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THE PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

PRE-BAR ORGANIZATION

ORGANIZATION OF THE PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

THE THIRD AND PRESENT PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

ILLINOIS STATE BAR PRESIDENTS FROM PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

LINCOLN DAY BANQUET

MEETINGS AND BANQUETS 1906-1930

MEETINGS - 1958-1978

MILITARY SERVICE OF PEORIA COUNTY BAR

CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE AND OFFICERS

PRESIDENTS - PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 1906-1978-79

ROSTER OF MEMBERS

 

 

CENTENNIAL HISTORY

THE PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

1879-1979

The Peoria County Bar Association located in Peoria, a city of 100,000 on the Illinois River midway between Chicago and St. Louis, in Peoria County, Illinois, has a long history of Bench and Bar activity prior to its first formal organization as a Bar Association. The roots of this Bar Association reach deeply into Indian, French and English history.

PRE-BAR ORGANIZATION

The Peoria County Circuit Court held its first session on November 14, 1825. At this term of court No-Ma-Que, an Indian, was indicted by the first Grand Jury and tried for the murder of a Frenchman. The courthouse was a log building 14 x 14 feet square with one window, a primitive log cabin in which the basement served to house prisoners and sometimes was used as a stable, located on the west bank of the Illinois River, probably just below the present Franklin Street bridge. According to Col. James L. Rice in his history of Peoria, City and County, Peoria did not even own its first courthouse but rented it for one dollar a day from Joseph Ogee, a Frenchman employed by the American Fur Company, whose wife was a Pottawatomie Indian. Ogee and his wife lived in the cabin when it was not used as a courthouse. John York Sawyer was Judge; John Dixon was Clerk; and Samuel Fulton was Sheriff. William Hamilton acted as attorney for the defendant.

Upon four days trial the traverse (petit) jury returned the verdict "do find No-Ma-Que, an Indian of the Pottawatomi tribe, guilty of murder of Pierre Landre,” dated November 17, 1825. Various motions and appeals were prosecuted and in the May term, 1828, the murder case of No-Ma-Que was struck from the docket.

An early history of Peoria County published by Johnson & Company of Chicago in 1880 gives the following as the finis to that famous case: "When Black Hawk invaded Illinois in 1832 No-Ma-Que was present with him at Stillman's Run and was badly wounded. He was found in that condition lying in the way of some of the Peoria men, who humanely shot him to death to end his misery." Thus was the original verdict of "guilty" carried out years later by Peoria citizens without benefit of a formal order of execution. Lincoln may have passed the spot when he passed through Peoria on foot in 1832 upon his return from the Black Hawk War.

The case is cited No-Ma-Que, an Indian v. The People, 1 Ill. 150.

Another log cabin was the Peoria Courthouse until 1829 when a combined jail and courthouse of logs and stone was built at Washington St. and Fayette St. at a reported cost of $7,450.00. The first real courthouse was built and finished in 1836 on the site of the present courthouse and faced Adams St. Some of the lawyers of that day had their offices on the first floor of the building at an average cost per room of $50.00 per year. An article published by Les Ernest in The Penny Press lists all the Peoria courthouses as follows:

1825 log cabin

18- log cabin

1829 log cabin with stone masonry at Washington and Fayette Sts.

1836 The fourth courthouse was, built on the exact site of today's courthouse. It was a two story oblong brick structure facing Adams St. with a portico and cupola at the front of the building, with four large stone pillars with two outside stairways beneath. It was at this courthouse Abraham Lincoln and Senator Douglas met in debate on October 16, 1854. It was on this occasion Lincoln uttered his world famous lines, "Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."

1876 The fifth courthouse was begun in 1858 and finished in 1876. It cost approximately $250,000.00.

1962 The present courthouse was begun in August, 1962, and completed and occupied by the Peoria County offices and courts in June, 1964.

The Bar of Peoria County continued to operate with no formal organization. In 1832 and 1833 the Judicial District of Peoria was organized and contained approximately the northern third of the counties of the State of Illinois with the courthouse at Peoria. Between 1832 and 1879 the lawyers who practiced in Peoria County had no formal Bar organization but many able and brilliant men moved the cause of justice and legal affairs of the citizens of Peoria through its crude courtrooms. In this brief space it is only possible to note a few whose ability and legal success were highly acclaimed in their own time.

An article prepared by Isaac Underhill appeared in Droungs' Peoria Directory (1844), stating: "The only practicing members of the Bar that resided here (Peoria 1833) at that time were the Hon. Lewis Bigelow and Charles Ballance. The former was an eminent jurist and profound scholar. I was informed that he wrote a digest of the laws of Massachusetts, a valuable work of upward of eight hundred pages, with one quill. He died here in 1838." It was this Judicial Circuit that was the legal arena famous as the trail of the circuit riders who hold such a prominent place in Illinois legal history.

 

The following attorneys and counselors at law are listed in Roots - Peoria City Directory for the year 1859 just twenty years before the organization of the first Peoria Bar Association:

Austin, Henry S.

Ballance, Charles

Blakely, George S.

Bonney, Charles C.

Bryan & Stone

Cooper, Johnathan

Davidson & Feinse

Gibbons, Alfred M.

Grove, Henry

Harding, George F.

Hopkins, Henry B.

Ingersoll Brothers

(Robert G. being the world famous orator and colonel of a regiment in the Civil War)

Johnson, Elbridge G.

Lindsay & Merriman

McCoy, Alexander

McCulloch, David W.

O'Brien, William M.

Pratt, Loring

Purple, Norman

Reynolds, Hugh

Spaulding, Lyman

Wead, H. M.

Williamson, Marion

It is interesting to note that Peoria was in 1859 a town of about 5,000 with 25-30 lawyers just two years before the beginning of the Civil War and still had no organized Bar Association.

The professional status of the lawyers in Peoria was noted about 1870 by The Hubbell Legal Directory. Undoubtedly there were more lawyers in Peoria than were shown in the directory. It was the first crude attempt to show professional standing in the geographical areas shown in the directory. The following names are taken from their listing directory from 1871 to 1879, when the Peoria County Bar first organized as a professional group.

 

1871 lngersoll & McCune

1872 lngersoll & McCune

1873 E. G. Johnson

H. Grove

1874 Thomas Cratty

James St. Clair Boall

Josiah Cratty

David McCulloch

John S. Stevens

W. W. O'Brien

L. Harmon

N. E. Worthington

1875 Cratty Bros.

Hopkins, H. B.

Johnson, E. G.

Hewett, A. C.

McCulloch, David

Stevens, John S.

O'Brien, W. W.

Kettelle, Geo. H.

Rice, James M.

1876 Cratty Bros.

Harmon, L.

Hopkins, J. B.

Marron, J. H.

Johnson, E. G.

Hewett, A. C.

Rice, James M.

Wells, H. W.

Kettelle, Geo. H.

1877 Cratty Bros.

Harmon, L.

Hopkins, J. B.

Marron, J. H.

Johnson, E. G.

Hewett, A. C.

Puterbaugh, S. D.

Lee, John S.

Quinn, M. C.

Rice, James M.

Stevens, John S.

Wells, H. W.

Worthington, N. E.

1878 Cratty Bros.

Harmon, L.

Hopkins, H. B.

Morron, J. H.

James, L. W.

Jack, Wm.

Johnson, E. G.

Hewett, A. C.

Rice, James M.

Robison & Worthington

Stevens, John S.

Lee, John S.

Wells, H. W.

ORGANIZATION OF THE PEORIA COUNTY

BAR ASSOCIATION

 

The Peoria Bar Association organization was accomplished in three steps, each no doubt beset with fratricide and rebellion. The first organization was accomplished at a meeting in the Peoria County Branch courtroom Tuesday evening, November 18, 1879. It was called the Peoria Bar Association and the constitution and by-laws were adopted by the following members of the Bar who signed the above documents, namely:

 

1. S. D. Puterbaugh

2. D. W. McCulloch

3. Thomas Cratty

4. Alva Loucks

5. Henry C. Fuller

6. I. K. Cooper

7. M. N. Gish

8. H. B. Hopkins

9. John W. Karr

10. John W. Voigt

11. J. M. Tenneny (?)

12. N. E. Worthington

13. Samuel E. Clark

14. Wellington Loucks

15. G. W. Johnson

16. Nickol Ulrich

17. Kno. B. Cohrs

18. J. Todd (?)

19. James M. Rice

20. D. E. Powell

The original minute book containing the handwritten constitution of the Peoria Bar Association with the written signatures of the subscribers is now in possession of the Peoria County Bar Association.

By-laws were adopted which provided among other things for annual dues of $1.00 per year and in the order of business the fifth item was "intermission for social conversation.” It is submitted by the author that no Bar Association ever had social conversation with dry tongues.

The election of the first slate of officers was as follows:

David W. McCulloch President

J. K. Cooper 1st Vice President

S. D. Puterbaugh 2nd Vice President

H. C. Fuller Secretary

Thos. Cratty Treasurer

The meeting of January 13, 1880, heard the inaugural address of President David McCulloch which was printed in three full columns in the daily newspaper. At this meeting we note the first contact between the Peoria Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. The minutes of the meeting contain the following: “A report from the session of the State Bar Association held at Springfield on the 8th instant (1880) was made by Mr. Cratty and remarks were then made upon the topic, 'The benefits of a bar association' by Messrs. Puterbaugh, Cohrs, Worthington, Starr, Hopkins and McCulloch." It is very interesting to note that formation of the State Bar Association was closely followed by the Peoria Bar Association and that even at that early date the local Bar Association regarded it as important to send delegates to the State Bar Association's meeting and to report upon that State meeting to the local association.

Subsequent meetings in February, March, April, May and June, 1880, were held and lengthy and scholarly addresses delivered at each, such as "The Historical Significance of the 4th Year of James 1st" by N. E. Worthington. (It may be freely admitted that by such measurement the cultural side of the present Bar activities is very short of breath.)

In any event the year 1880 closed and the Bar minute book ended June 8, 1880. We have no evidence of what caused the cessation of the first organized Peoria Bar activity at that time.

The second stanza in the saga of the Peoria Bar Association came on July 20, 1888, just eight years after the last minutes of the first organization. There is no explanation of the hiatus in the organization. The 1888 Association adopted a constitution and by-laws practically identical with the 1879 constitution and bylaws. The 1888 constitution was adopted by the following signed members on July 25, 1888:

1. James H. Sedgwick

2. David McCulloch

3. George T. Page

4. A. Keithley

5. J. M. Niehaus

6. W. I. Slemmons

7. W. V. Tefft

8. S. D. Wead

9. L. W. James

The officers elected on July 28, 1888, were:

President James H. Sedgwick

First V.P. George T. Page Second

V.P J. M. Niehaus

Secretary Arthur Keithley

Treasurer David McCulloch

The organizational meeting adjourned to Tuesday, August 14, 1888. The only minutes recorded were that the meeting was called to order and adjourned to second Tuesday in September, 1888. No other meetings were held or activity noted. No speeches reported.

THE THIRD AND PRESENT PEORIA COUNTY

BAR ASSOCIATION

 

The present Association was formed as Peoria Bar Association at a meeting of 23 prominent Peoria lawyers at the Creve Coeur Club on November 27, 1905. A speech was made urging the organization of a permanent Bar Association by George T. Page, then President of the Illinois State Bar Association. John S. Stevens, former President of the Illinois State Bar Association, Winslow Evans, F. J. Quinn and John M. Niehaus also urged the organization of a permanent Bar Association at Peoria. The present Peoria Bar Association form was adopted at a meeting held at the Creve Coeur Club January 8, 1906. Officers elected were:

William L. Ellwood President

S. D. Wead First Vice President

George B. Sucher Second Vice President

Frank T. Miller Secretary

Ed. D. McCulloch Treasurer

Fifty members of the Bar were present and voted the adoption of the constitution and election of the above officers.

The only significant change in the third Association from the two prior ones was the eligibility for membership. In 1879 and 1888 members of the Illinois State Bar could be members of the Peoria Bar. In 1905 Association membership was confined to "all lawyers residing in Peoria County.”

The permanent character of the 1905-1906 Association was recognized by the State of Illinois issuance of a charter to the Peoria Bar Association by the Secretary of State of Illinois on April 20, 1906. The Association has been operating under that charter except for the change of name from Peoria Bar Association to Peoria County Bar Association.

 

ILLINOIS STATE BAR PRESIDENTS FROM

PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

 

The Peoria County Bar Association has a long history of close and effective cooperation with the Illinois State Bar Association. Peoria has furnished to the Illinois State Bar Association the following presidents:

1. David McCulloch 1880

(Was second President and first Vice President Peoria Bar Association 1879-1880)

2. John S. Stevens 1901-1902

(President Peoria Bar 1910)

3. George T. Page 1905-1906

4. Clarence W. Heyl 1930-1931

(President Peoria Bar 1921)

5. Timothy W. Swain 1958-1959

(President Peoria Bar 1954)

6. Lyle W. Allen 1972-1973

LINCOLN DAY BANQUETS

 

The Peoria Bar Association since its reorganization in 1906 has regularly honored the birth of Abraham Lincoln feeling that the paths of both had for a time been closely related.

The importance of the speech made by Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Peoria County Courthouse on October 16, 1854, is now recognized by most historians as of the highest order. "It was the starting point of the race which won for Abraham Lincoln the presidency of the United States, brought on the War of the Rebellion, led to the death of one-half million men and twice that number disabled by disease and wounds, made free men and women of four million slaves and desolated almost every home in the land." The above quotation appears in the remarkable eyewitness perceptive account of all the proceedings at the debate written by B. C. Bryner in his book "Abraham Lincoln in Peoria, Illinois" printed by Edward J. Jacob under copyright of the Lincoln Historical Publishing Co. First edition October 16, 1924; second edition October 16, 1926, at Peoria, Illinois. The annual celebration of the Abraham Lincoln-Peoria connection has long been a cherished tradition of the Peoria County Bar Association.

 

From 1906 until about 1922 the Association had some type of annual dinner and due respect paid to Abraham Lincoln. The first formal recognition of an annual Lincoln Day Banquet, also serving as the annual Peoria County Bar Association dinner, appears in the records of the annual meeting in the courthouse January 3, 1922. At that meeting a reference is made in the minutes to "annual dinner to be given on Lincoln's birthday, February 12, 1922." The printed program dated February 12, 1921, is titled "Annual Dinner - Peoria Bar Association" and makes no specific inference to Lincoln's birthday but Hon. Logan Hay, speaking as President of the Illinois State Bar Association spoke on Lincoln. It would appear that the first formal recognition by the Association of Lincoln's birth date was on February 10, 1923, when the printed program for the annual dinner was titled "Annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet Peoria Bar Association - Gold Room, Jefferson Hotel, Peoria, Illinois, February 10, 1923, 6:45 P.M." The custom of an "annual Lincoln Day Banquet has continued to the present day.

Outstanding speakers who have appeared at the annual Peoria County Bar Association dinners and Lincoln Day Banquets include:

1906 Annual dinner at New National Hotel, May 26, 1906; speaker - Senator John Daly.

1907 No banquet noted.

1908 Banquet at Creve Coeur Club.

1909 Peoria Journal, February 11, 1909, headline "Lincoln Day Banquet Black's ambition. E. H. Morris, Chicago negro lawyer buys ticket - only whites are welcome. Colored Ex-Legislator is said to be slated for bitter disappointment at Springfield event." Special edition Friday, February 12, 1909. Lincoln Day Banquet at Coliseum sponsored by Creve Coeur Club, 1000 guests expected.

1910 Peoria Journal, Tuesday, February 11, 1910, "Veterans Honor the Memory of Lincoln." No mention of Peoria Bar activity on this day. Apparently no Bar banquet.

1911 No Bar banquet.

1912 No Bar banquet.

1913 Lincoln Day Banquet sponsored by Central Christian Church. No Bar activity.

1914 Banquet at which "Uncle Joe" Joseph Gurney Cannon, famous speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives, spoke.

1915 No banquet noted.

1916 A Lincoln Day Banquet sponsored by Arcadia Presbyterian Church. The principal speaker was Attorney Arthur Keithly.

1917 No banquet - World War I.

1918 No banquet - World War I.

1919 No banquet - World War I.

1920 Attorney Judson Starr spoke at Lincoln Day luncheon sponsored by Kiwanis. It was noted by speaker that Lincoln had voted for the State capitol at Springfield against the position of Peoria.

1921 Lincoln Day Banquet - probably the first formal banquet put on by the Peoria Bar Association. Clarence W. Heyl, President, and the principal speaker was Logan Hay, then President of the Illinois Bar Association.

1922 Henry R. Rathbone, whose father was a close friend of Lincoln and was in Ford Theatre with Lincoln when he was shot.

1923 Honorable Bruce A. Campbell, President Illinois State Bar, and Judge James H. Wilkerson, U.S. District Court.

1924 Annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet, Gold , Room, Jefferson Hotel, Saturday, February 9, 1924. Guests: Hon. Roger Sherman, President Illinois State Bar, Justice Norman L. Jones, Hon. Roscoe Heavilin, Justice Floyd Thompson, Illinois Supreme Court, Hon. Louis Fitzhenry, Judge U.S. District Court Southern Illinois; principal speaker - Hon. Evan A. Evans, Judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 7th Circuit.

1925 Hon. Frank O. Lowden, Governor Illinois.

1926 Chester J. Long, Senator from Kansas and President of American Bar Association.

1927 Hon. Charles S. Whitman, Governor of New York and President of American Bar Association.

1928 Hon. Silas Strawn, Chicago, Illinois, President of American Bar Association.

1929 Hon. Gurney E. Newlin, Los Angeles, California, President American Bar Association.

1930 Henry Hudson Simms, Birmingham, Alabama, President American Bar Association.

1931 Hon. Charles A. Boston, New York City, President American Bar Association.

1932 Hon. John J. Parker, Judge U.S. District Court, Charlotte, N. Carolina.

 

1933 Hon. Clarence E. Martin, President American Bar Association.

1934 Hon. Philip F. LaFollette, Governor of Wisconsin.

1935 Hon. Charles M. Hay, City Counselor, St. Louis, Missouri.

1936 Hon. William L. Ranson, New York City.

1937 Gordon J. Laing, Editor Univ. of Chicago Press.

1938 Hon. James A. Reed, Senator of Missouri.

1939 Hon. Frank J. Hogan, President American Bar Association.

1940 Hon. Edward Eugene Cox, Member of Congress - Georgia.

1941 Hon. Wendell Berge, Asst. Atty. General U.S.

1943 Clarence W. Heyl and Shelton F. McGrath

1944 Hon. James Garfield Stewart, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

1945 Hon. Merrill E. Otis, Judge U.S. District Court, Kansas City, Mo.

1946 Hon. Alexander Wiley, Senator of Wisconsin.

1947 Hon. Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Delegate of United Nations.

1948 Hon. Homer E. Caphart, Senator of Indiana.

1949 Kenneth D. Johnson, General Counsel National Security Resources Board.

1950 Hon. John W. Bricker, U.S. Senator of Ohio.

1951 Hon. Edward F. Carter, Judge of Supreme Court, Nebraska.

1952 No speaker.

1953 Hon. Thomas F. Murphy, Judge U.S. District Court of Nebraska.

1954 Hon. James Garfield Stewart, Justice of Supreme Court of Ohio.

1955 Harold R. Medina, Judge U.S. Court of Appeals, New York City.

1956 Hon William J. Donovan, General U.S.A.

1957 James F. Byrnes, U.S. Supreme Court, See. of State, Senator, Governor of S. Carolina.

1958 Leon Volkov, Editor of Soviet Affairs, Newsweek.

1959 Barry M. Goldwater, Senator of Arizona.

1960 Robert F. Kennedy, Chief Counsel Senate Select Committee Improper Activities in Labor - Management Field.

1961 Samuel S. Leibowitz, Judge Kings County Court, Brooklyn, New York.

1962 J. Cullen Ganey, Judge U.S. Court of Appeals.

1963 Saner Vanocur, NBC White House Representative.

1964 Senator John L. McClellan, Arkansas.

1965 Thomas F. Lambert, Executive Secretary National Trial Lawyers Association.

1966 Newton N. Minow, Chairman Federal Communications Commission.

1967 Percy Foreman - Lawyer, Texas.

1968 Thomas C. Clark, Justice U.S. Supreme Court.

1969 John G. Tower - Senator, Texas.

1970 Louis Nizer - Lawyer and Author.

1971 Melvin Belli - Lawyer, San Francisco, California.

1972 Walter F. Mondale - Senator, Minnesota.

1973 Richard G. Kleindienst - Attorney General, U.S.

1974 James R. Thompson - U.S. District Attorney Northern Illinois, Chicago.

1975 Richard Ben-Veniste - Special Prosecutor, Watergate Task Force.

1976 W. Willard Wirtz - Secretary of Labor under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

1977 Howard K. Baker - U.S. Senate Minority Leader.

1978 Richard Haynes.

MEETINGS AND BANQUETS 1906-1930

From the records it appears a dinner meeting was held at the National Hotel on May 26, 1906, at which forty-six lawyers were present. It was presided over by William L. Ellwood and Hon. David McCulloch made an address on "Members of the Early Bar of Peoria.” Hon. John Dailey, representative of the 16th District, also addressed the meeting. Those present were: W. L. Ellwood, David McCulloch, John Dailey, Judge L. D. Puterbaugh, Hiram Todd, Justice Russeau, Ira Covey, Adelbert Covey, A. M. Otman, E. D. McCulloch, Clyde E. Stone, L. O. Eagleton, Charles Kimmel, W. T. Whitney, John S. Stevens, John M. Elliott, Judge George B. Sucher, Frank T. Miller, Dan F. Raum, Jay T. Hunter, C. W. Greenfield, Charles S. Stubbles, William S. Kellogg, Emmet May, John J. Crowder, Judge Lovett, John M. Niehaus, Justice Whitney, Joseph Storey, E. D. McCabe, Jos. W. Maple, l. F. Meek, James M. Rice, Walter Kirk, Nathan Weiss, J. W. David, and George T. Page.

A subsequent dinner meeting was held at the National Hotel October 20, 1906. Thirty members were present. Taking part in the discussion on new legislation were George T. Page, Frank T. Miller, James M. Rice, Clyde E. Stone and Hon. N. E. Worthington.

However, the original Minute Book of the Association shows that the first annual banquet and meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held at the Creve Coeur Club on Monday, January 7, 1907. There were sixty-one members present. President William L. Ellwood presided. The Treasurer reported collections of $352.82 and disbursements of $174.78, with a balance of $178.04. Among other business, a committee was appointed to pass a subscription list among the members present for the purpose of raising the deficit for the funeral of the deceased Thomas Griffith. The meeting elected Samuel D. Wead to succeed William L. Ellwood as President. At the close of the meeting and the election of officers it was announced that the sum of $21.75 had been collected for the payment of the deficit of the funeral bill of Thomas Griffith, all fully reported by Frank T. Miller, Secretary.

The second annual meeting and banquet was held at the Creve Coeur Club on January 6, 1908. The meeting was addressed by Hon. L. D. Puterbaugh and Hon. N. E. Worthington. Committee reports were made and action recommended for the disbarment of H. V. Graybill and Dan F. Raum. John M. Niehaus was elected President for the ensuing year.

The third annual meeting and banquet was held in the National Hotel on January 4, 1909. The following new members were admitted on motion of Secretary Frank T. Miller: Clyde Capron, Clarence W. Hey!, Shelton McGrath, Oliver J. Bailey, Charles V. Miles, George T. Shurtleff, and Charles W. Frazier. The sixty-two members then elected Winston Evans, President; Robert H. Lovett, 1st Vice President; W. H. Moore, 2nd Vice President; Hiram E. Todd, Secretary; John C. Scully, Treasurer. The meeting was addressed by Hon. Frank K. Dunn, Judge of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

The fourth annual meeting and banquet was held Monday, January 3, 1910, at the Creve Coeur Club, but was continued to Monday, January 17, 1910. Action was taken by motion to set up a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of acquiring the old Law Library Association for the Peoria Bar Association. The following members subscribed for shares at $50.00 each:

C. F. Barnett 1

J. R. Boulware 1

A. H. Burke 1

G. W. Campbell 1

D. A. Covey 1

L. O. Eagleton 1

J. M. Elliott 2

W. L. Ellwood 1

Winslow Evans 1

C. W. Heyl 1

Total 75

$3,750

 

The fifth annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held at the Principal Courtroom, October 3, 1911. No banquet.

The sixth annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held March 4, 1912, in the Branch Courtroom. L. O. Eagleton was nominated President for the ensuing year; contested by nomination of Hiram E. Todd. On balloting, L. O. Eagleton received 17votes and Hiram' E. Todd received 19 votes and was declared elected President for the ensuing year. Judge Winslow Evans was elected to serve as a Director in the Association of Commerce representing the Peoria Bar Association.

Motion by Mr. Cowan that members of the Association be allowed to take their wives or lady friends to the Supreme Court Banquet was declared out of order.

The seventh annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held January 6, 1913, 10:00 A.M., in the Branch Courtroom. New members elected to the Association were: George T. Bean, Paul Dallwig, Donald W. Evans, Otto Frederick, E. J. Galbraith, L. E. Sutherland, O. P. Westervelt, and G. F. D. Zimmerman. William G. McRoberts was elected President for the ensuing year.

Annual banquet of the Peoria Bar Association was held at the Creve Coeur Club February 18, 1913. The principal address was made by Honorable Harry Olson, Chief Justice of the Municipal Court of Chicago. W. G. McRoberts, the incoming President, was introduced by retiring President Hiram E. Todd, after which the meeting was adjourned.

A meeting and dinner by the Peoria Bar Association held at the Creve Coeur Club April 5, 1913 named the following members as delegates to the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association at Springfield, Illinois, on April 8and 9, 1913: W. G. McRoberts, Hugh E. Wilson, Samuel D. Wead, John M. Niehaus, Frank T. Miller, William L. Ellwood, Clarence W. Heyl, Hiram E. Todd and Henry I. Nowlan.

The annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 5, 1914 address of retiring President McRoberts - postponed to time of annual banquet at Creve Coeur Club at 6:30 P.M. New members admitted were Giles E. Keithley, Roscoe C. Frederick and James A. Knowlton. judge Leslie D. Puterbaugh was elected President for the ensuing year.

Annual banquet of Peoria Bar Association was held at the Creve Coeur Club Monday, January 5, 1914, 6:30 P.M. A speech was made by retiring President W. G. McRoberts and President elect L. D. Puterbaugh introduced the principal speaker, Mr. Robert McMuady, President of the Illinois State Bar Association.

The annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held at the Branch Courtroom Saturday, March 13, 1915.

The annual address of President Puterbaugh was postponed to date of the banquet. The following new members were admitted: E. V. Champion, Roscoe Herget and Leo G. Hanna.

It was resolved that in the future, a biographical sketch of a deceased member of the Association accompany the resolution, and that it be spread upon the records of the court.

The sum of $50.00 was voted by the Association to be sent through the American Bar Association to assist needy Belgian lawyers now in England and elsewhere. Frank T. Millerwon the election for President over Judge J. W. Maple 15-11.

Moved and seconded that the membership committee be instructed to extend personal invitations to attend the banquet, free of charge, to the younger members of the Bar and such other members of the Bar not members of this Association, as the said committee in its discretion deems advisable. Motion carried.

Annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 10, 1916. The address of President Frank T. Miller postponed until banquet. The following new members were admitted: Ren L. Thurman, John E. Dougherty, Tobias Bradley, Gerald H. Page, John Flannery, Harry Heyl and George R. Whitmore. Member Abe Jacobson was dropped from membership for failure to pay dues of $8.00. Judge J. W. Maple was elected President for the ensuing year.

Annual banquet of the Peoria Bar Association January 29, 1916. Justice Cook announced as speaker but no other record of banquet proceedings.

Annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 8, 1917. New members admitted: Harold Schradzki and Melville C. Hill.

Moved by Frank T. Miller that a picnic for 1917 be given and the expense be borne by the members attending. Motion tabled.

Annual banquet of the Peoria Bar Association at Jefferson Hotel, January 20, 1917. Speaker, Hon. H. W. Ballantine, University of Illinois.

Jay T. Hunter was elected President for the ensuing year. Twelve delegates were appointed to represent the Peoria Bar Association at the Illinois State Bar meeting in Chicago. Members admitted on motion: Edwin L. Richter, Howard White and Henry J. Ingram.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held at the University Club May 10, 1917. The following members were elected on motion: William J. Peck, Nathan Seidenberg, Glen Cameron, Hon. Walter A. Clinch, Clarence Roseberry and Robert Scholes.

Annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held January 7, 1918. Victor P. Michel approved for membership. A. M. Otman elected President for the ensuing year. The annual banquet was held at the Jefferson Hotel January 26, 1918. No report.

Monthly meeting of the Peoria Bar Association held at the Creve Coeur Club March 16,1918. Report made by John B. King on admission of new members: H. T. Landauer, John W. Fisher, Chas. G. Cisna, John R. Twedale, Arthur Keithley, Raymond Liggett, E. j., Abersol, H. E. Pratt, Earl B. Williamson, Charles B. King.

The following committee appointed to revise the fee schedule: H. E. Wilson, Chairman, W. G, McRoberts, H. E. Todd, W. W. Moore and John M. Elliott.

The meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held at the Jefferson Hotel, July 11, 1918. A revised fee schedule was adopted.

"It was moved and seconded that a committee be appointed to see that members of the Bar live up to the scheduled fees. The motion carried." Nathan Weiss was appointed chairman to select his own committee.

“It was moved that the Bar Association give no more free dinners to the members and that a charge be made for the annual banquet the coming years. Motion carried."

The meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held July 11, 1919. The President appointed Judge Miles and F. T. Miller as delegates to the National Convention of the State and Local Bar Associations. The following new members were elected: Arthur Irwin and Willard King.

The meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held September 17, 1919. The following new members were elected: Joseph L. Johnson, Bruce D. Dinnell and Francis Vonachen.

The annual business meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held January 5, 1920, 10:00 A.M., in the Branch Courtroom. J. M. Elliott, President. New member elected, Ben Goldstein; R. H. Lovett received 24 votes and Shelton McGrath 17 votes for President for ensuing year.

Annual Banquet, Creve Coeur Club, January 23, 1920. Judge R. H. Lovett presided. The only speakers were the members present. Committee on Grievances recommended that disbarment proceedings be instituted against J. Frank Lasley for alleged improper conduct. Motion to accept recommendation was unanimously carried.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, County Courtroom, January 3, 1921. Presiding: Judge Robert H. Lovett. New members admitted on motion: Edward E. Gale, Frank O. Turner, C. C. Dickman, Carl E. Phillips. Election of officers: O. P. Westervelt nominated Clarence W. Heyl for President and H. Dale Morgan for First Vice President and Hugh E. Wilson for Second Vice President; Roscoe Herget for Secretary. All were elected. "W. L. Ellwood urged the Committee on History to get a record of members including life, birth and a short sketch of their careers for future reference and that it be placed amongst the records of the Association. It was finally decided to let the new administrator attend to the securing of the requested information by Mr.

Ellwood."

Clarence W. Heyl announced that Senator Albert J. Beveridge, Edward N. Brundage and the Supreme Court of Illinois were invited to attend the annual banquet.

Meeting of the Peoria Bar Association at Jefferson Hotel, April 30, 1921, to honor Hon. Silas H. Strawn of Chicago and Hon. Alvin C. Margrave of Springfield. Both addressed the meeting. Clarence W. Heyl presided. Admitted on motion: Mrs. Gertrude B. Warner, H. L. Kelly and Frederick V. Arber.

Meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Jefferson Hotel, May 17, 1921. Special dinner meeting held in honor of Judge Robert H. Lovett who was leaving Peoria for Washington, D.C. upon his appointment as Assistant Attorney General of the United States.

Judge Joseph W. Maple was toastmaster. Addresses were made by Dan R. Sheen, Hiram E. Todd, Seymour A. Oakley (Editor of Star), Frank J. Quinn, Judge John M. Niehaus, Judge L. O. Eagleton, Chester Barnett, Justice Clyde E. Stone, Judge Glen j. Cameron, Judge G. C. Ryder of Pekin, Illinois, E. Bentley Hamilton and W. L. Ellwood. President Clarence W. Heyl presented General Lovett with a solid gold watch and chain, a gift of the Peoria Bar Association.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, May 23, 1921. President Heyl appointed the following as delegates to the Illinois State Bar Association meeting at Dixon, Illinois, June 9, 10, 11, 1921, namely: Judge John M. Niehaus, Charles A. Miles, Davis J. Cowan, Hiram E. Todd, Ira J. Covey, Lynn Covey, W. L. Ellwood, Wallace J. Black, H. D. Morgan, Thomas L.

Q'Hern, Frank T. Miller, E. Bentley Hamilton, Harold Schradzki and Clarence W. Heyl. Admitted on motion: E. L. Covey.

 

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Jefferson Hotel, November 19, 1921. Meeting addressed by Hon. John M. Niehaus. Justice Clyde E. Stone had been in accident and his place was taken by his secretary, George W. Hunt, who spoke on the work of the Illinois Supreme Court. On motion admitted: Rudel McKinney, Robert E. Kavanaugh and Mary Doubet Cassell.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Jefferson Hotel, December 17, 1921. 63 members attended. C. W. Heyl presided. Admitted on motion: E. D. McLaughlin and E. E. Horton. The President read a letter from the Illinois State Bar Association requesting that the local Bar Association designate a committee of attorneys to act as legal aid for the Associated Charities of Peoria. There was a consensus of opinion that each attorney should do his part in helping persons who were unable to pay for services and to otherwise assist the Associated Charities in legal aid service. Mr. Westervelt . moved that the Associated Charities be furnished with a list of the members of the Peoria Bar and that they would call on the list in rotation to render gratuitous services. Motion carried.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, 10:00 A.M., January 3, 1922. Clarence W. Heyl presided. Reports by Shelton McGrath, George W. Hunt, C. V. O'Hern, W. L. Ellwood, O. P. Westervelt, Judge C. V. Miles. Secretary Roscoe Herget reported 138 members to date; 3 deceased: Winslow Evans, Joseph V. Graff and Nicholas Ulrich; 3 resigned: Charles B. King, Willard King and Clarence Roseberry. Harry Dale Morgan elected President for 1922.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association at Hotel Jefferson, February 11, 1922. There were 114 present, including guests. Retiring President Heyl turned office over to successor, Harry Dale Morgan. The Honorable Henry R. Rathbone of Chicago spoke on "Last Day of Lincoln.”

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association at Hotel Jefferson, March 25, 1922. President H. D. Morgan presided. 45 present. Upon motion, admitted: Clarence H. Lefler, john E. Cassidy, and Paul M. Holtgreve.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association at Hotel Jefferson, October 7, 1922. 41 present. Guests of honor, Frank Quinn and Hiram E. Todd, members of Constitutional Convention for the proposed new Constitution.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Hotel Jefferson, December 16,1922. H. D. Morgan presided. 48 present. Admitted on motion: C. Barrett and W. O. Pendarvis.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 8, 1923. H. D. Morgan presided. Committees reported. Secretary E. Z. Horton reported 138 members; 2 resignations, Tobias Bradley and Benjamin Goldstein.

C. W. Heyl moved that thereafter the annual meeting and election of officers be held in the evening: Harold Schradzki moved that the annual dues be raised from $2.00 to $3.00. Carried.

"Minutes of the annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet of the Peoria Bar Association held in the Gold Room of the Jefferson Hotel, February 10, 1923." Invocation by Rev. Arthur R. Mclaughlin, First Congregational Church. Harry Dale Morgan presided. 125 present, including Hon. George T. Page, Judge Circuit Court of Appeals of U.S., Hon. Louis Fitzhenry, Judge District Court of U.S., Hon. George W. English, Judge District Court of U.S., Hon. James H. Wilkinson, Judge District Court of U.S., Hon. Clyde E. Stone, Justice Illinois Supreme Court, Hon. Oscar E. Head, Judge Appellate Court 3rd Dist. III., Hon. John M. Niehaus, Circuit Judge, Hon. C. V. Miles, Circuit Judge, Hon. Bruce E. Campbell, President Illinois Bar Association, the Board of Governors Illinois State Bar Association. There was no mention of Lincoln in the minutes or in the printed program other than in the designation as Lincoln Memorial Banquet.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association and election of officers, Branch Courtroom, Jan. 7, 1924. President O. P. Westervelt. Admitted on motion: John M. Niehaus, Jr., E. A. Anderson, Clark B. Montgomery and Clyde M. West. The President's address "would be held over until the Lincoln Day Dinner, to be held February 9, 1924."

Secretary Frederick V. Arber reported 140 members beginning of year 1923. Resignation, W. J. Peck. C. V. O'Hern reported on the annual meeting of the Illinois Bar Association held at Peoria May 31,June1 and 2, 1923.There were 391 delegates in attendance at the meeting. Joseph F. Bartley was elected President for 1924.

Minutes of the annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet of the Peoria Bar Association held in the Gold Room of the Jefferson Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 9, 1924. There were about 160 present, including Hon. Evan A. Evans, Judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hon. Louis Fitzhenry, Hon. Clyde E. Stone, Hon. Floyd Thompson, and other judges and distinguished guests.

There were 3 addresses but no formal mention of Lincoln.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association March 17, 1924. President Joseph F. Bartley. Admitted on motion: W. W. Donley, Jr., Eugene R. Johnson, Edward T. O'Connor, John F. Dougherty, Ira J. Covey, Jr. and Frederick F. Beckman.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, May 15, 1924. Charles V. O'Hern, Vice President, presided. The following were named as delegates to the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association, to be held at Terre Haute, Indiana: Hon. John M. Niehaus, Clarence W. Heyl, Joseph W. Maple, Harold Schradzki, Robert Jack, O. P. Westervelt, John M.

Elliott, Shelton McGrath, Harry S. Miller, C. V. O'Hem, John Cassidy, Robert Scholes. On motion admitted: Miss Stella L. Harmel.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association October 28, 1924, at the Creve Coeur Club, honoring 5 members of the Peoria Bar Association who had practiced 50 years: John M. Niehaus, Samuel D. Wead, Charles A. Kimmel, Daniel R. Sheen and James M. Morse.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, County Courtroom, November 11, 1924. The President appointed a committee to work with the Board of Supervisors on plans for erection of a new Courthouse: William G. McRoberts, John M. Elliott, J. T. Hunter, Harry S. Miller and George A. Shurtleff.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 12, 1925. Joseph F. Bartley presided. Secretary E. l. Covey reported members, 141. C. V. O'Hern, Chairman of the Entertainment Committee, reported on all meetings held during the year and reported, "The annual Lincoln Banquet will be held this year Monday evening, February 9th. There will be addresses by the President Joseph Bartley, by C. M. Clay Buntan, President ISBA, and response by Chief Justice Warren Duncan. The Justices of the Supreme Court will attend in a body as our guests and the Board of Governors of the ISBA have accepted our invitation to attend as our guests and in order to insure good attendance from that body they have set their winter meeting for that day in Peoria.”

"I n concluding your committee recommends that the monthly dinner and meeting system that has been so successfully followed for a number of years be continued, and that as frequently as possible these meetings should be the occasion for discussion of questions arising in the practice of the law."

J. E. Dailey

G. W. Hunt

Henry Kneller

H. R. Schradzki

C. V. Q'Hern

Joseph E. Dailey nominated for First Vice President by Clarence W. Heyl. Wallace J. Black was nominated by Alexander Burke. Upon ballot Joseph E. Dailey received 30 votes and Wallace J. Black 16.

President Bartley announced a dinner to be held at the Creve Coeur Club Thursday, January 15, 1925, in honor of Robert Scholes who had been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, and also announced the annual Lincoln Banquet to be held Feb. 9, 1925.

1925 report of Secretary E. L. Covey shows a membership of 138. The Bar picture containing pictures of 100 members of the Peoria Bar Association has been delivered and is the largest bar group picture ever issued.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 12,1926. Admitted on motion of H. R. Schradzki: Leo Kavanaugh, Roy P. Hull, Paul F. Bourscheidt, Lionel V. Teft, Lee O. Eagleton, Claude D. Kitchell, J. E. Houston. Joseph Earl Dailey nominated and elected President for 1926. The Lincoln Banquet to be held on or about February 10, 1926.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, June 28, 1926. President J. E. Dailey reported on meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association at Rock Island June 24, 1926. On motion admitted: J. Edward Radley and Richard Radley. Frank T. Miller presented resolution on death of Daniel R. Sheen.

Report of Secretary E. L. Covey for year 1926. Membership 138. Jan. 10, 1927. "The annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet which was held on February 10, 1926 was perhaps the most important meeting of the year, and while the expense connected therewith was greater than in former years, the Association may well be proud of such an occasion, which is fast becoming an event of importance not only locally but throughout the State and Nation. The Hon. Chester I. Long, as President of the American Bar Association, who was our principal speaker, has been reported to have said that our Lincoln Memorial Banquet is the finest meeting of its kind in the United States."

Minutes of annual meeting of Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 10, 1927. President Joseph E. Dailey presiding. The annual Lincoln Banquet set for February 12, 1927 at new Pere Marquette Hotel. Admitted on motion: Claire Westervelt, Willard B. Gaskins, James R. Mcintee and Verle W. Safford. H. C. Heyl elected President for 1927. "In the warm days of the last of June, our members and guests congregated at the Automobile Club for an annual picnic, which event has become a fixed one and looked forward to by all as one of the brightest pleasures of our vacation time. This committee is unable to report or comment on any of the speeches made at the picnic or dinner and each individual member must report to his own conscience what transpired that day when he was twenty miles from home." Signed - J. C. Dailey, H. C. Heyl, H. R. Schradzki, E. V. Champion, Howard White.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, June 7, 1927. President Harry C. Heyl presided. Annual picnic to be held at North Shore Country Club (formerly Automobile Club) June 30, 1927. The official list of delegates appointed to attend the Illinois State Bar Association at Champaign included for the first time a lady member, Miss Gertrude Werner.

Report of Secretary for the Peoria Bar Association, year 1927, membership 140.

 

"The annual Lincoln Banquet which was held at the Pere Marquette Hotel on February 12, 1927, was perhaps the most important meeting of the year and was attended by members of the Association almost 100 percent. It is hoped that the banquet to be held this year will be even larger and better than the banquets of previous years." E. l. Covey, Secretary.

Minutes of annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 9, 1928. E.

Bentley Hamilton elected President for 1928. Admitted on motion: Joseph Pursiful.

A report of the Illinois State Bar Association on schedule of fees made. Henry E. Pratt moved, seconded by Shelton F. McGrath, that the ISBA schedule of fees for second class counties be adopted. Carried.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association) Branch Courtroom, May 14,-1928. E. Bently Hamilton presiding President. Admitted on motion: Wayne B. Miller, Herbig Younge, C. D. Klatt and Clyde Traeger. Robert E. Kavanaugh presented Flags on behalf of the Association to the judges of the various courts of Peoria County, sheriff and Chairman of the County Board. Hon. John M. Niehaus accepted the Flags on behalf of the courts.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 14, 1929. President E. Bentley Hamilton presided. Admitted on motion: Fred W. Potter and John J. Sheahan. O. P. Westervelt elected President for 1929.

The Treasurer's report for 1928 shows several items of expense, apparently for a dinner given in honor of john W. Wigmore, at that time Dean of Northwestern University Law School, one of the outstanding legal scholars and authors of the country. E. l. Covey, Secretary, reported "The Wigmore meeting held in December (1928) was the best attended meeting of its character held this year, and those who failed to attend missed a real treat."

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, University Club, May 28, 1929. Held to honor members who had 50 years of practice - Hon. Walter A. Clinch, Hon. Judson Starr, Hon. Charles B. King and Hon. Charles Luthy.

Admitted on motion: Albert J. Weil (son of Joseph Weil, member of the Peoria Bar Association).

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, September 12, 1929. Admitted on motion: Valentine C. Guenther, Ray E. Williamson, Emerson Anthony, Ralph Monk, Charles McElwee and Walter Winget.

Annual meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, January 13, 1930. Admitted on motion: Louis F. Knobloch, Charles Meade, Charles Wesner and Norbert W. Behrens. Robert P. Jack elected President for 1930. Membership - 146. Deaths: Walter A. Clinch, John Dailey, Robert E. Scholes (Oct. 23,1929) and Frank A. Quinn.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, University Club, May 8, 1930. Presiding, President Robert P. Jack. Speaker, Professor Oliver Leroy McCaskill, College of Law, Univ. of Illinois.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, University Club, May 19, 1930. President Robert Jack presiding. Peoria Bar Association invited the Illinois State Bar Association to hold its annual meeting for the year 1931 in Peoria.

Admitted on motion: Harry Hoffman, Orville Schoch, Jesse D. Weast, Robert Wilhelm and Miss Leslie Harrison.

Clarence W. Heyl outlined the program for the Illinois State Bar convention. E. V. Champion moved and H. Dale Morgan seconded motion that members of the Peoria Bar Association attend en masse the annual Bar Dinner of the Illinois State Bar convention on Thursday, May 29, 1930. Carried.

Minutes of the meeting of the Peoria Bar Association at Mt. Hawley Country Club September 19, 1930 complimentary to Clarence W. Heyl, President of the Illinois State Bar Association. 75 members present. Robert P. Jack, President, acted as toastmaster and introduced speakers from Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors, P. J. Kolb, Judge R. V. Fletcher, Franklin L. Velde (ex-president of the Illinois State Bar Association), Judge James S. Baldwin, R. Allan Stephens, W. W. Whitmore. Reported by Verle W. Safford, Secretary.

Special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association, Branch Courtroom, November 13, 1930. Robert P. Jack named the following members to act with the Board of Supervisors of Peoria County relative to the plans for the construction of a new Courthouse, namely: Harry E. Pratt, George Hunt, John M. Elliott, Hiram E. Todd and Joseph F. Bartley.

MEETINGS – 1958 – 1978

 

1958 Election of officers and contribution to Peoria Legal Aid Society, $1,200.00.

1959 Peoria County Bar Association dues raised to $15.00 per annum. Contribution to Legal Aid Society, $1,200.00 Adoption of Inter Professional Conduct Code governing conduct between attorneys and physicians. Election of officers.

1960 Approved purchase of portrait of Federal Judge Leroy Adair. Clarence W. Heyl and Edwin V. Champion arranged for the presentation to the United States District Court for Southern Illinois in ceremony at Federal Building in Springfield. Presentation commending Public Building Commission for efforts to build new Courthouse $1,200.00 contributed to Legal Aid Society.

1961 Contribution to Legal Aid Society, $1,500.00. Motion to permit judges of Peoria County Courts of Record to be eligible for election to office in the Peoria County Bar Association defeated.

1962 Contribution to Legal Aid Society, $1,500.00. Motion to make judges Ingram, White, Richards, Hunt and Iben honorary members of the Peoria County Bar Association carried.

1963 Adopted Illinois State Bar Association Schedule of Fees as Peoria County Bar Association Schedule of Fees. Contribution to Legal Aid Society, $1,200.00.

1965 Opening of new Law Library and securing Mary Louise Jacquin as Executive Secretary primary accomplishment of this year. Contribution of $500.00 to Lawyers Referral Service and $1,200.00 to Legal Aid Society.

1966 Motion to appoint committee for the Illinois State Bar Association 100 year celebration in 1977. Applications for 24 new members received and passed. Contribution to Legal Aid Society, $1,200.00. Letter sent to President requesting appointment of judge to fill the vacancy created by death of District Judge Frederick O. Mercer.

1967 Necrology Committee authorized to purchase pictures of Judges Daily and Stone to be hung in Law Library. Authorized Board of Directors to plan a reception for Robert Morgan following his installation as U.S. District Judge.

1968 Resolution adopted that Peoria County Bar Association favors the calling of a State Constitutional Convention and urging a vote in favor of the Blue ballot in November, 1968.

1969 Adopted amendment to By-Laws to read "Honorary - Distinguished judges of Court of Record, Magistrates, Referees in Bankruptcy, and non-resident lawyers may be elected honorary members in the manner hereinafter provided."

1970 Portrait of U.S. District Judge Mercer purchased at the request of School District #150. Three members of the Peoria County Bar Association appointed to act as hearing officers in expulsion cases in the district.

1971 Peoria County Bar Association Foundation approved by Internal Revenue Service. Ceremony at Springfield, Illinois Federal Court Room for the hanging of the portrait of Judge Frederick O. Mercer attended by many members of the Peoria County Bar Association on January 22, 1971. Many members of the Peoria County Bar Association attended the American Bar Association's annual meeting in London in July.

1972 Contribution of $1,000.00 each by Peoria County Bar Association and County Board to the Law Library. Audit of accounts and request of Secretary-Treasurer showed total assets of the Peoria County Bar Association in the amount of $9,022.96. Peoria County Bar Association held cocktail party in honor of Lyle W. Allen, President of the Illinois Bar Association, which was attended by a large number of members.

1973 Rae C. Heiple and Roy P. Hull made honorary life members after 50 years of practice. John H. Royster appointed Chairman of Ad Hoc Committee to ascertain date of the formation of the Peoria County Bar Association and make a written report on the history of the Peoria County Bar Association.

1974 Ceremony honoring Justice Culbertson at the hanging of his picture in the Law Library. Minimum fee schedules abolished.

1975 Survey of Peoria County Bar Association members showed a majority of those responding were in favor of continuing the Lincoln Day Banquets. Honorary life membership granted to Arthur B. Copeland and J. Edward Radley on 50 years of practice. Annual membership dues for 5 year members raised to $40.00.

1976 Christmas party held at the Continental Regency December 9th. Greater Peoria Legal Aid Society was incorporated which includes all members of the Peoria County Bar Association.

1977 The Peoria County Bar Association now has a total membership of 390. At the annual meeting in June, 1977, President Molchan appointed a Long Range Planning Committee to investigate current problems and other matters facing the Association. A Centennial Committee, with William Altenberger and William Wombacher as Co-chairmen, was appointed to start preparations for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Peoria County Bar Association in 1979. Tim Swain II was successful in collecting pictures of all the past Presidents of the Association and they were hung in the Lawyers Conference Room in the Courthouse. A ceremony honoring these Presidents was held prior to the annual meeting, which was attended by a large number of the Association's members, surviving families of the Peoria County Bar Association's Presidents, and the news media.

PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Annual Meeting, July 10, 1978

Held at Peoria Hilton Hotel

LUNCHEON

"Major Issues Facing our Profession" Lowell R. Beck

Deputy Executive Director,

American Bar Association

Treasurer's Report Jack C. Brady

President's Report Randall A. West

Proposed By-Law Amendments Jackson P. Newlin,

Chairman, By-Laws Committee

New Business

Election of Officers Richard N. Molchan

Chairman Nominating Committee

The Year Ahead Richard E. Quinn

President, 1978-79

The large attendance by the members indicated approval of the shift of annual meeting at the courthouse to a luncheon meeting with a speaker.

MILITARY SERVICE OF PEORIA COUNTY

BAR ASSOCIATION

A special meeting of the Peoria Bar Association was held on February 12, 1918, when a general discussion covered in what manner the Peoria Bar Association could assist in the war work. H. Dale Morgan was appointed chairman of a committee to secure "four minute" speakers from the Bar Association and to confer with C. V. Stone who had general charge of that work in Peoria.

A committee was appointed to secure a suitable Roll of Honor of Peoria attorneys in military service to be placed in the Peoria County Courthouse. Frank T. Miller was appointed chairman of the committee which Included C. V. Miles, L. E. Sutherland, W. L. Ellwood and Roscoe Frederick.

Attorney C. V. Miles explained the War Savings Stamp plan and with Giles Keithley was appointed to keep in touch with the war work. G. W. Burton was appointed chairman of a committee to keep in touch with members of the Bar who were in military service and report to the Association. The treasurer reported that the finances of the Association were such that he could not pay for the floral tribute sent to the funeral of Judge Puterbaugh. The matter was referred to the Executive Committee.

HONOR ROLL OF MEMBERS OF PEORIA BAR

ASSOCIATION IN WORLD WAR I

 

Emmerson T. Anthony

Frederick V. Arber

Frederick F. Beckan

Carl Behrman

Halsey l. Bingham

Tobias E. Bradley

Herbert F. Brannon

John E. Cassidy, Sr.

Edwin V. Champion

Charles G. Cisna

Edwin L. Covey

Ira Jay Covey, Jr.

Arleigh Davis

John F. Dougherty

Bruce E. Dwinnell

William l. Eagleton

Harry E. Egolf

Donald W. Evans

Otto Frederick

Edward E. Gafe

Benjamin F. Goldstein

Leo G. Hanna

Roscoe Herget

Harry C. Heyl

Melville C. Hill

Paul N. Holtgreve

Eugene E. Horton

Roy P. Hull

Henry J. Ingram

Eugene R. Johnson

Robert E. Kavanaugh

Bernard C. Kelly

Henry Kneller

Raymond A. Liggett

Rudel McKinney

Eugene D. McLaughlin

John M. Niehaus, Jr.

Edward T. O'Connor

Gerald H. Page

Wilbur O. Pendarvis

Herbert E. Peterson

Carl E. Phillips

Franz Puterbaugh

J. Edward Radley

Irwin S. Rubelle

Harold R. Schradzki

John C. Scully, Sr.

Nathan C. Seidenberg

Lionel V. Tefft

Ren Thurman

Francis C. Vonachen

John Wansborough

Clyde M. West

E. B. Williamson

Walter W. Winget

HONOR ROLL OF MEMBERS OF PEORIA BAR

ASSOCIATION IN WORLD WAR II

ARMY:

Lyle W. Allen

Joseph F. Bartley, Jr.

Robert S. Calkins

Ira J. Covey, Jr.

Lester F. Carson

Sidney Davidson

Robert G. Day

Wilbur D. Dersch

Parmelee Dovey

Theodore B. Durfee

William McD. Frederick

Jacob Gross Thomas

S. Hession, Jr.

Robert E. Hunt

Arber Johnson

Donan C. Kirley

Theodore Korb

Eugene Leiter

Wayne H. Mathis

David C. McCarthy

Robert D. Morgan

John M. Niehaus, Jr.

Hudson R. Sours

Fred V. Stiers

Duane G. Stone

James E. Sutherland

George Traicoff

Lewis Van Dyke

Oswald D. Vespa

William J. Voelker, Jr.

Silas Wallk

Harry M. Weakley

NAVY:

Donald Beste

Robert L. Burhans

Robert A. Coney

Robert J. Clendenin

William L. Eagleton

Raymond J. Fraser

Kinsey James

C. David Klatt

David C. McCarthy

Robert H. McCarthy

London C. Middleton

Jackson P. Newlin

William C. Nicol

John Radley

Micael A. Shore

John D. Thomason

John H. Welch

Charles A. Wesner

MARINES

James F. Bierly

Lester B. Smith

COAST GUARD

Alex L. Sloan

A Legal Advisory Board under County Judge Francis C. Vonachen gave free time to advise inductees on legal matters. The Board consisted of Probate Judge Charles G. Cisna, Roscoe Herget, Howard White, Shelton McGrath, Claude D. Kitchell, Edward E. Gale, Louis Knobloch, John Radley, Frederick J. Lee, Robert D. Morgan, Herbig Younge, Wm. O. Pendarvis and Hugh Wilson.

HONOR ROLL OF MEMBERS OF PEORIA BAR

ASSOCIATION IN MILITARY SERVICE AFTER WORLD WAR II

ARMY

 

William V. Altenberger

F. Louis Behrends

Glen L. Borden

Glenn J. Church

Terry A. Dobbins

Robert F. Fahey

James Hatcher

Edmund F. Harmon

John A. Holtzman

Randall M. Jacobs

E. Richard Johnson

Frederick A. Johnson

Arthur R. Kingery

Emmett W. Lally

Maximilian M. Prusak

Richard E. Quinn

Charles G. Roth

Timothy W. Swain II

Robert C. Strodel

Thomas H. Trager

Randall A. West

Charles M. Wilson

NAVY

William M. Ahlenius

Robert L. Burhans

James L. Hafele

Robert H. Miller

Melvin O. Moehle

THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS HAVE SERVED AS

PRESIDENT OF THE PEORIA BAR ASSOCIATION

 

1906 *William L. Ellwood

1907 *Samuel D. Wead

1908 *John M. Niehaus

1909 *Winslow Evans

1910 *John S. Stevens

1911 *William Jack

1912 *Hiram E. Todd

1913 *Wm. G. McRoberts

1914 *Leslie D. Puterbaugh

1915 *Frank T. Miller

1916 *Joseph W. Maple

1917 *Jay T. Hunter

1918 *Arthur M. Otman

1919 *John M. Elliott

1920 *Robert H. Lovett

1921 *Clarence W. Heyl

1922 *Harry Dale Morgan

1923 *0. P. Westervelt

1924 *Joseph F. Bartley

1925 *Charles V. O'Hern

1926 *Joseph E. Daily

1927 *Harry C. Heyl

1928 *E. Bentley Hamilton

1929 *E. V. Champion

1930 *Robert P. Jack

1931 *George A. Shurtleff

1932 Edwin L. Covey

1933 *Ernest J. Galbraith

1934 *Chester F. Barnett

1935 *Richard J. Kavanagh

1936 *Henry J. Ingram

1937 Verle W. Safford

1938 *Frederick V. Arber

1939 *Clyde R. Birkett

1940 John M. Niehaus, Jr.

1941 *Eugene D. Mclaughlin

1942 Eugene R. Johnson

1943 *Roscoe Herget

1944 *Francis C. Vonachen

1945 *Shelton F. McGrath

1946 John E. Cassidy

1947 *Victor P. Michel

1948 *Wilbur O. Pendarvis

1949 *Charles G. Cisna

1950 *John D. Thomason

1951 *Harry B. Hoffman

1952 Howard White

1953 *Robert E. Kavanaugh

1954 Timothy W. Swain

1955 Theodore B. Durfee

1956 *Wayne H. Mathis

1957 Chester l. Anderson

1958 Arthur B. Copeland

1959 Thomas B. Kennedy

1960 *Hudson R. Sours

1961 Max J. Lipkin

1962 *Herbig Younge

1963 *Eugene Leiter

1964-65 *Leon E. Sutherland

1965-66 Robert D. Morgan

1966-67 Joseph Z. Sudow

1968-69 Wm. B. Wombacher

1969-70 Joseph F. Hession

1970-71 *Golden A. McConnell

1971-72 Homer W. Keller

1972-73 Stanley W. Crutcher

1973-74 Mishael O. Gard

1974-75 J. Martin Lawless

1976-77 Richard N. Molchan

1977-78 Randall A. West

1978-79 Richard E. Quinn

1979-80 Frederick W. Allen

*Deceased

CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE OF PEORIA COUNTY

BAR ASSOCIATION

William V. Altenberger

William B. Wombacher

Co-Chairmen

Frederick W. Allen William B. Gaskins

Lyle W. Allen Richard E. Quinn

John C. Brady Edwin J. Sommer, Jr. Verle W. Safford

 

1978-1979

PEORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Officers

Richard E. Quinn President

Frederick W. Allen President-Elect

Wayne L. Hanold Second Vice President

John C. Brady Secretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors

 

Frederick W. Allen

John C. Brady

James H. Bunce

Robert L. Burhans

Michael A. Fleming

Wayne L. Hanold

R. Michael Henderson

Paul S. Kuster

J. Martin Lawless

John C. Newell

Kent A. Noble

Richard E. Quinn

Randall A. West

William B. Wombacher

CONCLUSION. It is fitting that in concluding this short resume of the history of the organization of the Peoria County Bar Association we should cite the statement of purpose as set forth in the first Peoria Bar Association's constitution of 1879:

"The Association is formed to promote reform in the law, to facilitate the administration of justice, to elevate the standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, to encourage a thorough and legal education and to cherish a spirit of brotherhood among the members thereof."

It is the hope of the Peoria County Bar Association to have a membership that will hold to the high purpose above set forth, among its members and in its relation to the public.

John H. Royster

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