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cial circuit in June, 1897. When he came to Charleston the public passed
favorable judgment upon him, and this opinion has never been set aside or in
any degree modified. It has, on the contrary, been emphasized by his careful
conduct of important litigation, his candor and fairness in the presentation of
cases, his zeal and earnestness as an advocate and his impartiality on the bench.

The Judge in his law practice and his official duties receives the generous
commendation of his contemporaries, who unite in bearing testimony as to his
high character and superior mind.

On the ist of June, 1882, the Judge was united in marriage, in Mount
Gileacl, Ohio, to Miss Alice Trimble. They have two children: Andrew Kersh-
ner, who was born April 20, 1894; and Ruth Bryant, born August 6, 1896.
Their eldest child, Herbert K., died in infancy.

Isaac B. Craig, well known in legal and legislative circles, has attained
prominence at the bar and has several times been called upon to represent his
district in the general assembly, where he has exerted a marked influence
on the legislation of the commonwealth. He was born near Charleston, Coles
county, Illinois, his parents being Isaac N. and Elizabeth (Bloyer) Craig. His
great-grandfather. William Craig, was a Scotch-Irishman, born in 1731. A
Revolutionary patriot, he served for four years under Captain Uriah Springer,
in the Seventh Regiment of Virginia, and died in 1823. .Robert Craig, the
grandfather, was born in Virginia and died in Illinois about 1850. He was a
soldier in the Indian wars and participated in the battle under Colonel John-
son, of Kentucky, afterward vice-president of the United States, in which
Tecumseh, the Indian chief, was killed. Isaac N. Craig, father of our subject,
was born in Montgomery county, Kentucky, in 1810, and in 1828 emigrated to
Illinois. He became prominently identified with the settlement, growth and
progress of Clark, Edgar and Coles counties, was always deeply interested in
the cause of education and attributed the great growth of his adopted state to
its excellent common-school system. His political support was given the
Democracy. In 1841 he married Elizabeth Bloyer, a native of Lancaster, Penn-
sylvania, and of Swiss descent. The father died in Coles county, Illinois, at the
age of eighty-two, and his wife, surviving him about three years, passed away
at the age of seventy-six.

In his youth Isaac B. Craig attended the common schools of his native
county. His experiences were those of most farmer lads. He assisted in the
labors of field and meadow, rising at four o'clock in the morning and working
all day. He did not find this work congenial, however, and at the age of eigh-
teen he left home and in the best manner he could began to prepare for the
practice of law, which he had determined to make his life work. He was grad-
uated in the Ann Arbor law school and after his admission to the bar located
in Mattoon, where he has made his home since January, 1878. Opening an
office he has gradually and steadily built up a good practice and now has an ex-
tensive clientele, which connects him with most of the important litigation of
his district. He has not only been an active factor in the enforcement of the
law but has also been instrumental in framing the same. He was elected a


member of the general assembly in 1888 and re-elected in 1891, a fact which
indicates his personal popularity and the high regard and confidence reposed
in him, for his district is Republican and he is a stanch Democrat. He was
chairman of the Democratic caucus and appointed the committee that had
charge of the election of General Palmer to the United States senate. During
one session he was also chairman of the committee on the judicial department
and practice. In 1893, against his wishes, he was compelled to accept the nom-
ination for state senator, and after a very hotly contested campaign was elected
by a small majority. In that session he was chairman of the committee on
corporations. In 1896 he was again elected to the house and was the Demo-
cratic nominee for speaker.

On the 22d of October, 1879, Mr. Craig was married, in Mattoon, to
Miss Helen Hasbrouck, daughter of Abram and Gertrude Louise (Smith) Has-
brouck. Her father was born in Ulster county, New York, in 1825, and her
mother was born in Middlebury, Vermont, in 1828. Both are still living. Mr.
and Mrs. Craig now have three children: Helen Louise, who was born Novem-
ber 30, 1891; Florence Gertrude, August 3, 1893; and Katheryn, August 7,
1895. Socially Mr. Craig is connected with the Masonic and Knights of Pythias
fraternities, and his genial, companionable qualities make him a favorite both
within and without the lodge room.

Andrew J. Fryer, for thirty years a member of the bar of Charleston, has
gained distinction as a legal practitioner by reason of his earnest labor and
devotion to duty. He was born on the Licking river, in Pendleton county,
Kentucky, September 22, 1844, and is a son of Lloyd and Ella Fryer, the former
a farmer by occupation. The grandparents were natives of Wales and were of
Scotch-Irish descent.

The subject of this review lost his mother during his infancy and at the
age of fifteen started out in life for himself, equipped for its responsible and
arduous duties by a common-school education. In the spring of 1863 he came
to Coles county, Illinois, where he worked on a farm until 1864 and also at-
tended the public schools. He then engaged in teaching and followed that
profession until 1867. In the meantime he had begun the study of law and in
the fall -of 1867 entered the law department of the Michigan State University,
at Ann Arbor. Licensed to practice at the bar of Illinois in 1868, after suc-
cessfully passing an examination before Hon. Joseph G. Cannon, then state's
attorney, he began practice in Charleston, forming a partnership with Colonel
O. B. Ficklin. In 1870 he was elected city attorney and filled that office until
1872. In 1883, 1884 and 1887 he represented Charleston township on the
board of supervisors and in 1883 was chairman of the board. He was a member
of the Democratic state central committee from 1878 to 1886. In 1885 and
1886 he was a member of the city council, elected on the Democratic ticket,
having always supported the Democratic party. His attention, however, is not
very largely given to political interests, being more occupied with the duties of
his profession. He is very loyal and faithful to his clients; and when indefatiga-


ble labor in the preparation of a case, combined with great care in its presenta-
tion before court or jury, can win the suit, it is always his.

Socially Mr. Fryer is a Mason, and religiously an Episcopalian. His pleas-
ant home relations have been maintained since January 4, 1882, which was the
date of his marriage to Miss Nellie Ball, daughter of Dr. Fred Ball, of La-
grange, Georgia, and a cousin of the late senator, A. H. Colquitt, of Georgia,
and of Mrs. O. B. Ficklin, of Charleston. Mr. and Mrs. Fryer have two chil-
dren; A. J., born August 15, 1883, and Margaret Lane, born April 27, 1891.

Charles Kellum, for eighteen years a distinguished member of the judi-
ciary of Illinois, has long been identified with the legal fraternity. He was born
on a farm in Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1821, and is of
Scotch-Irish descent. Some of his ancestors were numbered among the heroes
of the Revolution, and were noted for their industry, high moral character and
determination of purpose.

In his early life Judge Kellum attended the public schools and academy
of his native county, and at the age of eighteen became connected with an en-
gineering corps in the construction of the North branch of the Pennsylvania
canal. In 1841 he began reading law under the preceptorship of the firm of
Lusk" & Little, of Montrose, Pennsylvania, and in the meantime engaged in
teaching school to some extent. In August, 1844, he was admitted to the bar
of the Keystone state, and in 1855 removed to Sycamore, Illinois, where he
entered into partnership with William Fordham, which connection was con-
tinued for one year. He soon acquired a large clientage in DeKalb and other
counties; was at one time state's attorney of the thirteenth judicial circuit, and
up to the time of his election to the office of circuit judge was found as counsel
for the prosecution or defense in almost every case tried in De Kalb county and
in many important cases tried elsewhere in the circuit. In 1879 he was elected
judge of the twelfth judicial circuit of Illinois and served for three consecutive
terms of six years each, when he declined a renomination. What higher tes-
timonial of his ability could be given? In this day when the cry of political cor-
ruption is so often heard, it may be possible for party leaders to get a favorite
into office, but the public is a discriminating factor and will not retain a man
in an incumbency when he has shown himself incompetent or unworthy of the
public trust. Re-election therefore is an unmistakable evidence of ability and
fidelity on the part of the man in office, and in the case of Judge Kellum the
nattering vote which he received plainly indicated the public sentiment toward
him. As a lawyer he has always ranked with the best, and as judge he at-
tained the highest reputation for the correctness of his decisions. On his retire-
ment from the bench he did not resume the practice except to act as counsel
in important matters.

In 1878 Judge Kellum refused a nomination for congress at the hands of
the Republican party, with which he has been affiliated since its organization.
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and has attained the Knight Templar

He was married in March, 1855, to Miss Chloe Clement, a native of La


Porte, Indiana, who died January 24, 1898. They had two sons, William C., an
attorney of Sycamore, and Samuel, who is in the mercantile business in Chicago.
Duane J. Carnes, of Sycamore, was born in Pomfret, Windsor county,
Vermont, May 27, 1848, his parents being John and Mary Warren (Paine)
Carnes. His father was a successful farmer of Pomfret and in the manage-
ment of his business interests acquired a competence. He was regarded as one
of the leading and influential citizens of his community and held various town-
ship offices. His wife was a daughter of a farmer, Moses Paine, and a niece of
Hooper Warren, an early anti-slavery writer and editor of Illinois. On the
paternal side the family is of Scotch-Irish descent, the grandfather emigrating
from the Emerald Isle to the New World about 1815. He was a man of some
means and liberal education, and engaged in the manufacture of cloth at Clare-
mont, New Hampshire, where John Carnes was born in 1823. The Paine fam-
ily is of Puritan origin and Mrs. Carnes traces her ancestry back in direct line
to Stephen Paine, who emigrated from England to Massachusetts about 1636,
and founded the family whose branches are now found in Williamstown, Brook-
field and Pomfret, Vermont.

Duane J. Carnes spent the days of his youth on his father's farm, lacking
both the health and inclination [or hard physical labor. His tastes have always
been of a decidedly literary character. As a boy he was inclined to a quiet,
studious life and read everything that came within his reach. After completing
the course taught in the public schools he entered the State Normal School,
of Randolph, Vermont, where he was graduated in 1868. He engaged in teach-
ing in both the Green Mountain state and Illinois, both before and after his
course in the Normal, as a means of earning money to complete his education
and pursue the study of law. In 1868 he came to Logan county, Illinois, where
he was employed as a teacher in the public schools until 1872, when he returned
to his native state and pursued a course in the Normal, including Latin, being
graduated in 1873. 1 tne meantime he had decided upon a professional career,
and returning to Illinois began the study of law in the office and under the
direction of Hon. Charles Kellum, of Sycamore, being admitted to the bar in
September, 1875. He then began practice in partnership with his former pre-
ceptor, under the firm name of Kellum & Carnes, a connection that was con-
tinued until 1877, when he became associated with Hon. Luther Lowell, the
firm of Lowell & Carnes having a continuous existence until 1883. In that
year Mr. Carnes became a partner of Gilbert H. Denton, under the firm style
of Carnes & Denton, and the present partnership with George W. Dunton was
formed in 1889, the firm of Carnes & Dunton ranking among the ablest in this
section of the state. Mr. Carnes' law business has ever been of a very im-
portant character. Since 1883 he has been retained on one side or the other of
almost every important suit heard in the county, and at different times has
represented every bank and railroad corporation doing business in the county.
Messrs. Carnes & Dunton are now attorneys for I. L. Ellwood, of De Kalb;
of both banks of Sycamore; and of nearly all the manufacturing companies of
the county. The class of their business well indicates the ability of the firm,


for people do not entrust important legal interests in unskilled hands. Mr.
Games' knowledge of the law is comprehensive and exact. He has diligently
and faithfully served his clients and has succeeded in securing and retaining a
large and profitable clientage. He prepares his cases most thoroughly and in
the court-room convinces by his concise statements of law and fact. So high
is the respect for his legal ability and integrity that his assertions in court are
seldom questioned seriously.

In politics Mr. Carnes has always been a Republican, but has never sought
or desired public office, preferring to devote his energies to his profession.

He was married June i, 1880, to Miss Helen A. McMollan, and they have
one daughter, Hope, born October 15, 1882. His home interests and his busi-
ness largely constitute his life, yet his circle of friends, which is extensive, finds
him a very companionable, genial gentleman, and he is held in high regard
by all.

Joseph H. Hanly. There is nothing more inspiring in ordinary life than
the spectacle of an honest, energetic young man who rises by his own merit
and assiduous labors to a place of respect and influence, putting all obstacles
under his feet, and bravely making the best of t such obstacles as cannot be
overcome. Many difficulties have presented themselves in the career of the
subject of this article, but he has mastered them one by one, and now occupies
an enviable position in the legal circles of Springfield.

Born during the last days of the civil war, Joseph H. Hanly is now in the
prime of manhood, mental vigor and enthusiasm. His parents were Thomas
L. and Ellen Elizabeth (Culhane) Hanly, natives, respectively,, of Illinois and
county Kerry, Ireland. Our subject was born in Natchez, Mississippi, March
28, 1865. His boyhood was chiefly spent in Illinois, however, and until he
was seventeen years of age he attended the public schools of Waverly. He
was obliged to abandon his studies for a time on account of an injury to one
of his eyes, which had been struck by a snowball. He then began learning the
plasterer's trade and followed this calling for several years with success. Rheu-
matism proved his next serious foe, and he was forced to give up the active life
and seek another occupation. He had always kept up his general reading and
had become a well informed man on the general topics of the times, and he
now concluded to enter the legal profession. In the meantime, while studying
hard, he made his livelihood by dealing in real estate.

In 1891, some six months after he had taken up the study of law, Mr.
Hanly was elected city attorney of Waverly, Illinois. In January, 1893, he was
admitted to the bar, at Springfield, and in the following May he removed to
this city, opened an office and engaged in practice here until December, 1896,
when he went to Chicago, believing that he might gain a foothold there and
have broader opportunities. About five months of the severe and changeable
winter climate of the western metropolis proved sufficient to last him a life-
time and he returned to Springfield, where he enjoys much better health. Since
June, 1897, he has been actively occupied in his regular department of law
work, and though he is now alone in business he was connected with the firm


of Wood, Hanly & McAnulty for a short time. Until the last presidential
campaign Mr. Hanly was an adherent of the Democratic party, but at that
time he transferred his allegiance to the Republican party, whose plank of
sound money in their notable platform of 1896 more nearly approaches to his
views on the finance question than does the position taken by the other politi-
cal organization. He is a bimetallist, but is not in accord with the "sixteen to
one" policy.

The marriage of Mr. Hanly and Miss Susie D. Fergason, then a resident
of Clarksville, Missouri, was celebrated on the I3th of June, 1896.

Mahlon Ross. This honored old citizen of Virden, Macoupin county, was
admitted to the bar nearly half a century ago, and for two-score years he was
actively engaged in practice in this place. Success came to him as the result
of the untiring energy, well applied principles of business and determination
which he always manifested, and not by the aid of influential friends, wealth
or outside means. He was wise enough to realize at an early age that there
is no royal road to success in the profession which he had chosen, but that it
must be laboriously worked out by true merit and hard study. Having laid
these principles well to heart he went forth to do battle for what he believed
was the right, truth and justice, and now, his victory won, and with a compe-
tence for his declining years he can look back over the pathway he has come
with few regrets.

A native of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, Mahlon Ross is the seventh
child in his parents' family. He was born on the I2th of November, 1821, and
in his boyhood attended the common schools. Subsequently, he was a pupil in
Mission institute at Quincy, Illinois, for three years, after which he went to Mis-
souri, and there took up the study of law under the guidance of John S. Dryden,
of Palmyra. His father, Edward Carpenter Ross, died when Mahlon was about
. fifteen years old. Both he and his wife, Mary (Axtel) Ross, the mother of our
subject, were natives of the state of New Jersey. During the war of 1812 he
served faithfully in the interests of our country and was present at the en-
gagement at La Boeuf, on Lake Erie. Mrs. Mary Ross, surviving her husband
several years, departed this life in what was then the territory of Iowa, in 1846.

After he had passed sufficient time in study to qualify him to expound the
principles of law Mahlon Ross presented himself before the proper authorities
for examination and was duly admitted to the bar in 1850. For three years
thereafter he practiced in Calhoun county, Illinois, then was located for a year
in Greene county, this state, and in 1854 settled down in Virden, where he became
a permanent resident, identified with whatever has tended to be of benefit to this
community. His practice was not merely local, but extended into the adjacent
territory, Sangamon, Montgomery, Christian, Greene and Jersey counties.
A man of strong convictions and originality of thought, he has been a leader
and molder of public opinion. He never asked for nor desired public office
and distinction, but, on the contrary, kept strictly out of politics. He has served
as a justice of the peace and has been president of the village board, and at all
times has endeavored to do his whole duty as a patriotic citizen. For years


he has been loyal to the principles of the Republican party and has exerted his
influence on its behalf, when opportunity presented.

In 1857 Mr. Ross married Miss Harriet Roberts, a native of Lake county,
Ohio. Together they pursued the pathway of life, sharing each other's joys
and sorrows until death separated them, taking the loving wife and mother from
the happy home in 1892. Their eldest son, Alva, an attorney-at-law, has suc-
ceeded his father in business and is doing well.





PRANCIS M. YOUNGBLOOD, whose ancestral history is one of close
connection with the development and upbuilding of Illinois from terri-
torial days, deserves -special mention in this volume. About 1817 Isaiah
I. Youngblood, his father, came to Illinois and the same year was married to
Miss Electa Jones, the marriage taking place on the John Gassoway farm near
Frankfort, Illinois. The former was a native of Georgia, and the latter was born
in Connecticut in 1801.

Isaiah I. Youngblood was a farmer by occupation, and was a member and
minister of the Primitive Baptist church. His family numbered ten children, as
follows: Susan B., who married Daniel Ward and died in 1877, leaving nine
children, four sons and five daughters ; Emily C., who married William Wilson
and died in 1861, leaving four daughters and four sons; Corina I., who is the
wife of George W. Sturdevant and has five daughters and three sons, besides
having lost one son ; Louisa H., who is the wife of John Ford and has five sons
and one daughter living and one daughter deceased ; Louvina C., who is the
wife of M. C. Hawkins and has four sons and one daughter living, and one
daughter deceased ; Sarah A., who is the wife of John R. Hawkins and has seven
daughters and one son living and one son deceased ; William Jasper, who mar-
ried Emeline Hillin and has six daughters and two sons living and one son de-
ceased ; Francis M., who is the next of the family ; Edmund D., who is a promi-
nent member of the bar ; and Rachel C., who became the wife of W. W. Robin-
son, and has three daughters and four sons. The father of the children just
named, Isaiah I. Youngblood, died August i, 1850, and his wife passed away
January 7, 1842.

Francis M. Youngblood was born March 15, 1835, upon his father's farm
in Perry county, Illinois, where he was reared to manhood. In the common
schools of the neighborhood he pursued his education until 1858. He was then
married, at the same time entering upon' his domestic life and his business career.
In 1859 he was elected to the position of county treasurer of Perry county for a
two-years term, and while acceptably discharging the duties of that position he
also took up the study of law, which he diligently pursued until his admission to
the bar in 1862. He then entered upon the active practice of his chosen profes-
sion, and marked success attended his efforts, a fact which indicates his thor-
ough and comprehensive understanding of the principles of jurisprudence and his
ability to apply the points of law to the litigated questions. In 1868 he was



elected prosecuting attorney of the twenty-sixth judicial circuit, and for four
years filled that office, conducting his duties with such marked ability that he
won the commendation of all concerned. He continued in the active practice of
law in Benton, Franklin county, until 1887, when he came to Carbondale, since
which time he has been conspicuous, by reason of his ability, at the bar of this
place. He has always been a close student of his profession and is well versed
in the law, and in the presentation of a cause he makes a cogent argument, con-
vincing by the clearness of his statement and the force of reason. He has fully
demonstrated his fitness for the great requirements of his profession, and is the
recognized peer of any member of the bar in his section of the state. His prac-
tice has been general, and he is a forceful and successful advocate and a safe and
judicious counselor, equally able in civil and criminal practice. His reputation
as a lawyer has been won through earnest, honest labor, and his standing at the
bar is a merited tribute to his ability. Throughout his entire life Mr. Young-
blood has devoted his energies to the practice of law and has carved his name
deeply on the records of Illinois' jurisprudence.

In addition to the offices he has filled in the line of his profession, Mr.

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