. And Mahala Braden Miers natives of Indiana i and was Bora january 27, 1848, in Decatur county ind. His father until 1880 when the family moved to Greensburg the county stat. The subject of this sketch was roared on tie old Home farm and received a Good education in the District Sci ools. When sixteen years of age he began Leach King in his native county. During the three Sucht edenic Winters he attended the non resident attorneys who school at Vilart Sivillo ind., and in Quot in the sell Ember 18 b entered the state i Urivi Misity whence lie graduated in frequently practice Here Good old Days Quot were George Dunn . One year i Arr he graduated general Rosseau judges Claypool. Vivoni the Liivi Despai Tien and in Livingston and Eckels and Many the Lak following was admitted to Quot tiie first letters of adn Ginistra granted at Llie Iasi Rich l it others who names and fames were not bounded by state lines. The first term of the Monroe circuit court was held on the first monday of june 1818. At t be Home of Abner Blair by Hon. Thomas Blake judge find Joseph Berry and Lewis Noel associate judges. The first act of the court was to ascertain what damage would result by the erection of a Mill and dam on the land of Robert Hamilton on Clear Creek. The first probate court was held on the 31st Day of August 1818 by Joseph Berry and Lewis Noel associate justices. The Only business trn useted at that term was As follows on motion of Eli Lee it was Quot ordered that William Dorsey infant son of Joseph Dorsey deceased and Sarah Dorsey born a january 24, 1811, he bound unto Eli Lee and Sarah Lee until he arrives at the age of Twenty one years to learn the Art of agriculture. Tion were term 1819, to Lory Loving on the estate of John Loving deceased. Prom those Early Days to the present the Bloomington bar has had an enviable reputation. In eloquence and Legal knowledge its members always ranked among the first and this fact is As True in 189o As it was in the Days of Yore. It is our purpose in this article to briefly give a biographical sketch of the Active members of the Blooming ton bar. There Ava several members residing in the county who have retired Froni practice. Among them is general Morton Hunter who Forn Erly had one Side or the Quot other in almost every important suit in the Monroe circuit court. Full of years and crowned with Honor he has retired irom the forum where his ability won Many a hard for tight contest. Hon. James s. Williams of Stinesville formerly practice at this bar and he. Is now actively engaged in developing the Stone interests of the county with idea quarters at Stinesville. Others who have retired from Active practice might be rent Bojied but Lack of space bids us to enter at once into the biographies of the Active members. Below we give a biographical sket Cli of the t>ic6ent Jude of this Judic Lul circuit and this i8 billowed by the sketch be of the lives and deeds of the practising attorneys of the Bloomington bar and the go Thea Are arranged in the order of the Ages of the Attr treys oldest dust and so on Down the list. Judge Robert w. Miers the Best known citizen of Monroe county is judge Robert w. Miers. Few men in Indiana have a wider acquaintance in the state e present judge of the Al or out. He is pop i All a lasses and has never to Mafli in which he did not of his in 1890 the regular practice at. Blooming ton. In the apr iii of 1s74 he be jul Itje Robert w. Miezis. Came the partner of judge Echols and in the fail was elected prosecuting attorney and re elected in 187<3. He was elected As a member of the legislature in 1878 and in the session of 187> served with Honor to Hini Solt and cd Dit to his Difurio. La april ls8. F Lew As appointed by governor Gray As judge of t he tenth Judie ii circuit to will the vacancy caused by the death of judge Francis Wilson and served until the next election. His Brief administration As Julge was an exceedingly satisfactory one and at its close he returned to the practice to remain until the people called upon him in 18ik to again Wear the judicial Ermine. In february 1870 he formed a partnership with Hon. John Louden which continued until 1886, when he wan a candidate for Secretary of state. Again in 1888 his party in state convention gave Lum the nomination but As in 1886, his party was Defeated. In 1887 he formed a partnership with Edwin Corr now assistant District attorney for Indiana which lasted until his Elevation to the a Inch in 185 0. From 187to 1890 judge Miers was one of the trustees of the state University. In his Legal contests he was True to his clients interests and at the same time he held the highest respect and esteem of the opposite Side. The firms with which he was connected always had lucrative j practice and his stir vices on the Bench have Given the greatest satisfaction to All parties concerned. On May 9, 1872, he married Bliss Belle Ryors daughter of or. Ryors sex president of the state University. Thev have two children. Bertha and f Aniel Kirk Wood. Judge Miers is an Active member of the Walnut Street presbyterian Church and in politics is demo Mic. Major jamk8 Mulkev a native of Indiana was born on. October 4,1827, in Crwford county. His parents James and Elisabeth Wyman Mulky natives of Kentucky wore married in 1815, and located on a farm in Crawford county. Ind., remaining until 1834, when they removed to a farm in Washington township Monroe county. The father s death occur de in september 1851 the Mother died in june 1867. James Mulky is the second son and fifth child in the family. He was reared in Monroe county whore he attended subscription schools and when he was sixteen years of age he want to a school near Miltown ind. To learn English grammar where he remained for five Man Tea. In May 1844, he began teaching subscription schools in Owen county continuing for nine months. In the january following he entered the state University and remained until october when he went to Georgetown ind., and taught school for some time. He then enlisted in company a. Second regiment Spencer Grays of new Albany for the mexican War and served one year. At the Battle of Buena Vista he was severely wounded while in the discharge of his duties. In july 1847, he received his discharge and returned Home where he began teaching again in Monroe county and three months later he went to Spencer and taught in the old county Seminary for six i months. He went thence to Iowa in May 1848 and entered 160 acres of land near Knoxville Marion county returning thence to Spencer he took charge of his father s farm. In 1852, he came to Bloomington and entered the drug business then Farmed a while alter Ward returning to Bloomington he entered the Law depart sent in the state University whence he graduated in 1858. He then formed a partnership with the Hon. James Hughes in the regular practice and one year later. Or. Hughes being appointed judge of the court of claims at Washington City he formed a partnership with prof. John Young with whom he continued for one year. In july 1861, he was commissioned colonel of the Indiana legion Aud in May 1862, he was appointed major in the fifty Faith Indiana volunteers in february 18 a he was appointed Provost marshal of third Indiana District and served for ten months. He then returned to Blo Winington entered the regular practice acid is at present so engaged doing a lucrative business. In 1885, he Yas elected mayor of the City. He is now a Large Stone operator and is actively engaged As one of the managers of the Oolitic Stone company of Bloomington. On May 31, 1853, he was married to Mary j. Cofiey of Monroe county. They have had six children three of whom Are living Horace b., James o. And Frank l. Maj. Mulky is a member of the a., f. Amp a. M., Aud politically a Republican but was originally a whig acid he and wife Are members of the methodist Church. Richard a. Fulk state senator was born on the Lith Day of August Issy in Indian Creek township Monroe county Indiana. His parents Are both dead. The Liiv to name of iii father was Adam that of his Mother was Elizabeth. There were seven children in the family Foiter boys and three girls. His Mother died in 1859 and his father in 1851. He went to Sui it ascription schools Tau Glit by Thomas j. Carmichael and to one taught by Jacob Young. He lived with his father until 1850. In 1847 his father removed to Jas Jar county aio., returning to Indian Creek township Monroe county in 1850, Young Richard Arcoui paying Hon he commen Ceil Vorkink Quot a for Peter car Michael on the first Day of Jan. 1851, Antl worked for Hin for six months fur $50 and Lii to. Quot Bofird washing and he worked next for we. Jones it son at their Mill and on their farm from August 1851 until july 1852, and irom july to october of that year he worked for Sutherland it Jones battling goods from Joliet 111, to this Eity i Hen on the 15th of onto bin 1852, he Leonii fenced work at tie Carpenter s Trade Foi Jacol Izrayl Eal on Hebron Church Indian Creek township. He was married in Smi Cliville on the 23r l of .Jan., 1855, to Mary Helton and was elected Justice of the peace in april of the same year. On the 1st Dikiy of april 1857 he moved to this City where he has since resided. He was elected sheriff in 1870, served okie term Aud then entered Law school of the state University in 1872, Gnu dating therefrom in 187j practice Law until 1879, when he took charge of the Anil Tor s Othic of the county having been elected thereto the previous year. He was elated state senator the m the counties of Bartholomew Brown and Monroe in 181k. His Law partners have been respectively w. A. Foland j. B. Mulcy and Edwin it or his present Mirtner. To has been through All the chairs in Subo Idunate and Encampment it Les in Odd Fellowship Atid is one of elders in the Christian Churchi. Senator Fulk is a ready talker and is an excellent Campaign speaker. He knows nearly everybody in the county and this a is a great Aid in Bis Large Law k. Millen a native of Monroe county Indiana was born february 2<i, 18�7, two Miles North of Bloomington. His parents. James and Hannah Millen Millen natives of Houth Carolina came to Monroe Bounty in 1834, and located on a farm Bloomington where the father continued until 1838, afterwards moving to Bloomington but still managing his farm until 1854, when he purchased a general merchandise Stock. He continued in this business for sixteen years then sold out and at prese Ift resides in Bloomington. The fun sect of this sketch is the youngest of three children and of amp a reared in Blooming ton. When twelve years of age he entered the preparatory department of state University and four years later he entered the Law department from which he graduated in the Spring of 1858. In the following fall he was elected prosecuting attorney for the District comprising Monroe Brown and Morgan counties in which capacity be served for two years after which he began the regular practice of Law and at present is successfully engaged in the same. Or. Millen is considered one of the Best posted attorneys i Bloomington. A his first Law partnership was with the late general j. B. Lowe which continued until within a year or two of the general s death. He next formed a partnership with w. L. Greene lasting through the year 1877, when or. Greene moved to Nebraska and was shortly there iii ter elected attorney general on the populist ticket. In 1882 lie formed a Law partnership with col. W. C. L. Taylor. Or. Millen was to the bar in 1858, at this City making him therefore the next to the oldest Active Pra at this bar major jul lev having begun the practice a year or two previously. He has never married although several beguiling chances of Matrimony have been offered. He is a Democrat Quot from ii Way Back Quot of the Suade it and safest school and began voting the democratic ticket at the Early age of seventeen years. He has never Felt therefore that it was his duty to join any other religious organization. Quot John Louden was born november 24, 1837. In a Juniata county Penn. His parents James and Jane Thompson Louden were natives of Ireland and of scotch Irish extraction. The were reared in Londonderry county where in 1829 they were married coming to this country four year were in Pennsylvia Nia for one year and then came to Indiana locating in Fayette county near Connersville where the father at present resides the Mother having died in 1846.the father an elder in the reformed presbyterian Church and has done much toward maintaining its principles. John the Elde St son and child was reared on Tho farm in the Winter attending the a strict school until eighteen years of age vhf in he entered Dunlapsville a Ademy. He remained Abr two years when he came to Bloomington Monroe coun to and entered the state University. In 1861 and 1862 he taught school in Vienna Rush county during the Winters and in the summer of 1862 i it Egan Reading Law with Ludge read of lie assist during the same summer in Nissing company of volunteers for the fifth Indiana cavalry. He went to Indianapolis Avith them later on hut being taken sick was obliged to return to his Home. In March 1863, he married Lizzie Hennip Fiill daughter of James Hemphill i Hoy have two sons and one Daug liter. In july after his marriage he Touk his wife to Bloomington Monroe county in Liana with the intention of completing his studies. He Iliad for some time charge of the Republican the Only newspaper at that time published in Bloomington. In the meantime he commenced attendance at Quot High school Quot taught in Bedford two Miles from his Home to which he walked taking his dinner in his pocket helping to do the feeding and other necessary chores night and morning and assisting in the labors of the farms on saturdays. With such surroundings he developed a renin Vrka Bly Strong and vigorous Constitution a Fine physique and such mental Powers As he posies fees. At 18 he was six feet ten inches tall straight As an Arrow and weighed 180 Quot pounds. He never had any Bones broken in his life hazarded by base Ball or foot Ball but found abundant healthful exercise in the Good old fashioned games of Quot town Ball Quot Quot Bull pen Quot Quot cat Quot Quot Baste Quot Quot marbles Quot Quot Vinicks Quot and Quot Shinnie Quot and As he grew older he had considerable experience in that most healthful commendable invigorating though venerable recreation of sparking sunday night. Quot his parents William Duncan and Mary Malott Durisin were both natives of Jeff Erst a county Kentucky the family of the former coming irom Virginia the latter from Hagerstown Maryland. Both were far above the average both physically and intellectually of Fine social art3, in orally and religiously honest. Their House was always the the Home of the poor and unfortunate. After having celebrated their Golden wed Dinar in Ripe old age they were gathered to their fathers. Judge Duncan alter having served his country by fighting under the stars and stripes during the civil v. A returned to College in this place and graduated in the class of 1868. He then read Khiav with Moses f. Dunn and graduated in the Law Cla amps of i. U. In 1870, under the eminent Jurist judge Bicknell and immediately entered into the prac tic i and with what Success and m hat ability the citizens of Monroe county know. He was married to miss Sadie Cummings dec. 11,1872, and Movell to this City in dec. 1874, and has resided Here continually since that time. As a lawyer he is careful painstaking and wedded to the interest of his clients. Is Quot Good on paper Quot and excels in the introduction of evidence and the Cross examination of the witness. His practice is Large and increasing. In All the years of his practice he never had but three partners Moses f. Dunn John w. Buskirk acid Ira Batmani he was with or. Buskirk 13 years. He has been City attorney prosecuting attorney and judge of the circuit court. Or. Duncan s birth i it lace was a log House in Lawrence county. Politically he is a Republican at All times and under All urdu stances. He is a member of the Christian Church the g. A. R., the of and a. M., and is fort eight years old. Hon. John East. Of the Best jury. 4 and is remark s John r East was born May 11, 1845, in Milian Creek township a Monroe co Unity Indiana. He is the third son and fourth child of we. And Eveline Wall East. His lather came to move of county in 1828 and settled in Indian Creek township. The subject of this sketch rec need the rudiments of a common school education Ami began teaching school alien seventeen years of at. In f Briary 1864, be enlisted in company i fifty ninth Indiana volunteers under Ajit. Graves serving Abr one year and a half. He took part in the Battles at Altoona and Sheik it Ard s banding and Many hed with Sherman to tiie sea. On july 17, 18 i5, he received an honorable having been a promoted to the position of sergeant i r 1 it 1 i of his company. He then returned i . Teaching. In in l8a-64 he was in the Law de a in Rich 1869, he came to Blooming apartment or the state Unn Rosity 1entered the Law office of judge and graduated in the Spring o 1864. Ujj ,.,Kirk, and continued until immediately being admitted to the the following fall when he entered bar he began the re Tilar practice the Law department of the state in Bloomington. He has been in partnership with John m. Mccoy now of Dallas Texas with Frank Wilson and the Hon. Dunn and in february 187t5, he entered into a partnership with . Miers which firm continued until 1886, at which time he Fon hed a partnership with William p. Rogers which continued until the latter s election As professor of Law in the state University in 1892. He then formed a a Rene ship with Hia sons Theodore and William under the name of Louden amp Louden which firm is one of the most substantial firms of the Monroe county bar. He has never been a candidate for office but devotes himself with the utmost Zeal to his profession and is one of Indiana s most eminent practitioners. Henry Clay Duncan the subject of this sketch like a majority of lawyers of Middle and a i Vance age was born and Rankl on a farm. His Early educational and Van tinges wore such As the District schools of Bouthern Indiana offered thirty five or forty years ago sup lenient de by two or three Winters University from Wieb he graduated in february 1870. He then formed a Partite ship with Lames Rogers deceased in the regular it practice continuing Tor about nine months when he assumed the duties of county clerk to which office he had win eth item in the october before. This Ottice he Filleul Suci Ess fully for four years and then resumed the practice of Law and had Tor his different partners Hon. V. W. Henderson us cease Ltd and col. W. C. L. Taylor to of iii Layette. In october 1878, he was appointed proct uting attorney of the tenth judicial District and served one year remaining in the practice alone until 1882, when he formed a partnership m Ith his Bra it Thor William East. This continued Abr Almut five years when Tho Subj tit of this sketch removed to l Indianu a oils where he accepted the Stive Agency of the Etna Iati ins Nince company. In about one year to return Oil to his first love Felon mint a Sherii he again in Tenil actively into the practice. In 189s he formed a partnership wit i Robert a Miller under the Lar iii name of East 1er. Or. East is one lawyers in the state and ably successful in his practice on March 22,1866, he was Maried to miss Matilu j. Binkley daughter of Christian and Kosaz no Binkley respected residents of Mon Roe county. They have had six children George j. Deceased rtt fus h., Mattie Van wee William c., John r., deceased and Eva l he joined the k. Of p. About then years ago has passed through the chairs . O. O. F., is a member of the methodist Churchy and politically believes that the Tariff is a tax and that the consumer pays it. He is the author of Quot Theophilus Wallop Quot a novel that met with a Lai pcs Sale and during the Campaign of 1888 published a democratic Campaign song Book that netted it it author a neat Ambrose m. Cunning is also an alumnus of Indiana University and has always been a Champion for his Alma mater. He graduated Here in 1868, in his Twenty third year. He came to Bloomington As a student however 5 in his a eighteenth year. Prior to his matriculation As a student Here he attended country schools and during his attendance at College he taught three District schools and it did six months work As teacher the High school at Martinsville. He also taught two or. Three years % As Tutor in the state University some of the old catalogues containing his name accordingly. V after his graduation in 68j As s narrated he read Law with judge Cyrus f. Mcnutt at Martinsville then went to Brown county and completed his preliminary Law studies under James s. Hester Quot Ono of the brightest men i Ever met said judge cunning As his thoughts became Rem inessential under the fire of questions a of the representative and As his gratitude arose in his breast for nor Terance. Judge cunning began the Active practice of his profession in 1870, with Alfred Ennis of Martinsville during the same year he changed his location to Spencer ind., and formed a Law partnership with a a judge John Robinson. He returned to Martinsville in the following year and formed a Law partnership with m. H. Parks common a by known As quoth Quot Parks and we a in partnership with or. Park Al it of three years we Elia fifteenth judicial circuit composed a i then of Morgan Owen and Greene counties carrying every county in the circuit by handsome this was the special election or 1873. In 1874 he was re elected to the same office by a majority of 1700, an increase in majority of nearly one thousand votes. At the time of his Elevation to the Bench he was in the enjoyment of a Large practice hot Only at Marins Taille Butin the Brown circuit court As Well. At that time lie had Able and popular Law partners at Nash Ville and Martinsville. Among these partners were we. Walt Man and Hon. W. W. Browning at Nashville and Hon. C. E. Davis at Martinsville. He was elected circuit judge in 1882. The District was Republican but judge cunning s popularity Giuong the masses enabled him to carry the District by a Safe majority. In Tho same District the ii publican candidate for it prosecutor. Capt. John 1. Alexander was elected that year by a Large majority. He served out the full six years of his term with credit to himself and friends and satisfaction to the Public. His More exalted judicial honors were antedated by Otticia positions of lesser response cities connected intimately \ with his chosen profession. He moved to Bloomington As All our readers know in 1x91, since which time he has been actively engaged in the practice of Law and has Al i Eady built up a Good business his professional Success let eing Well known to the pubic. In 1890 he was married to i. Maud e showers and their residence at the Corner of sixth and Lincoln streets is one of the handsomest in the City. William East a native of Monroe county ind., was born june 12.1852, in Indian Creek township. His parents Wyllian and Evaline Wall Raat natives of North Carolina and Tennessee. Our subject a the Young est child in a family of even children and was reared on to the old Home farm in Indian Creek township. He received a education and at the Ime of eighteen he entered the printing Othoe of Thomas Purcell and after staying with him for a year he found the occult action distasteful and he Theo. Commenced teaching Mahool. He followed this until 1s74, when he became Deputy county Merk in which position he served until the exp brition of one term of Olio a i Mil Jiw new of Fuwk ii a r a a

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