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tucky, where he was born at Vine Grove on September 30, 1875. He is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1909, when she was Miss Ada Prudden, and one son, Julian.
SAMUEL DOUGLAS. In Colville on November 14, 1914, Samuel Douglas, for thirty years a prominent member of the Stevens County bar and a resident of Washington for thirty-one years, died at the Colville Hospital after a week's illness of hemorrhage of the stomach. He was born in Alabama and was fifty-eight years of age at the time of his death. He spent his boyhood in Pennsylvania, whence the family removed to Spokane in 1883. He was Grand Master of the Odd Fellows of the state and was the first attorney to establish a law office at the county seat of Stevens County. In 1884 he was elected probate judge of the county, which then included all of Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties. In 1886 he was Superintendent of Schools, the only public ofice which he held. He took an active part in organizing large industrial enterprises for that part of the state. He died a bachelor.
CHARLES WESLEY DORR. In Seattle on December 8, 1914, Charles Wesley Dorr, one of the most prominent men in the state, died after an illness extending over three months and brought on by Bright's disease. He was born in Kewanee County, Illinois, January 18, 1856. He removed to Des Moines, Iowa, from which city, after practicing law a few years, he came to Washington territory in 1888, and located in Bellingham (then called Whatcom). He was elected to the state Senate in 1894 from the Bellingham district and served throughout the sessions of 1895 and 1897. In 1900 he served as Chairman of the Republican State Convention held at Tacoma, when the late John M. Frink was nominated for governor, and who was defeated by Governor John R. Rogers, who was re-elected. In 1891, Mr. Dorr formed a partnership with Hiram E. Hadley, later elected to the Superior Court of Whatcom County and then to the Supreme Court of the state, and with Lin H. Hadley, now a representative in Congress from the Second District of Washington, the firm name being Dorr, Hadley & Hadley. On the retirement of Judge Hadley from the Supreme bench, he and Mr. Dorr resumed their partnership and opened offices in Seattle. Mr. Dorr was deservedly popular and was an important factor in Republican politics.
THOMAS A. MEADE. In Seattle on March 25, 1915, Thomas A. Meade, forty-two years old, and an active practitioner in that city, died of acute pneumonia, leaving surviving him his widow and a five-year-old son. He was a native of Philadelphia, where he practiced law and was interested in state militia work. From that city he went to Texas for his health. He came to Seattle seven years prior to his death.
WILLIAM H. DUNPHY. In Walla Walla on April 7, 1915, Col. William H, Dunphy died of apoplexy at the age of fifty-five. He had been in turn a locomotive engineer, a receiver of public moneys at the United States land office at Walla Walla and an active practitioner at the bar. He was born in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, on June 29, 1860. In that city he was graduated from the high school in 1876. He came West in 1888. In 1894 he was appointed by President Cleveland as receiver of public moneys at Walla Walla, and in October 1896, he was ad. mitted to the bar by the Supreme Court. On November 4, 1896, he was married to Mary Helen Lyons, who, together with their six children, survives him. In 1898 he engaged in the practice of law in Walla Walla with Hon. F. A. Garrecht, now United States Attorney, as his partner. In 1907 Mr. Marvin Evans joined the firm, which thereby became Dunphy, Evans & Garrecht. Col. Dunphy took an active interest in political affairs. He served as national committeeman in 1900 to 1904, and again from 1908 to 1912.
He was one of the most popular of the Democratic leaders in this state. He did not seek office for himself, but was always ready to assist his friends in securing political honors. He enjoyed extensive popularity throughout the state and his death was extensively mourned.
JAMES WESTON LANGLEY. In Seattle on April 22, 1915, Col. James Weston Langley died at the age of seventy-nine. He was a native of Erie County, Pennsyl. vania, where he was born on January 17, 1836. In 1854 his parents removed to Champaign County, Illinois. For two or three years young Langley taught public school. In 1857 he entered the law office of the late Gen. John M. Palmer, where he was admitted to practice in 1859 in the town of Champaign. He continued in practice until the Civil War broke out, when he enlisted in the Union army and was mustered into service at Danville on September 4, 1862, as Lieutenant Colonel of the 125th Illinois Infantry. He saw extensive servic in the war and was breveted Brigadier General, but he always preferred to be known simply as Col. Langley, notwithstanding that he had commanded a brigade for about ten months before the muster out. At the close of the war he resumed the practice of law and was elected judge of the County Court. In 1870 he was elected to the state Senate of Illinois, and in 1877 was elected judge of Champaign County, which position he held for twelve years. He resigned it to
come to Seattle. He resumed the practice of law in Seattle, and in 1892 was elected to the Superior bench.
On June 4, 1861, he was married to Jeannette J. Young, a native of Champaign County, Illinois. One child, Celeste, the deceased wife of H. B. Slausson, an attorney of Seattle, was the sole fruit of this union. He served as Commander of John F. Miller Post, No. 31, Department of Washington and Alaska, Grand Army of the Republic, also as aide-de-camp to the national commander, and a term as a member of the National Council of Administration, besides serving as commander of the military order of the Loyal Legion for Washington and Alaska. Judge Langley had been in ill health for several years preceding his death and had retired from active practice.
JOHN E. HUMPHRIES. Hon. John E. Humphries, one of the judges of the Superior Court of King County, having on the 29th of May, 1915, departed this life at his home in Seattle, his brethren of the bench and bar, assembled at the Court House on June 12, 1915, bowing submissively to the will of Providence, paid this tribute of respect to his memory:
Born on March 17, 1852, at Calhoun, Illinois, he became fatherless at the age of two years, and dependent upon the care and the exertions of his widowed mother, to whom but little of the world's wealth was left by the deceased husband, Francis McFarland Humphries, who had been a lawyer and had exemplified the truth of the saying, current in the legal profession, that lawyers work hard, live well and die poor. The boy was from the outset trained to self-denial, economy and industry, which he practiced through life. He received his education in the common schools of Illinois and Indiana; meanwhile working on farms and in grocery stores and assisted his mother to hold the little household together. After being graduated from high school he began teaching, and was soon in possession of funds sufficient to enable him to enter the Indiana State University. At the age of twenty he was admitted to the bar at Rockville, Indiana.
He soon became deputy prosecuting attorney of Parks county, of which that town is the county seat. In 1878 he removed to Crawfordsville, in that state, where he continued to practice until he removed to Seattle in 1889. In Crawfordsville he was married to Miss Estelle M. Preshman, who survives him.
During the twenty-six years of his life in Seattle it may be said, with substantial accuracy, that John E. Humphries did not devote many days to recreation; to keep constantly at work was with him such an ingrained habit that he was unconsciously a slave to it. His untimely end was hastened by his refusal to heed the advice of his physician, and the entreaties of his brother judges, to remain away from the Court House until he had fully recovered from the effects of ptomaine poisoning, which had brought on a serious illness. Having the utmost faith in the enduring strength of a constitution which had never been sapped or weakened by the use of tobacco or liquor, nor by indulgence in any form of dissipation except that of incessant toil, he confidently counted upon a long life of service on the bench, and he felt assured that his devotion to the public interests would, in time, be rewarded by promotion from the trial to the Appellate Court.
At the bar his brethren never had cause to complain of any unfairness on his part; nor did his clients have reason to fear any neglect; if fault he had, it was that of overloading his case. On the bench he was most considerate of the wishes and the convenience of the counsel.
John E. Humphries was a man without malice. His disposition was kindly in the highest degree. As a loyal and devoted husband, as a patriotic citizen, as an honorable practitioner at the bar for forty years, and as a learned and impartial judge on the bench, he lived a life of usefulness without a stain, and his brethren mourn his passing away. To his bereaved companion in life they respectfully tender the assurance of their unfeigned sympathy.
W. A. RENEAU. At Wenatchee on June 6, 1914, before our last annual session, but without information of it, W. A. Reneau died. He was born in January, 1850, in the state of Mississippi, whence he removed to Texas and thence to Kansas. He was married in the city of Washington to Miss Avarilla Wessel about twenty-three years ago; four children being born to this union, namely, Lock, now aged 22; Lelah, now 19; Raymond, now 17, and Emily, now 10 years old. The committee is indebted to our good friend, Sam B. Hill, of the Waterville bar, for this interesting sketch of Mr. Reneau:
Mr. Reneau was located in Ellensburg for the practice of law before he came to Waterville, and I am quite sure that he came from Ft. Dodge, Kansas, where he was engaged in the law, to Ellensburg, and that from the latter place he came to Waterville.
I have heard Mr. Reneau talk a number of times of his early life in Mississippi and of his experiences on cattle ranches in Texas; but I can give no detailed information, except that he was of French lineage; that his family was quite well-to-do financially before the Civil War, and perhaps afterwards also; that his family was of the aristocratic type of the "Old South"; that he was reared in affluence, well educated by private tutors, and was admitted to the bar in the state of Mississippi. He rode to hounds, enjoyed a horse race and found pleasant diversion in a game of poker now and then. In his early manhood, responding, I presume, to the call of the West, he came to Western Texas and rode the range as a “cowboy” over parts of Western Texas, Western Oklahoma and Southern Kansas. Later, he went to Ft. Dodge, Kansas, when that town was typically frontier in aspect and character, and practiced law there for a few years. I think he came from Kansas direct to Ellensburg, Washington, but he may have stopped for a while in Colorado.
Normally, Mr. Reneau was of strong physique. He possessed a commanding figure and fairly radiated the air of being to the "manor born,” a gentleman and a scholar. He was often termed the Nestor of the bar of this part of the state. He had a broad, comprehensive and logical mind, a firm hold of legal principles, which, combined with an almost phenomenal aptitude for remembering facts, and a fluency of forceful speech, won for him recognition as a safe and strong advocate before the courts. Mr. Reneau was fearlessly frank and open and had a keen sense of honor. There was never any doubt as to his attitude on matters of public concern.
LENOS J. RICKARD. In Tacoma on June 25, 1915, Lenos J. Rickard, a Seattle attorney, died of a general breakdown. He was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in 1872. He came to Seattle in 1889, and was employed by Chester Cleary; he afterwards entered the law office of Ira Bronson as a law student and stenographer. He remained with Mr. Bronson, as chief clerk, until the Klondike rush in 1897, when he cast his fortune with so many other Seattle people in the gold rush to Dawson, His health was permanently broken by his Yukon experience; and, after attempting, without much success, to regain it in California, he returned to Seattle in 1899 and took care of the office work in Mr. Jay C. Allen's law office from that time until his death.
His unfailing courtesy and kindly disposition caused him to be liked by all with whom he came in contact. He was a favorite in social circles and a leader among the younger society folk. A promising career was cut short by ill health and premature death.
GEORGE W. HOLCOMB. An Associated Press dispatch from Washington, New York, under date of July 16, 1915, stated that George W. Holcomb, formerly of this state, had been instantly killed on the previous day in an automobile accident. He was sixty-five years of age and a native of San Diego, California. The town of Holcomb, in Pacific County, Washington, is named for him. In later years he devoted his energies to the financing of tracts of land in Washington and in Florida. At the time of his death he was residing in the city of New York.
THOMAS R. MATTISON. In Tacoma on August 7, 1915, Thomas R. Mattison, formerly police judge in that city and a resident thereof for twenty-six years, passed