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Joseph L. McDowell was born in Coshocton, Ohio, April 6, 1874, and died May 29, 1919, at Los Angeles, California. He obtained his early education in the Coshocton public schools. At the age of 14 he was page for the Ohio Legislature. His parents were John and Catherine (Kelly) McDowell.

Joseph L. McDowell was the first Democratic page to serve in a Republican house. He continued there for eight years and then went with Senator Calvin Bryce to Washington, D. C. He remained at the national capital for two months, when he returned to the Ohio Legislature. While acting as page in Columbus he attended night school and began reading law with Captain E. W. James. In the fall of 1895 he entered the Cincinnati Law College, and graduated from there in 1898 and was admitted to the bar on the 11th of June following. Immediately afterwards he opened an office in Coshocton, where he began the practice of his profession. He soon demonstrated his ability by winning many notable cases, due to careful and thorough preparation and correct application of legal principles to the point at issue.

He served as city solicitor of Coshocton from 1900 to 1904. In 1903 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Coshocton County, which position he filled in a highly capable manner.

He was a member of Coshocton Lodge, No. 376, B. P. O. E., Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Church and a member of the Holy Name Society.

August 5, 1907, Mr. McDowell was married to Miss Ella Connerty. The record of Mr. McDowell is marked by advancement through successive stages and he certainly deserves the proud American title of a self-made man.

Joe McDowell always took the short course toward the object which he wished to attain. His heart pulsated with the most noble emotions and he was the very essence of kindness, quick to aid anyone in distress or sorrow. His many noble deeds will always be a monument to one whose earthly career has now terminated.


John Abner Troette was a son of Benjamin and Sara Troette, and was born near Monongahela City, Washington County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1842. He came to Cambridge, Ohio, in the fall of 1867. He attended school at Mt. Pleasant College in Iowa, and returning to Cambridge, read law with Captain Ross W. Anderson and Colonel Milton Barnes, and in 1873 he was admitted

to the bar. In 1876 he married Mary Turner, daughter of Elza · and Susan Turner. His death occurred at his home in Cambridge, August 13, 1918, after a long illness from paralysis.

At different periods of his active career in the legal profession, Mr. Troette was associated with Judge Weyer and Samuel Dixon, both deceased, and James Joyce. During the last few years of his life he was the head of the legal firm of Troette and Gregg. His practice at the bar was varied, involving all sorts of questions which made him familiar with many branches of the law and a capable lawyer. It was by rigid frugality, economy, right living, good character and great perseverance and industry that John Abner Troette, boy and man, rose from humble environment to greater prominence as a busy and able lawyer. His leading characteristics at the bar were his close application to his profession, his indomitable perseverance, and his wonderful ability, without a rugged constitution, to endure almost any amount of continued physical work and mental effort, and his ready and deep insight into intricacies of the law. He was remarkably strong and skillful in the drafting of pleadings and in the introduction of evidence on the trial. These, with a wonderful knowledge of the law, made him at the same time a worthy and dangerous opponent to the strongest adversary and furnished him the secondary characteristics of great preparedness and a ready command of resource.

In an unpretending way he was an eminent citizen, and a kind, devoted husband.

And last but not least, he was a patriot. In the war of the Rebellion, at about the age of nineteen, he enlisted at Birmingham, Iowa, as a private of Company H, Fifth Iowa Infantry, and he served for twenty-one months when he was discharged by reason of a severe wound he had received at the battle of Luka, Mississippi. He was a faithful and obedient soldier. In all the relations of life he performed well his part.

Judge Troette was admitted to membership in this association July 11, 1900.


Edward K. Bruce, first Assistant U. S. District Attorney at Cincinnati, died suddenly at his home in College Hill, Sunday, October 20, 1918. He had been ill with influenza for one week. At no time was his case regarded as serious, and on Saturday he was feeling so well that his associates looked for him back at his desk soon; instead they were met with the surprising news of his death. Mr. Bruce was so generally known and admired that the news of his death came as a severe shock to a wide circle.

Mr. Bruce was thirty-three years of age. He was the son of John E. Bruce, of the Cincinnati bar, and for some years had been his father's partner in the practice of the law under the name of Bruce and Bruce. He was born in College Hill, educated in the common schools, the Ohio Military Institute and at Western Reserve. He then entered the Cincinnati Law School, and upon graduation joined his father in the practice. He leaves a widow (Kathrine Pearson, daughter of the late Joshua L. Pearson) and three children, the youngest of whom is one year old.

Mr. Bruce, like his father, was a Democrat in politics. He became a member of the State Legislature in 1910, and was credited with casting the deciding vote for Senator Pomerene in the party caucus. He became First Assistant U. S. District Attorney in 1914, and had made an excellent record in that office. During the last year his time had been largely occupied with espionage cases, of which more than one hundred had been prepared for the grand jury.


Millard Tyree, Cincinnati Attorney, widely known in Southern Ohio and in Kentucky, and a member of the law firm of Tyree, Jones and Le Blond, died suddenly of heart disease in his apartments in the Westmoreland Building, Mason Street, Mt. Auburn, May 29, 1919.

Mr. Tyree was born in Lechter County, Kentucky, November 4, 1872, attended schools in Kentucky and received his L. L. B. at the University of Louisville in 1907. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar the same year. In 1900 he came to Cincinnati and was admitted to practice in Ohio.

In 1903 he married Jessie M. Partlon, a newspaper writer. Attorney Tyree was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Business Men's Club, Cincinnati Country Club, Cincinnati Golf Club, the Peelee Island Club and the Cincinnati Bar Association.

For a number of years Mr. Tyree practiced law alone, but a few years ago he associated himself with Attorneys Orville K. Jones and Robert A. LeBlond.

Mr. Tyree was the son of Greenberry Houston Tyree, civil engineer, of Lechter County, Kentucky, who surveyed the first trail over Black Mountain. Educational facilities were lacking in the mountainous district, and the Tyree family established a home in Huntington, W. Va., where he was educated. When studying law in New York, he felt a yearning for the boyhood state and returned to Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated.


Asa William Elson was born in Washington, Pa., February 12, 1867. He was the son of John Randolph Elson and Amanda Cairns Elson, and died January 31, 1919. He was educated at Mt. Pleasant, Pa., Decatur, Ill., and Washington and Jefferson College. On June 15, 1891, he was married to Minnie B. Scott.

He practised law continuously since 1894, and for five years was State Representative from Tuscarawas County, and served several terms as City Solicitor.

Mr. Elson was a member of the Episcopal church and, up to the time of his death a resident of Uhrichsville, Ohio.


William Robert Warnock who was a son of Rev. David Warnock and Sarah (Hitt) Warnock, was born August 29, 1838, and died July 31, 1918, at Urbana, Ohio. He was married to Catherine Murray in 1868.

Mr. Warnock was admitted to the Ohio State Bar July 12, 1906. In 1866 he was admitted to the bar of Ohio, and was a partner of Hon. L. M. Eichelberger, of Urbana, for forty years.

In 1867 Mr. Warnock was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Champaign County, and served two terms. He was a member of the Ohio Senate in 1875, elected Judge of the Common Pleas Court in 1879-1889, and a member of Congress from the sixth Ohio District in 1900, and served two terms.

Judge Warnock was a member of the Episcopal Church.

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