Page images
PDF
EPUB

He studied law at the University and in 1868 entered the law office of the Hon. Elisha E. Meade. Upon examination in open court before Judge James S. Dewey, he was admitted to the bar, a full-fledged lawyer. In 1869 and 1870 he was clerk of the judiciary committee of the house of representatives at Lansing. On Nov. 1, 1869, he opened an office in Romeo, and here he practiced till his death. He was engaged in many important suits. Although in no sense an office seeker, he filled many important positions, as prosecuting attorney of his native county, president of the village seven years and its attorney many times. He was for more than twenty years director of the Romeo High School and always manifested a great interest in educational and historical matters. He spent much time in compiling a complete history of the various schools of Romeo, with a complete list of all the pupils of the same, together with the personal history of each so far as known, also a history of each successive schoolhouse and church of the village. He took great care to make this entirely reliable and succeeded in leaving to the community and to future generations a work of great interest and value. He was a Republican and for thirty years was a member of the state conventions as they occurred. In 1904 he was delegate to the national convention which nominated Roosevelt candidate for presidency. Though not a member of any church his sympathies were with the Congregationalists. A high Mason he served his lodge in every capacity and was always prompt and faithful. He was twice married, first in 1882 to Nellie J. Horton, who died two years after. In 1899 he married Marion Stone who survives him. He died at his home in Romeo, July 27, 1907.

MRS. HENRY J. MARTIN

Mrs. Martin whose maiden name was Martha E. Jones, died at Vermontville, Michigan, February 7, 1910. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1835, and came to Michigan in 1865. She was a graduate of Oberlin ('ollege and was a successful teacher in the Vermontville high school until 1867, when she married Henry J. Martin. She was very active in church, temperance and missionary work and a faithful, consistent member of the Congregational Church and of its choir.

She leaves a husband, two sons, J. J. and (. W. Martin of Battle Creek, and two daughters, Jennie and Edith of Vermontville.

WILLIAM C. MAYBURY

BY REV. JOHN CONNOLLY1

It is not the purpose of this humble appreciation of the life and labors of William C. Maybury, to enter into any lengthy or fulsome eulogy of his career. Rather it is the aim of the writer to state as simply and tersely as possible the salient facts and features of that career, which conduced so much to the up-building of his native city and State.

William Cotter Maybury was born in Detroit on the 20th of November, 1849, and died in his native city on May 5, 1909. His life, therefore, covered a span of sixty years; and that these were years full of usefulness and uplift for his friends and neighbors, no one who knew him, or of him, will dare gainsay. His father, Thomas Maybury, was born in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland, in 1809, and was there married, in 1832, to Miss Margaret Cotter. Two years later the young couple emigrated to America, first settling in Lockport, New York, but shortly removing to Detroit, making the then tedious and difficult journey by way of the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. They were the parents of eight children, most notable of whom was William C. Maybury, the subject of this sketch. At an early age he entered the old Houghton School, and after successfully completing his studies in the grammar grades, he was graduated into the old Capitol High School, from which institution he received his diploma in 1866. Immediately thereafter, he entered the literary department of the University of Michigan, which in stitution conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1871 he graduated from the law department of the same institution, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Subsequently, in 1880, his Alma Mater conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts as a signal token of its appreciation of his high standing in the professional life of this commonwealth.

He entered the law office of the Honorable George V. N. Lothrop. at that time the leader of the Michigan Bar, and subsequently the Minister of the United States at the Imperial Court of St. Petersburg. Upon his admission to the Bar in 1871 he formed a professional partnership with Edwin F. Conely, under the firm name of Conely & Maybury. Subsequently, Honorable Alfred Lucking became a junior member of the firm, which continued for some years under the firm title of Conely, Maybury & Lucking. In the early '90's, Mr. Conely withdrew from the firm, and for some years the firm was known as Maybury & Lucking,

Read at midwinter meeting, Kalamazoo, January, 1911.

but in the late '90's it became, by the addition of two junior partners, the firm of Maybury, Lucking, Emmons & Helfman.

While he was engaged in the pursuit of his profession, Mr. Maybury found time to take a prominent part in public affairs. His kindly personality and his rare mental gifts and attainments made him a popular favorite with the people of his native city. Always a staunch Democrat, he became recognized as the strongest man of his party in Detroit, and held that distinction for many years. From 1875 to 1880, he occupied the position of City Attorney of Detroit. In 1882, he was elected to represent the First Congressional District of Michigan in the Fortyeighth Congress and was re-elected in 1884. His record during both terms was one which reflected credit not only upon himself, but upon the great constituency which he represented. So quickly were his masterful abilities recognized, that he was accorded membership on the important committees of Judiciary, and Ways and Means. Amongst other peculiar benefits which he obtained for his native city, was the erection of the new postoffice building in Detroit; and securing the necessary permission from Congress to erect the bridge which connects the City of Detroit with Belle Isle Park.

After he had completed his second term in Congress, he retired to private life, and to the practice of his profession. His executive capacity was early recognized by men high in financial circles, and he was chosen, during this period, as the managing director of the Standard Life & Accident Association. For ten years he combined his profession and the care of his duties as the responsible head of the insurance company. Citizens of his native city were loath to deprive themselves for all time of his valuable and appreciated services, and on the 10th of April, 1897, he was chosen to serve as mayor for the unexpired term of Honorable Hazen S. Pingree, who had been elected Governor of Michigan at the preceding fall election. He was successively elected and reelected until 1904, when he again retired to private life. During all his term as Mayor, he held in the highest degree the warm affection of the public. He was noted as a man of the kindliest sympathies and the most unostentatious yet generous charity. At Christmas time, and at other appropriate seasons of the year, he personally visited all the charitable institutions of the city, and spoke words of cheer and comfort to the inmates. He inaugurated the system of grade separation which is now being pushed to completion in the city of Detroit. successfully celebrated the 200th anniversary of the founding of Detroit by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, and as a recognition of his services in that regard, he was elected by the French Government to the honorable position of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic. Not a breath of scandal ever attached to his administration

as mayor of the city, nor to the administrations of the several departments by men whom he appointed. He seemed to have the happy faculty of selecting trustworthy and efficient men, and of inspiring them with his own burning desire to faithfully serve his native city. Intermingled with this active life of public and professional usefulness, Mr. Maybury occupied a unique social position. It has been said of him that he was the most skillful press agent that any city ever possessed. Under his regime Detroit came to be known as the Convention City of the United States, and his skillful, tactful and happy manner of greeting the citizens of other communities gave him a nation-wide reputation as a public speaker.

Mr. Maybury was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, having passed every grade in both the York and Scottish Rite bodies, in cluding the thirty-third degree. In 1898 he served as Commander-inChief of Michigan Sovereign Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. No Masonic function was complete without his presence. In religion he was attached to the Protestant Episcopal Church, for many years acting as Senior Warden of St. Peter's Church, and was a director of the organization of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, a church organization of that religious denomination.

Mr. Maybury possessed a broad catholicity of spirit. He was incapable of personal or factional bitterness. He recognized in its fullest extent the brotherhood of man; and, more than any other man of his native city, sought to realize the obligations of that brotherhood in his daily life.

The people of the City of Detroit, by public subscription, are building a magnificent monument to his memory. It is to be placed in Grand Circus Park in Detroit, opposite that which commemorates the fame of the great Hazen S. Pingree. It is peculiarly fitting that the man of heart, the man of gentle words and gentle ways, should be set opposite the man of force and achievement so that they who come after us in the future days of this commonwealth will learn from both to acquire that blending of character which will indicate both strength and gentleness, both power and kindness.

*This statue of William C. Maybury is being made by the famous sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman who also designed the Alexander Macomb statue of Detroit. It will be in bronze.

JOHN C. PATTERSON

BY M. AGNES BURTON

John C. Patterson, one of the most prominent and influential citizens of southern Michigan was born in a log cabin in Eckford township, Calhoun County, March 27th, 1838. His parents were David and Harriet (Waite) Patterson, his father being a descendant of William Patterson of Argyleshire, Scotland, founder of the Bank of England. His boyhood was spent upon the farm and in attending school in the winter months. Later he attended the Seminary at Albion. In 1859 he entered Hillsdale College and worked his way through by teaching, waiting on table, working on the farm and ringing the bell. He graduated from the institution in 1864. His ambition led him to pursue his studies in the law school in Albany, N. Y., from which he graduated in 1867 and was admitted to the bar the same year. His first cases in the Supreme Court Michigan were argued before Judges Cooley, Campbell, Christiancy and Graves. After practicing two years he entered into partnership with William H. Brown and continued his profession in this State until the time of his death May 24, 1910.

In August 1867 he married Minnie Ward, a college classmate, wellknown as a scholar, artist and writer. In politics he was a Republican. For four years he was elected State Senator, his only political office, serving on the most important committees. By personal influence he secured the passage of an amendment to the general railroad law against the opposition on railroads and an adverse Senate, which made the Detroit, Toledo and Milwaukee Railroad from Allegan to Toledo through Marshall a possibility. He drafted, introduced and secured the passage of the statute of limitations to real estate mortgages, which has settled the titles to thousands of homes. He was chairman of the committee on taxation and introduced a bill suggesting a plan of tax commission to prepare a tax law which would relieve the taxpayers from double taxation by enabling the State to collect taxes on resident lands and thus removed the necessity of re-taxation upon the property owners who had already paid their just share.

Mr. Patterson also drafted the bill which placed probate judges on a salary according to the population. In 1901 he was prime mover and drafted the bill which made ('alhoun County the thirty-seventh judicial circuit. In 1903 as chairman of the committee on legislation and law reform of the State Bar Association he drafted the bill re-organizing the Supreme Court by adding three more judges. At that time his

non

« PreviousContinue »