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Sherman D. Callender
CALLENDER, Sherman D., lawyer; born, Hartsgrove, O., (Ashtabula Co) Mar. 18, 1869; son of Robert F. and Lois (Winslow) Callender; educated in public schools of Hartsgrove; New Lyme Institute, South New Lyme, O.; Oberlin College, graduating, degree of Ph. B.., 1895; Ohio State University, Law Department, degree of LL.B., 1898; married at Monroeville, O., Apr. 23, 1904, Sylvia May Cornell. Reared on farm; sold books to pay expenses at college; taught school three years before studying law; began in practice at Toledo, O., 1898; removed to Detroit, 1899. Secretary Kennedy Optical Co.; director and attorney Detroit Improved Realty Co.; attorney Vinton Co. Member Detroit and Michigan State Bar associations. Republican. Congregationalist. Member Corinthian Lodge No. 241, F. & A. M., Beta Theta Pi. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Fellowcraft. Recreations: Tennis and outdoor sports. Office: 412 Moffat Bldg. Residence: 50 W. Ferry Av.
[Source: "The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis; pub. 1908 - CW - Sub by FoFG]

Frank T. Caughey
CAUGHEY, Frank T., grain commission; born in Ashtabula Co., O., June 21, 1853; son of Samuel S. and Nancy (Davidson) Caughey; educated in public schools of Ashtabula Co. and at Pennsylvania State Normal School; married, Union City, Mich., May 24, 1883, Della A. Shumway. Located in Union City and began clerking in general store,1870; traveling hardware salesman, 1873-76; began in grain and seed shipping, 1876; removed to Detroit and became special partner of Gillett & Hall, 1888; has been member of the firm Caughey & Carran, grain commission merchants. Member Detroit Board of Commerce (president Detroit Board of Trade, 1897, 1898 and 1903). Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner. Clubs: Detroit, Country. Recreations: Automobiling, boating and fishing. Office: 620 Chamber of Commerce, Detroit. Residence: Grosse Pointe, Mich.
[Source: "The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis; pub. 1908 - CW - Sub by FoFG]

Azro Eugene Cheney
AZRO EUGENE CHENEY, 1854-1922 Former member of Executive Council of the Nevada Historical Society. Born at Monroe, Ashtabula County, Ohio, April 15, 1854. Educated, Conneant Academy and Jefferson Polytechnic, Ohio. Received Honorary Degree of LL.D. from the University of Nevada, 1 908. Admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Ohio, 1877; by the Supreme Court of Nevada, 1880, and by the Supreme Court of the United States, 1904. Married Jennie Wethered at San Francisco, 1887. District Attorney of Eureka County, Nevada, 1885-1887. Member of Nevada Legislature, 1 889. District Judge of Nevada (assigned to Second Judicial District), 1891-1898. Practiced law at Reno from 1 898 to his death. Nevada delegate to Universal Congress of Lawyers at St. Louis, 1904. Nevada Commissioner in National Conference on Uniform State Legislation, 1912. President of Nevada Bar Association, 1913. Regent University of Nevada, 1919-1920. Charter member of Nevada Historical Society. Member of Executive Council of Nevada Historical Society for three years. Died in Reno, March 13, 1922. For more than twenty years he was the recognized leader For more than twenty years he was the recognized leader of the Nevada Bar. The lofty eminence to which he attained was due solely to the high qualities of his mind and character, which enabled him to overcome obstacles and struggle upward while weaker men remained behind. Because of failing health he came West and engaged in manual labor in order to gain the physical strength for the continuation of his professional work. Intermittently, through all the intervening years, he was threatened with a return of delicate health. But this was thwarted, as were all other obstacles, by his indomitable will and unflinching determination never to retrace a step. Balzac tells us "The qualities of a great man are often federative. If among these colossal spirits one has more talent than wit, his wit is still superior to that of a man of whom it is simply stated that 'he is witty.' Genius always presupposes moral insight. This insight may be applied to a special subject; but he who can see a flower must be able to see the sun." And so Judge Cheney answered the description of genius. His qualities were certainly federative. He probably had more talent than wit; still his wit was keen, quick, forceful, and superior as manifested both in humor and invective. He could apply himself with close and careful scrutiny to the minutest details of a special subject, but never lost sight of the greater surrounding entities of which it was a part. When looking at a flower, he always saw the sun. So manifold were his activities and his virtues that we cannot enumerate them all, but will refer to a few that particularly distinguished him. He was not an orator. His mind was of the philosophical rather than the oratorical turn. The philosopher states a truth and lets it rest. The orator states, illustrates, enforces, and adorns the truth. To illustrate: Lord Bacon, the philosopher, says: "Histories make men wise," and quits. Edmund Burke, the orator, says exactly the same thing, but he says it in this way : " History unfolds a vast volume for our instruction, drawing the materials for future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind." Judge Cheney was a conservator of energy. His mind went directly to the meat in the nut. He was a diligent student of the law and was a thorough master of a vast store of legal learning. He studied keenly into public affairs and economics, dipped into arts and sciences, traveled widely, and learned what he could of all things. He was peculiarly keen and alert, always on his guard. He knew human nature, loved its virtues, admired its strength, forgave its frailties, abhored its meanness. Judge Cheney practiced law to succeed. He tried his cases to win. But he did not espouse a cause which he considered unjust and he was always ethical. He never allowed the commercial side of his practice to crowd out the professional, but ever kept in mind those sacred duties that distinguish a profession from a trade. Above all things he was wise, sagacious, and philosophic. In one trait he was most remarkable. To the very end, he was as interested in and enthusiastic for the future as a boy. Always his eyes were turned from the past. But history meant to him the wisdom of the ages and he hence was deeply interested in the work of the Nevada Historical Society. Until failing health compelled his resignation, Judge Cheney was an active worker in the Council of the Society. His legal advice to the officers on matters pertaining to the Society was always gratuitous and willingly given. With an exhibition of the same courage that had characterized him through life, Judge Cheney met death with the same fearless intrepidity with which he had faced all the exigencies of life, a credit to himself, a joy to his family, a pride to his friends, an honor to the community, and an inspiration to all who desire to live a great and noble life. *''
[*Adapted from Memorial of Nevada Bar Association. [Source: Nevada Historical Society Papers, By Nevada Historical Society; Published by State Printing Office, 1922 - Sub by FoFG]


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