BESOIxUTIONS ADOPTED BY
COUNTY BAH ASSOCIATION
At a recent meeting of the Sandus¬ ky County *Bar association, the fol¬ lowing resolutions were adopted:
John Duff was born May 27, 1863,
at Sheffield. His education, so, far
as schools could contribute to such
education, was had at Port Clinton
and he studied law in the Law School at the University of Michigan and was admitted to the Bar in 1888. His education was never fully completed, because both in law and in all the matters that make for culture and knowledge of every kind he was, un- s p til the day that sickness deprived him of his powers, an industrious and successful seeker after learning. He began the practice of his chosen pro¬ fession at Port Clinton, but in a ■ short time,removed to Oak Harbor, where he continued to have his lav/ office until the sickness that termin¬ ated in his death, except during the me that he was judge of this court, to which position he was appointed by Governor Cox, a Democrat, al¬ though he himself was a Republican.
He married Nannie Motley on the 16th day of October, 1884, and there were born to" them five chlldren,whom be reared with zealous care to fine manhood and womanhood, and al¬ ways his home associations were bounded by kindly happiness.
He was a man of remarkable phys¬ ical strength and it seeme4 the strangeness of fate that he should be suddenly stricken with a painful mal¬ ady that in a year or a little more should take him to, his grave. He died on the 30th day of March, 1928, and his body was laid in its final resting plaice at Avon, Ohio,
John Duff's parents were Scotch and had been all trained to the seas. He had in his blood the spirit of ro¬ mance and love of nature, which might be expected from such an an¬ cestry, and with a persistance that amounted sometimes to eccentricity he sought to keep alive in his own life and character the peculiarities of his hardy forbears. He sailed the lakes and seas with his father in a boat which he himself has helped to * build on the shores of Lake Erie out of timber hewn from the forests that lined its shores. The expanse of na- j tare filled his soul and his* imagina-1 tion people it with his thoughts. I
When he settled down to the prac¬ tice of his chosen profession, he'loved; to keep his mind active and alert in! the study of the history of the law as well as acquiring, knowledge of the immediate conditions surrounding that profession. He came, therefore, to be a learned lawyer. But the study of the law alone was not sufficient for his romantic mind and he delved ' into lite" ature and became acquainted with ih& romantic poets and writers •of great worth, and culture.- He had a mechanical bent of miaa: ai j. with his? , ^ds could build and do many lL. : iiat experts might be proud to He loved to find the cause of
s that are and from them tr
f lat follow. ; v, as mo-a i- '••nested above all in the people with whom he ae and with whom he came in con- He was interested in their a:ad loved to study their char¬ acterises and peculiarities and al¬ ways sought to further, so far as he could, the happiness of those sur-
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