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annual meetings. He looked upon this occasion as a rendezvous for the renewal of old friendships and the making of new ones, and the cultivation of those amenities of life which sweeten the toil of an arduous profession; and he regarded these meetings as a rallying place to take counsel with the best Judicial minds of the State on matters of legislation affecting the people of the State, and upon matters relating to the welfare of the bench and bar of Ohio. Few there were among the lawyers of Ohio, and none, I think, among the members of this Association who did not know Asa W. Jones, either personally or by sight, for once to see him was to remember him, and to know him intimately was one of the pleasant associations and memories of life.

I think Mr. Jones had no inclination for the bench, nor had he any decided political ambition. He was a wide reader of literature of the better sort, closely in touch with current events, and at all times a zealous and influential aid, both State and National, to the party with which he was affiliated. In 1905 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of the State and by one of those singular and almost unbelievable mischances, if it may be so called, at a time when the nomination for the office of Governor seemed almost certain to fall to him, (if anything in politics is ever certain) much to the surprise of at least the majority of the people of this State, the nomination went to another. The reason of it lies buried in the generous heart of Asa Jones. It was an instance of self-effacement, of voluntary personal abnegation of what would be called an honor, to which Mr. Jones never afterwards alluded, but which was well known and understood by his intimates and by those of the inner circle at the time; and now that he has gone, the fact of it and the memory of it is a source of satisfaction to those who knew him intimately and is deserving of a record in any just estimate of the life and character of Honorable Asahel W. Jones.

There was another phase of his life to which I desire briefly to refer in closing. While all his life he made profession of the Methodist Episcopal faith, in middle life he seemed to be impressed with that couplet of Pope:

“Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is man.

He began to evince a keen interest in the origin and in the evidences of the long continuity of the life of man upon earth. His study on this subject led him deeply into the literature of that special subject of research, and into a critical examination of all the more recent discoveries, and the evidences yielded from the bosom of mother earth, and all her ancient sources, of the great antiquity of man upon this continent. His knowledge of the subject was as thorough as modern scientific research could carry him, and was a source of absorbing interest to him in the quiet of the study in the declining years of his life; it reflects a side light on the mental characteristics and reflective tendencies of his mind. Upon the occasion of his seventy-ninth birthday there assembled at his fine country residence overlooking the rolling hills, the lawyers and Judges of Mahoning and Trumbull County to do him honor. There were the usual congratulatory speeches when we presented our loving cup, and we shall never forget the deep feeling which completely overcame the man, and the sincere and affectionate regard for us, many of whom had been his antagonists for half a lifetime, which he expressed in his response. He seemed to realize as to the greater number of us, we had come to the parting of the ways.

His social and domestic relations were happy in the extreme. He was a man whose memory the bench and bar of Ohio take delight in honoring.

PETER A LAUBIE

By Louis T. FARR, of Lisbon

Full of years, rich in experience, in the conscious realization of a useful, well-spent life, Honorable Peter A. Laubie, distinguished citizen, lawyer, soldier, jurist, on the 17th day of January, A. D. 1919, passed from the quiet, peaceful beauty of life's evening out into that day which has no morning, noon or night.

Born April 21, 1826, at Pittsburgh, Pa., he read law and was admitted to the bar in 1854, after which he began practice at Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, from which place he volunteered when "his country called," and went out as a First Lieutenant in Company D, 19th Regiment, O. V. I.; later he was promoted to Captain of Company H, and as ranking officer served as Major of his regiment in the Atlanta campaign. He participated in a number of important battles and at the close of the war he again took

up the practice of law, was elected Mayor of the city of Salem and later Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the Third, subsequently the Fourth Sub-Division of the Ninth Judicial District of Ohio, which position he filled with much credit to himself and general satisfaction to his constituents until February, 1885, when he assumed his duties as a Judge of the Circuit Court in and for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Ohio, having previously been chosen as one of the original members of that court, and in which position he served with marked distinction until February, 1911, when he retired at the expiration of his fourth consecutive term. During his incumbency, he served most acceptably as President of this Association. On the first day of November, 1848, he was united in marriage with Jane Williams, of Allegheny City, Pa. Five children, one son and four daughters, were born of that union, all of whom survive, the wife having preceded him in death some years since.

In early life he affiliated with the Disciple or Christian Church, which relation continued until his death. Judge Laubie acquired a good English education and during the years of practice in his

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profession and of service on the bench, was an indefatigable worker and a tireless searcher for the controlling principle in ch

He was endowed with a fine analytical mind, which, by diligent use and wide research, enabled him to clearly differentiate and readily apply the law and the facts of each issue.

He was a man of strong convictions, keen perception, earnest purposes, and of excellent judgment; forming his opinions with care, skilled in expressing them, honest and incorruptible, earnest and ever fearless in the defense of right, he merited and had the confidence of the people and the respect and highest regard of the bench and bar of Ohio.

He was a man of noble and generous impulses, a most companionable friend; too strong, too manly to speak ill, even in his absence, of one with whom he might disagree.

His strong grasp of difficult questions, his clear, concise statement of issues, his purity of diction have made his opinions the peer

of any, and have enriched the legal literature of this state, by so much as his pre-eminent ability as a jurist surpassed the usual, the mediocre and the ordinary.

More than fourscore and ten were the years allotted unto him, and this dispensation of Providence was not in vain, for, judged by what men do, his was a useful, active, eventful life. But the day is done and into the Western sky the sun has gone, leaving a twilight that lingers long in memory, and the spirit, loosed from the things of earth and shorn of weakness, has left the fields of its nativity for its long service.

STANLEY E. BOWDLE

By EDWARD MOULINIER, of Cincinnati

On April 6, 1919, Stanley E. Bowdle was struck by an automobile shortly after alighting from a street car near the Good Samaritan Hospital. He died a few hours later without fully regaining consciousness. Thus tragically came to an end a unique and remarkable career.

He was in his fifty-first year, having been born on September 4, 1868, in Clifton, Hamilton County, Ohio. He attended the Clifton public school and Hughes High School up to the age of fifteen, when he entered Cramps shipyards at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as an apprentice and served there three years. His natural bent, however, was toward the law and he returned to his home to become a student at the Cincinnati Law School in 1887, and graduated in 1889. He began the practice of his profession in that year, having offices in the Bodmann Building with Nathaniel Wright and Gustavus A. Meyer.

Some years later he and Nathaniel Wright removed to the Blymyer Building and had offices with W. K. Hillebrand and Edward P. Moulinier. This association continued until 1897, when he was compelled to leave Cincinnati for Colorado, in the attempt to recover from a serious attack of tuberculosis. He fought this dread enemy for four years, spending the summers in the mountains of Colorado, and the winters in various cities of Mexico. It was while in Mexico that he learned to speak and write Spanish with fluency. Owing to his intelligent study of tuberculosis and the application of the newest and best methods of personal care, he regained his health.

On November 29, 1900, while still in the West, he married Lillian Crane Scott, of New York, and she and their only child, Virginia, survive him. With his health restored, he returned to Cincinnati and the practice of the law.

He became associated with Kramer & Kramer, in the Union Trust Building, which lasted for a number of years, until he and

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