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to his death he practiced alone. He held high rank in Kittitas County as a man of courage, firm friend and fearless advocate, besides being an ideal husband and father.
CHARLES B. REYNOLDS. November 25, 1915, at Centralia, a well-known member of the Lewis County bar, Charles B. Reynolds, passed away. He was born in Waterloo, New York, April 12, 1846. In 1875 he was admitted to the practice of law in the state of New York and practiced for three years in the city of his birth. In 1878 he went to Idaho and settled at Lewiston. Three years later he became the owner of the Moscow Mirror in that state and combined journalism with his law practice. In 1884 he was married to Miss Mary E. Ekey, who, with one daughter, Miss Vera T. Reynolds, survives him. In 1890 he and his family removed to Centralia. He was deservedly popular throughout the Southwest.
ASAHEL NORTON FITCH. An active practitioner at the Tacoma bar for seventeen years, A. Norton Fitch died in that city on December 7, 1915. He was born in West Groton, Tompkins County, New York, on August 28, 1847. At an early age he exhibited marked literary ability. At fourteen he published a poem, which was followed by essays, humorous sketches and miscellaneous articles. His Farewell to the Muse was an additional verse to the song "Rocked In the Cradle of the Deep." This verse was published by the publishers of the song, who promised to bring it out in their first now issue. He entered Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 1867. During his freshman year Cornell University opened its doors, and at the beginning of his sophomore year he entered the latter institution and remained there the three following years, being graduated in 1871. He was elected poet of his class and at the Class Day exercises read a poem entitled "Dreams," the thread of its argument being: Men dream, cities dream, nations dream, the awakenings being either sorrowful or joyful, according to the condition of the dreamer of the dreams. Poetry is so scarce among the legal fraternity that it will not bo amiss to quote a little from that poem:
"As children see the sun-bright mist
Come down to earth, and wonder
It still is yonder.
Our fame or fortune seeing,
"In vain does our experience chide,
In vain arrest our teachers,
“We will not learn the truth and bow;
Joy always comes tomorrow;
That brings the sorrow."
Following his graduation, he taught in the old Leicester Academy, Massachusetts, from which he was called to the principalship of the Groton Academy, which he had attended as a boy. Springing from a line of lawyers, he turned to the legal profession and abandoned teaching. In 1874 he took a course in the Albany Law School, from which he received his diploma in 1887. He practiced law in Rochester, New York, and wrote a text book on commercial law at the solicitation of a publishing house in that city. He also wrote a work on civil government. In 1887 he came to Tacoma and joined in the establishment of the Traders' Bank in that city, the presidency of which he held until its failure in the panic of 1893. In that year ho was married to Miss Helen W. Hooker, of Rochester, New York, who survives him. He then formed a law partnership with George H. Walker, which was terminated several years later by Mr. Walker's removal to Seattle. This was followed by a law partnership with J. H. Harris, and later on with A. M. Arntson, which was maintained until his death. In Tacoma he served as park commissioner and as president of the Chamber of Commerce.
A. H. GARRETSON. January 2, 1916, pneumonia carried off one of the well-known members of the Tacoma bar, A. H. Garretson. He was a native of Iowa and raised on a farm. He was sixty-eight years of age at the time of his death. He came to Tacoma in 1883, but after a few months' residence there, returned to his home in Iowa. In 1887 he came back to Tacoma, where in the year 1890 he was elected to the House of Representatives. He missed by three votes the nomination for attorney general in a caucus held in Ellensburg in 1892. He is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.
WELLINGTON CLARK. In Los Angeles, California, January 11, 1916, died Wellington Clark, speaker of the Washington Territorial House of Representatives in 1886, prosecuting attorney of Walla Walla County for two years, and long prominent in Republican politics in Washington. He was born in Marysville, California, September 3, 1860; studied law in the offices of his cousin, the celebrated Creed Haymond, chief counsel
for the Southern Pacific Railroad; later attended the Hastings Law School in San Francisco, which was the law department of the University of California at that time; was admitted to the bar before the graduation of his class, at the age of twenty-one; in 1883 came to Walla Walla and went into partnership with Judge T. J. Anders, later a member of the Supreme Court. When Thomas H. Brents' term as Representative in Congress expired, he joined Judge Anders and Mr. Clark. This partnership continued until 1897, when Brents became judge of the Superior Court. In 1901 Mr. Clark moved to Los Angeles. In 1889 he was married to Miss Alicia Hayden, a daughter of Maj. James R. Hayden, long a resident of Olympia and Seattle. In Los Angeles Mr. Clark practiced law and for several years was vice-president and trust oficer of the Los Angeles Trust & Savings Bank. His health failing, he resigned that position and retired from active practice. He had a beautiful home at Hollywood, where he lived until his death as the result of an operation for appendicitis. He was a most companionable man, a forceful speaker and an able and resourceful lawyer. He devoted a good deal of his time to the interests of the Masonic fraternity. His wife survives him.
JOHN R. PARKER. January 20, 1916, in Seattle, John R. Parker died. He was born in Southern Indiana on July 12, 1847. When seven years of age, the family removed to Northern Illinois, where he grew up on a farm and attended the country schools. He later entered the academy at Sycamore, Illinois, and became a successful teacher, earning his way through Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1861. He became principal of schools at Fulton, Illinois, and subsequently settled in Chicago, where he studied law in the office of Wheaton, Canfield & Smith. He was admitted to the bar in 1875. In that year, on September 29, he was married to Miss Mary Josephine Daniels, a former Hillsdale College student, of Kendallville, Indiana. For twenty-three years he practiced law successfully in Chicago. He was active in Republican politics and a leading officer in Republican clubs. Eighteen years before his death he removed to the Pacific Coast, and four years thereafter settled in Seattle. He is survived by a wife and two sons.
GEORGE D. EMERY. January 12, 1916, in Seattle, George D. Emery died as the result of injuries received when struck by an automobile truck.
He was born in Faribault, Minnesota, in 1853. He had served on the district bench of Hennepin County, Minnesota. Since 1905 he had practiced law in Seattle. He was a gentleman of high culture and considerable of a poet. He is survived by his wife and a son.
JAMES T. BROWN. February 16, 1916, in Colfax, James T. Brown died of heart failure while in conversation on the street with a friend. He had practiced law in Colfax for twenty-eight years and was the oldest member of the bar. Prior to coming to Washington he was a prominent and able practitioner in Nebraska. He made a specialty of criminal law practice. He was active in the affairs of the Republican party, and for some years a leader in the People's party. He served as referee in bankruptcy for a number of years. He was seventy-eight years of age and a native of New York city. He enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War and participated in the siege of Petersburg and other engagements and carried a wound through the rest of his life. He is survived by a wife and two daughters.
SAMUEL G. MURRAY. February 17, 1916, in Seattle, Samuel G. Murray died. He was born in Ohio and lived for many years in Montana, where he was prominent in Republican politics. At one time he was a candidate for the United States senate. He held the office of state superintendent of schools in Montana. About ten years prior to his death he came to Seattle, and entered upon the practice of law. He left a wife and a son and daughter.
W. A. BARR. February 16, 1916, in Seattle, W. A. Barr died of heart trouble. He was a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he practiced law and served a term as district attorney. He was graduated from Princeton College in 1876 and was one of the five honor men of his class, which included Dr. Henry Van Dyke, now the American ambassador to The Netherlands. After graduation, Mr. Barr held the chair of mathematics at Washington and Jefferson University for many years. This he gave up to enter upon the practice of law. He left extensive property interests in Spokane, Kennewick and Seattle. He is survived by a wife, two daughters and two sons.
WILLIAM THOMAS DOVELL. February 25, 1916, in Seattle, a victim of paralysis and pneumonia, William Thomas Dovell succumbed, at the age of forty-seven. His father, John Dovell, settled in Walla Walla in the early 60's, and operated the first planing mill built between Puget Sound and Montana. William Thomas was born in Walla Walla on September 21, 1869. He was graduated from Whitman College and at the time of his death was a member of that college's board of supervisors. He read law and was trained for his career in the office of Allen, Crowley & Thompson,
in Walla Walla. When John B. Allen, after his defeat for re-election to the United States Senate, moved to Seattle, Mr. Dovell followed him and entered into the same firm. He married Miss Ruth, the daughter of Senator Allen. Admitted to the bar on his twenty-irst birthday, he was, at the age of thirty, offered the nomination for the Supreme Court, which he declined. He was a finished orator and had a great liking for political battles. In 1904 he stumped the state for Albert E. Mead for governor and contributed largely to the success which followed. In 1912 he wrote the Republican platform which was adopted in Aberdeen, and he represented the Taft delegation in the contest which took place at the Chicago convention that year. He is survived by Mrs. Dovell, a son and two daughters. His death occasioned deep sorrow, not only in Seattle, but throughout this whole state. The large auditorium of St. Joseph's Catholic church was filled to repletion on the occasion of his funeral, by lawyers, bankers, merchants, professional men of all sorts, and citizens generally, and the scene was the most impressive.
MASON IRWIN. March 6, 1916, in Aberdeen, one of the most popular Superior Judges in the state, Mason Irwin, died. He was born in Mifflington, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1850. He came to Montesano in 1885. He was first married to Eliza D. Newell of Olympia, daughter of Territorial Governor William A. Newell. She lived only a few years and left him no children. In 1894 he was married to Miss Emma Lucile Heplinger, who died a year before him. With her he had five children, who survive him. He served on the Superior bench since 1889, with the exception of the four years between 1896 and 1900. His district first comprised Chehalis, Mason, Thurston and Pacific Counties. It was gradually cut down until it was Chehalis (now Grays Harbor) County only, and five years ago that county was given a second judge, in consequence of which he was considerably relieved of local work and heard cases frequently in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and elsewhere.
[Additional tribute furnished by Attorneys W. H. Abel and J. B. Bridges.]
Judge Mason Irwin, one of the judges of the Superior Court of Washington, for Grays Harbor County, died at his home at Montesano, on March 6th, 1916, after a severe attack of rheumatism, lasting for several months. He was elected to the Superior bench upon the admission of Washington to statehood and served continuously until his death, with the exception of four years, from 1897 to 1901, probably the longest term yet served by any judge.
He was born February 19th, 1850, at Mifflington, Pa., where he was raised, educated, read law, and was later admitted to the bar. He came to the Territory of Washington in the summer of 1885, and