Lee County Biography


Clarence C. Brooks is one of the younger members of the Dixon bar, practicing successfully, however, as junior partner in the firm of Brooks & Brooks, his associate being his brother H. A. Brooks. He represents one of the old families of the county, his birth having occurred in Marion township, April 12, 1879, his parents being Benjamin F. and Susan O. (Morris) Brooks. No event of special importance occurred to vary for him the routine of farm life, his youth being spent upon the old homestead. He supplemented his public-school education by a course in Dixon ?College and was graduated with the class of 1903. Desiring to follow the profession in which his brother had already embarked, he took up the study of law with him and in 1906 was admitted to the bar. He was then admitted to partnership by his brother and the firm of Brooks & Brooks, general practitioners, occupies today a prominent position among leading lawyers of the city. He has ever recognized the fact that industry is just as essential to success in the professions as in commercial circles and close application and unfaltering perseverance, therefore, have been elements in securing his advancement. Like his brother, Mr. Brooks is a member of the Odd Fellows and has also filled the chairs in the local lodge, being now a past noble grand.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.



Concentrating his energies upon the general practice of law, Hiram A. Brooks has advanced step by step in his profession until his position is an enviable one. His clientage is large and important and his work in the courts is recognized as of solid worth. He has comprehensive knowledge of the principles of law and is seldom, if ever, at fault in the application of a legal principle, owing to the thoroughness and care with which he prepares his cases. A native of Lee county, Mr. Brooks was born in Marion township, in September, 1868, and is a son of Benjamin F. and Susan O. (Morris) Brooks, the former a farmer by occupation, devoting his entire life to that pursuit.

The early experiences of Hiram A. Brooks were such as usually fall to the lot of farm lads. His preliminary education was obtained in the public schools and later he entered Dixon College, then the Northern Illinois Normal School, in which he pursued his more specifically literary course and was graduated with the class of 1890. Upon this as a foundation he began his law course, studying under William Barge of Dixon, and after thorough preliminary reading was admitted to the bar in 1893. The following year he took up the practice of law and has since been constantly active in his profession. For two years he served as city attorney, but almost the entire time has been given to private practice, which constantly becomes more and more important in character and greater in volume. His ability to solve intricate law problems is now widely recognized. His mind is analytical, logical and inductive With a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental principles of law he combines a familiarity with statutory law and a sober, clear judgment which makes him not only a formidable adversary in the courts but also a wise and safe counselor. At no time has his reading ever been confined to the limitation of the questions at issue. It has gone beyond and compassed every contingency and provided not only for the expected but also for the unexpected, which happens in the courts quite as frequently as out of them. He is, therefore, remarkable among lawyers for the wide research and provident care with which he prepares his cases.

In 1893 Mr. Brooks was united in marriage to Miss Mary S. Fisher, and unto them was born a son, Byron A. Brooks. Following the death of the mother Mr. Brooks wedded Lottie Baldwin of Dixon. They are well known socially here and the hospitality of their home is greatly enjoyed by their many friends. Mr. Brooks is prominent in the local circles of Odd Fellows, being a past noble grand of the Dixon lodge, and both he and his wife are members of the Peoples church.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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