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Charles M. WEBB, 1833 - 1911

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Charles M. WEBB, 1833 - 1911

Posted: 26 Jan 2002 5:06PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 18 Apr 2003 5:58PM GMT
Surnames: FOWLER, HARVIE, La BRECHE, TAYLOR, WEBB
Adams County Press [Friendship, Adams Co. Wisconsin], Saturday August 19, 1911, Page 1 Column 2

Grand Rapids Wis.; Aug. 12--Judge Charles Morton WEBB, aged 78, for twenty-eight years judge of the seventh judicial circuit, died here today after a long illness. He had served longer than any other circuit judge in the state.

His well-known wish to die in the harness as judge of the court he so long presided over, was fulfilled.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. T. H. TAYLOR, Grand Rapids, and Mrs. W. S. HARVIE, Oshkosh.

The judge refused a seat on the supreme court bench offered by Gov. Upham, whom the judge had sought to defeat for the nomination.

In 1904 he was a cnadidate for the United States Senate, but was defeated.

Judge WEBB was of Scotch extraction. He was born in Towanda, Pennsylvania, in 1833. He received a common school education, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He came to Wisconsin in 1857, settled in Waushara county as a young lawyer, but went to Grand Rapids in 1858.

Mr. WEBB successfully held the following offices: District Attorney of Wood County, state senator, city attorney of Grand Rapids, register of the land office at Deadwood, and finally circuit judge.

Mr. WEBB served in the civil war as an officer in the twelfth Wisconsin volunteers.

He lived a simple life, for years doing his own chores and tending the furnace. One of his favorite rules was that all who do mental work should spend part of their time in physical labor. His friends wanted to get his photograph but he refused to have it taken, except in a family group. For years he was the crony of an old French cobbler, J. D. La BRECHE, whose little shop he delighted to visit and discuss old times with Frenchmen. --Milwaukee Journal

Judge WEBB was well known to many Adams county people, our county having been for a number of years in his circuit court before being transferred to Judge FOWLER's circuit. His visits here when holding court gained him a large acquaintance and Adams County will learn with regret the passing of this honorable man.

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