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events. But we should not forget that the names of all the great and good and useful are not inscribed on the pages of public history or of well read biographies. The most ordinary, the most humble men and women, have been heroes and heroines. There are heroes and heroines in every neighborhood. Their heroism is not published in books or in newspapers. They live for the things that are not visible. There is no place like common life for the disclosure of heroism. Mr. Kibler belonged to that class.
He had more than average talents. He had a discerning intellect and a sound judgment. His mind was stored with learning appropriate to his profession. He knew how to practice law, as it should be practiced. He was a model practitioner. He could see right through a mass of immaterial facts to the very heart of a
He was sufficiently pugnacious and combative. He observed the principles of honor in his practice. He was guiltless of trickery or pettifoggery. He was tactful. He skilfully dealt with delicate situations. He was equally courteous to associates and to opponents. His disposition was so kind, nothing could spoil it. In part I base these predicates on my own knowledge of him and in part on the testimony of his neighboring lawyers. Said one of them, Mr. Montgomery: "He was an exceedingly capable lawyer, painstaking in his preparation of cases, keen and alert in the trial of them, quick to grasp a legal proposition or a point of fact. He was upon the whole a very forceful and capable trial lawyer.' I have no doubt this would be corroborated by other neighboring lawyers if I had the opportunity to examine them.
Mr. Kibler lived in the city of Newark all his life, and chiefly practiced the law there, the city being much smaller when he began his practice than it is now. He would be called by some a country lawyer. He is a refutation of the claim that all of the great lawyers are of the large cities. Some of the very best lawyers this country ever had have been country lawyers. The leaders of the men who started the fires of patriotism in revolutionary days were country lawyers of Virginia and Massachusetts. Some of the great generals of that war were country lawyers. It was lawyers like Sherman of Connecticut, whose vote in Congress Jefferson said often determined his own vote, and Madison of Virginia and Hamilton of New York, who drafted our constitution, which will safeguard the nation against monarchy and autocracy, as well as mob rule, as long as it shall be obeyed. Mr. Kibler was a nobleman. I do not mean that he belonged to the so-called aristocracy of blood, or the aristocracy of wealth. He was neither. He belonged to the aristocracy of achievements. He was thoroughly democratic.
a nobleman in character; he was a nobleman in honor; he was a nobleman in the love of his fellow citizens. People expressed an emotion of joy in simply knowing him. They who knew him well felt a high hope in him. He had a singularly charming personality and a remarkable natural dignity; he was without affectation, and he had a constitutional shyness and reserve which subtracted nothing from his personality and dignity.
In the sphere of politics, government and political economy, Mr. Kibler was a conservative. He did not believe in many, if any, of the new opinions, convictions and beliefs which, during the last fifteen years, have been stereotyped into the constitutions and statutes. He would never have endorsed a recall of Jesus Christ or a referendum for the Day of Judgment. The large majority of lawyers, however, are conservative. Some people would call them reactionaries.
Mr. Kibler was the head of a large family. He was married twice; both of his wives were noble and lustrous women. There were three children born of the first marriage, and four children of the second one, and the children are all fine specimens of manhood and womanhood. It requires more brains and heart to raise a family than it does to run a large law practice or manage a huge corporation. Great minds, and especially students, are sometimes deficient in social characteristics, which give the chief charm to domestic relations. They marry, as it were, their books, and retire to the seclusion of their libraries. Absorbed in their studies, or engrossed with their professional pursuits, they have no relish for the amenities, the fellowship and companionship of the family circle; and the affections of husband and parent lie dormant and undeveloped. It was not so with Mr. Kibler.
He practiced the law for twenty-seven years. Twenty-seven years of honest work! Twenty-seven years without a stain of dishonor! Such a life is a useful lesson for young lawyers.
Mr. Kibler had social qualities which endeared him to those who knew him well. He was companionable. It was not hard to make a friend of him, and he never was guilty of treason to his friends. He had a warm sympathy for the woebegone. He was a kind neighbor. He had none of that form of selfishness which thinks that one's genius, scholarship and knowledge are his own. He believed that wise men must help the ignorant; that the men who have knowledge, insight, culture and eloquence should share them with the less gifted. These are, after all, the elements of character which most exalt a man.
The Ohio bar may be justly proud of Edward Kibler, Senior.
Under an appointment made by Governor Bushnell, Mr. Kibler and I were engaged as code commissioners for two years, in collaborating a municipal code for the State of Ohio. Most of it was the product of his thought and phrasing. That association brought me in close relationship to him. My friendship for him was so intense that his death was a personal loss and grief to me.
Where now are Mr. Kibler's extensive knowledge, his exalted sentiments, his conscience and his wealth of glorious faculty? I do not believe that nature, in a fit of impatience or anger, stamped them out forever. That is a theory of life which my reason and judgment condemn. That would be an imputation of supreme folly against the Maker of the universe. But I am comforted by the philosophy of James Whitcomb Riley, who said:
“I can not say, I will not say
And you, oh you! who the wildest yearn
FRANK ETHERINGTON POMERENE
Frank Etherington Pomerene was born in Coshocton, Ohio, March 25, 1868, died June 1, 1919. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association July 15, 1896. He was a son of the late Julius C. Pomerene, former Circuit Court Judge. He attended the public schools at Coshocton until he had mastered the high school course and won his diploma in the class of 1885. He afterwards became a student in the Ohio State University. In 1891 he received his bachelor of arts degree and graduated from the law department four years later. Returning immediately to Coshocton, he joined his brother in the law practice and the firm became recognized as one of the leading firms in corporation law in central Ohio.
Mr. Pomerene was noted for the great care and thoroughness with which he prepared his cases. Men of large affairs were accustomed to lean upon his shrewd judgment and wonderfully keen knowledge of the law. He was undoubtedly one of the foremost corporation lawyers of Ohio and enjoyed one of the largest law practices in the State.
In June, 1896, he was married in Coshocton to Miss Mary E. Wilson, daughter of James S. and Sarah (Hay) Wilson.
The only public positions he ever held were in connection with educational interests. For fifteen years he had been a trustee of Ohio State University and its development was ever dear to him. A short time prior to his death he was reappointed by Governor Cox. He had always been active in the upbuilding of the Coshocton public library and was largely instrumental in securing the Carnegie donation thereto. He was for many years a director in the Coshocton National Bank and held the office of second vice president at the time of his death.
His love of home and family was one of his most beautiful characteristics.
CHARLES ANDREW GROOM
Charles Andrew Groom was born in Covington, Kentucky, on May 17, 1876. He was educated in the public schools, at Bethany College and the Cincinnati Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and practiced continuously his profession until the time of his death, which occurred February 17, 1919, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1907 he was married to Miss Blanche Miller, of Cincinnati. In 1912 he was appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. In 1914, he was made First Assistant City Solicitor of Cincinnati. He returned to the Prosecutor's Office in January, 1915, and the following November was elected City Solicitor of Cincinnati, which office he held for one term. He refused re-nomination for this office and entered the law firm of Pogue, Hoffheimer and Pogue, of which firm he was a member up to the time of his death.
For a number of years prior to his death he held professorships in the Y. M. C. A. and Cincinnati Law Schools.
He represented Hamilton County in the important litigation involving the validity of the contracts for the building of the new Court House. During the term in the Solicitor's office, he conducted the important litigation involving the gas rate, the street railway fares, the powers and contracts of the Rapid Transit Commission and many other matters of grave importance to the citizens of Cincinnati. Indeed, few of his years have had leading parts in litigation or legal business of such magnitude in the amount of money involved or interests affected.
His mind was keenly analytical; his temperament, equable; his impulse, to do right. No influence could induce him to do that which his conscience did not approve. He gained and held the confidence of the courts. Law to him was a science in which he worked indefatigably.
In his untimely death the bar of the State of Ohio has suffered a distinct loss.