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Fraternity of Marietta College, and had the honor of serving as the first National President of this Fraternity when it became a national organization about ten years ago.
Among his fraternal connections may be mentioned those of the Masonic Order in the Council and Commandery of Knights Templar. He was a member of the Shrine, Parkersburg, W. Va., and he helped institute the local organization of Elks in Marietta and always took an active interest and prominent part in the charities and affairs of the order.
In church connections he believed that the individual should choose the church or creed best suited to his needs. He had been a member of the First Congregational Church of Marietta since early manhood, and after his marriage attended the Episcopal Church.
It is as a practicing lawyer and member of the bar that the members of this association for many years had learned to know him and to anticipate the joy of these annual sessions which ever were brightened by his presence and inspired by his discussion of every subject that pertained to its welfare. It is therefore proper that we deal with some particularity upon an analysis of him as a lawyer and characteristics which gave him such prominence in his profession. Hon. Hugh L. Nichols, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, says of him:
“An intimate acquaintance of over twelve years with Dewey Follett left certain lasting impressions on my mind.
"He possessed a wonderfully acute legal mind. In the argument of cases he went at once to the very vitals of the cause, and touched only the high spots. His presentation was uniformly refreshing and persuasive.
“His genial personality always stood him well in hand and made him friends and admirers among the profession all over the state. He maintained a cheerful exterior that evidenced a good and honest heart.
"Men of his type, in these days of great and unsolved problems, are to be parted with only in sorrow and regret, and with a feeling of a painful loss.”
It is my personal observation that in the days of his health he brought to the consideration of the many questions connected with his professional career, a tremendous energy. He was ever alert. His mind was keen, his judgment sound. He was not an indolent lawyer. He labored incessantly, without any regard to his constitution. He not only had a wonderful capacity for labor, but likewise he had an equally remarkable inclination to labor. His was a busy life.
It may truly be said that his work on the Draft Board of Washington County undoubtedly hastened his end. No soldier on the battlefield served his country more faithfully in the work allotted to him.
It almost seemed as if he knew of the great change that was about to come. He felt that the time was at hand to enjoy that for which he had worked and longed all the years. To travel and study was to be the rounding-up of his life. The time had come when he felt that there was no longer any necessity of continued effort for making money and he had planned, with his estimable wife, that as soon as they could obtain passports they were going to make a trip around the world. But this great pleasure was to be denied him. True to the trust confided to him and of his professional engagements, he permitted his strength to be sapped by devotion to the interests of others.
On his social side he was always a leader. In these relations many honors had been conferred upon him. He was welcomed in any company. He had a broad knowledge of music, of literature and the arts.
I consider it a great compliment to be able to truthfully say of him that he was filled with those tender graces which may be known as the humanities, and association with him disclosed that with his excellence as a lawyer was combined his excellence as a playfellow.
In these few incidents may be found the outstanding facts customarily included in a sketch, which, with apologies to the memory of the deceased, is called a memorial. They cannot serve to "bring back to its mansion the fleeting breath,” nor, that composite of body, spirit, manhood and good-fellowship, known to his friends as Dewey Follett.
We feel how unavailing the effort to put flesh and blood into descriptive phrases or the spirit of personal contact into words and names. The painter has colors; the musician blending tones; but the biographer has but words—words—words. If one could combine all these arts with entrancing skill, he could not create even one causal smile, such as radiated at all times from Dewey.
Let us say of him as Sergeant Smith Prentiss said of General Taylor:
“Let us hope that it may be our good fortune to end our days in the same splendor, and that when the evening of Life comes, we may sink to rest with the clouds that close in our departure, gold-tipped with the effulgence of a well-spent life.”
ASAHEL W. JONES
By JAMES P. WILSON, of Youngstown
Those Revolutionary New England Ancestors of ours who migrated in such numbers from Connecticut and other sea-board States to Ohio, in the early days of the Western Reserve, bred a race of virile men, many of them possessing quite characteristic traits of character and sterling qualities; men of strong physical and mental fiber. They laid the foundation broad and liberal upon which much of the polity and welfare of this state has been builded.
From such ancestral stock there sprang in direct descent Asahel W. Jones, a man very large physically and mentally strong; his grandfather came into the wilderness of Trumbull County the year that Ohio became a State. Asa was born in 1838. He was a farmer boy, and like many of the earlier lawyers and not a few of the best lawyers of the State, his apprenticeship consisted of a common school and country academy education, and a law office reading. He was called to the bar at the age of twenty-one; practiced a few years at Warren, Ohio, and then permanently located at Youngstown, in partnership in succession with Thomas W. Sanderson, Robert B. Murray and Hon. W. S. Anderson. He rapidly rose to a position among the leaders of the bar of Northern Ohio and took rank among the foremost and certainly among the most successful lawyers of the State, which he maintained until his retirement a few years before his death, which occurred on the 9th day of October, 1918, at his country mansion in Trumbull County.
This brief outline of the salient features of his life conveys but an inadequate impression of the man. During his long and active practice at the bar, he sat upon both sides of the trial table; he was a forceful and very successful advocate of individual rights against corporate interests and he was also the loyal and able counsel for Corporations. He was the counsel for The Baltimore & Ohio, and its subsidiary Companies in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania; one of the organizers and largely interested in one of the most prosperous and flourishing banking institutions of our State; the moving spirit in the organization and the building of certain lines of railroad, but he never got away from the soil. His mind reverted to his boyhood days and he found much pleasure in the ownership and supervision of very many broad acres of farming land stocked with well bred registered cattle.
During all his legal career, Asa Jones was a diligent and what is more, a comprehending reader and student of the law. During the trial of important cases, or while preparing briefs for the higher Courts, he could be found late at night and sometimes far into the night among his books in his large and well selected library, fortifying his legal positions. He did not belong to that school of lawyers who think that they can, without much resort to the books, like the spider, continue to spin from its own entrails a complete and perfect web of legal jurisprudence. He knew that the crystallized sense and wisdom of the ages lay in the deep pockets of the law, and he knew how and where to delve for it. Like the great majority of us, he was not always right, but he was a wise practitioner of:
“That lawless science of the law,
May hope to tread a path to wealth or fame."
His mind was capable of discriminating, segregating, analyzing and of forming sound judgments upon what the law is. He was a keen, alert and tactful Attorney, a forceful advocate, a successful man of affairs; in short, he was a first class all-around lawyer, and it is by this title, I think, that he would most prefer to be remembered by the bar of his native state.
Mr. Jones was one of the original members of the Ohio State Bar Association and its fifth President. You will remember there came from the beginning in regular order: Rufus P. Ranney, Rufus King, R. A. Harrison, Durbin Ward and Asahel W. Jones. For twenty-five years he seldom or never was absent from our