Saturday, January 3, 2015

Memorial for Charles Virgil SEARS (1955)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 103 (September 1954 - October 1955), the death of Charles Virgil Sears on May 29, 1955 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of June 1, 1955:

"He was a native of Hendricks County, having been born near Danville on February 17, 1875. Here Virgil lived during most of his life.

He graduated from Danville High School and Central Normal College, and later continued his education at National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio.

Virgil began the practice of law in Hendricks County in 1903 and practiced in this county actively until his retirement about 1946.

He was active in political affairs and held the office of Prosecuting Attorney for Hendricks County from 1903 to 1907, and again in 1911 and 1912. From 1934 to 1942, he was Hendricks County Republican Chairman.

At the time of his death, he was the second oldest member of the Hendricks County Bar.

He had been a member of the Board of Directors of the Danville State Bank for the past twenty years, and for the last fifteen years, had been President of that Bank. He had served as town attorney for Danville and Clayton, and also as attorney for Hendricks County.

Virgil was a conscientious student of the law and one of the most capable attorneys that Danville has produced. He was quiet and unassuming and to become acquainted with him was to respect and admire him and his knowledge of the law.

He had the confidence of all of those with whom he came in contact; and his entire life can be pointed to as an example of any young lawyer who aspires to be a capable, honest and well-respected attorney.

In his passing, our profession generally, and the Hendricks County Bar in particular, have lost an affable, courteous, quiet, learned and able member.

The members of his family have lost a kind and loving husband and father; and the community has lost an outstanding and valuable citizen."

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