Thursday, January 1, 2015

Memorial for Carey W. GASTON (1951)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 100 (April 1951 - June 1952), the death of Carey W. Gaston in December 1951 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of December 20, 1951:

"Carey W. Gaston first saw the light of day in Seaman, Ohio, on the 17th day of December, 1875. In his early youth, he adopted Indiana as his home and in Danville the greater portion of his life was spent. He came to Central Normal College in 1897 where he taught Mathematics, Penmanship and Commercial Law for many years. During those early years he studied law in the Indiana Law School at Indianapolis, which is now a branch of the Indiana University School of Law; while there met Iris T. Bell who became his wife November 25, 1903. On June 12, 1901, Mr. Gaston was admitted to the practice of law in the Hendricks County Bar and on the same date, John T. Hume, of Stilesville, Indiana, was admitted to the Hendricks County Bar. On that date, he formed a partnership of the practice of law with John T. Hume and this association continued for more than forty years. A most profitable partnership experience was ended when John T. Hume died on the 21st of October, 1944. Mr. Gaston continued in the practice of the law from that time until his death.

For many years Mr. Gaston was associated with all civic and local government agencies. He was, for many years, County Attorney for the County Commissioners of Hendricks County. He was for many years a valuable member of the Board of Children's Guardians and rendered much service in helping with the problems of the widows and orphan children back in the days before 1935 and before a Welfare Department came into existence. Mr. Gaston was a believer in public education. He was proud of his heritage as a son of a Civil War veteran; he loved his Masonic Fraternity; he loved his Church, and above all, he loved his home and his family. His only daughter, Marjorie, will probably miss him most of all.

Mr. Gaston held the court and the profession of the law in high esteem. He was conscientious and thorough. Most inexperienced members of the Bar could always obtain his valuable counsel. Today the Court, the Bar and the public pay tribute marking the close of a valuable and interesting career.

Claude D. Raber
A.J. Stevenson

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