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He was for a great many years very prominent in the Order of Elks, having served as Exalted Ruler and a member of the Grand Lodge, and was also a member of the Shrine.

Few men have won for themselves a warmer place in the hearts of a larger number of friends than did Mr. Munro, and by his death the Bar lost an able advocate and a true friend.



Edward H. Moore was born in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, November 8, 1852, being a son of William Henry Moore and Margaret (Harris) Moore. He attended the Green Academy, Huntsville, Alabama, Wilson's School in Alamance County, North Carolina, and the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, Virginia. He moved to Bolivar County, Mississippi, where he was admitted to the Bar in 1873. In 1891-1892, he was president of the Board of Supervisors of Bolivar County, and was elected to the state Senate in 1893, serving continuously in that capacity until 1897. For eight years, beginning in 1896, he was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. In January, 1904, he was elected by acclamation as president pro tempore of the state Senate. He was a consistent, conscientious Christian, taking an active interest in all church work, and was superintendent of the Sunday-school of the M. E. Church, South, at Rosedale, from 1882 to 1906. On December 4, 1873, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Montgomery, daughter of Colonel Frank A. Montgomery. He died at Cleveland, Mississippi, on April 12. 1908.

Mr. Moore had a wide and lucrative practice, was a man of liberal education, of genial disposition and industrious habits. He was a genial, lovable companion, even-tempered and kindhearted, and possessing an engaging and attractive personality. The people of his section deeply deplore his death, and the state has lost one who was an active factor in its upbuilding and its public affairs.



(Abridged from Memorial of the Missouri Bar Association.)

Judge Jefferson Brumback was of German extraction, the family having migrated into Virginia before the Revolutionary War. He was one of a family of thirteen children, and was born on a farm in Licking County, Ohio, on February 7, 1829. He was educated at Granville College, now known as Dennison University, a Baptist institution in that state. In Newark he was admitted to the Bar on September 2, 1852, and continued the general practice of the law in that town until he entered the military service of his country on August 28, 1862.

He served with distinction in the Civil War in the 95th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, of which he was lieutenant-colonel commanding.

On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted colonel and brigadiergeneral" for gallant and meritorious services during the war." In the battle of Richmond, Kentucky, on August 29 and 30, 1862, he received a dangerous wound, the effect of which followed him, often with great inconvenience and pain, to his death.

When the war was over, Judge Brumback returned at once to his native town of Newark and resumed the practice of the law, and very soon thereafter, in December, 1866, he was elected judge of the Common Pleas Court of that circuit. This position was most congenial to him, and he discharged the duties of the office with great satisfaction to the Bar and to the people. But on account of the health of his wife he resigned, and in October, 1869, came to Kansas City and was there admitted to the Bar on November 6, 1869, and thenceforward was continuously in the practice of the law until January 1, 1900, when he fully retired and devoted himself exclusively to the management and care of his own affairs.

In September, 1871, he was made city counsellor and at once opened the fight for good government. He held the office, save one year, for the next six years, and under administration both

Republican and Democratic. During that time a thorough revision of the charter was agreed upon and forced through the legislature. In 1888 he was chosen one of the board of thirteen freeholders to frame a new charter under the provisions of the constitution of the state. The work of that board was not approved by the people, but the next year, with a few immaterial changes by a new board, it was again submitted and adopted, and this, with such amendments as from time to time became necessary to meet the city's growth, is the charter of that city today. From 1872-1877 Judge Brumback was in partnership with Lafayette Traber, and the firm was Brumback & Traber. In 1878 he became a member of the law firm of Pratt, Brumback & Perry, handling much important business, and so continued until 1885, when he withdrew and then associated himself with his sons until his retirement in 1900.

In politics he was a pronounced Republican, but often was found in the ranks of the independent voter, whenever, in his opinion, the public interest so demanded. The title of judge, given by reason of his actual judicial service in Ohio, always and fittingly attached to him. In his bearing there was a quiet and elegant dignity characteristic of the ermine and the court-room.

He was an ideal character, whether considered as a lawyer or as a citizen. In his professional work he was accurate and painstaking. He believed that there was a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and he always sought the right way. He was a close student and deeply learned in the law. His strength lay in the office or before the court, rather than as an advocate. The records of the courts of Jackson County, Missouri, for thirty years bear witness to the intelligence of his work. He had no criminal practice, but with that exception his professional labors covered the whole range of law business in both state and federal courts. If any department was especially inviting to him it was that of real estate law. He was always a gentleman. No profane or coarse language ever escaped his lips. He treated all with whom he came in contact, whether in the court-room or in any business, whether professionally or socially, with uniform courtesy, and he expected, and in fact demanded, the same treatment

towards himself. He was a man of splendid courage, both physical and moral, and nothing could swerve him from the right as he saw it. He was most considerate of the feelings and opinions of others, but firm in his own convictions. He could well be chosen as a model to the younger men of the state. His honor was always dearer to him than his life. He loved his country, and, while he suffered and shed his blood in its defence, no rancor was left, and no other man was more ready to extend the hand of friendship and fraternal greeting to those with whom he so earnestly contended in the great conflict. With him the war had ended in 1865 and thereafter he recognized all as citizens of a great and united country. His ability, industry and integrity brought to him their legitimate reward. Horace Greely once said that it was an unfortunate day for any man when he conceived the idea of having a dollar which he had not earned. Judge Brumback was largely dominated by this idea. He was not a rich man in the modern sense of the term, but was well provided with this world's goods, all of which were the product of his labor. He was frugal, but never parsimonious. When liberality was called for, he cheerfully and readily met any demand that was made upon him.

He was married to Catherine Fullerton, of Ohio, in October, 1859, and she died in 1880. He never remarried, and leaves two sons, Frank F. and Hermann.

Nearly fourscore years had been spent in the world's betterment. Exhausted and tired by his long activities, he lay himself down, and in quiet sleep closed his mortal career. Patriot, citizen, soldier, lawyer-two states will claim the heritage of his honor and usefulness.


The life and public services of the late Gustavus A. Finkelnburg demonstrate how one, always of a rather frail body and hampered in his early youth by an absolute want of means, can, by untiring energy and a strict devotion to public and private duty, acquire a position enabling him to be of great benefit to his fellow

men and acquire an eminence in his profession of which anyone may justly feel proud.

He was born April 6, 1837, in a small town in the neighborhood of Cologne, Germany, and came to this republic with his parents when a boy of tender years. His father, though a man of culture, was of very limited means, and, after a sojourn of a few years in the neighborhood of St. Charles, Missouri, not finding his expectations realized, returned to Germany, where he died.

He took one of his sons, who afterwards became a physician of national reputation in Germany, with him, but left his three other sons in America to shift for themselves as best they could. Gustavus, the youngest of these, obtained a subordinate clerical position in St. Charles, where he picked up such fragmentary education as the schools of that locality afforded. From there he went to Kimmswick, a little town in Jefferson County, where he remained in the employ of Mr. Kimm, the founder of that place, for some time. In 1856 he came to St. Louis and entered the office of Britton A. Hill, with a view of fitting himself for the legal profession. He never received any classical education, but supplied that defect, if any, by careful and extensive reading. In 1858 he went to the Cincinnati Law School, then conducted by Bellamy Storer, from which he was graduated with high honors, and in 1860 he returned to St. Louis and was at once admitted to the Bar. He started in the practice as a member of the firm of Decker & Finkelnburg, and was successively a member of the law firms of Rombauer & Finkelnburg, Finkelnburg & Rassieur, Hitchcock, Madill & Finkelnburg, Hitchcock & Finkelnburg and Finkelnburg, Nagel & Kirby.

In 1861 he enlisted with the First Regiment of Missouri Volunteers as a private and became a prisoner of war at the battle of Wilson's Creek. Being exchanged shortly thereafter, he became adjutant of the Gasconade County battalion, commanded by Colonel Hundhausen, and remained with the regiment until it was mustered out of service.

In 1864 he was elected to the legislature of the State of Missouri, and was re-elected in 1866, and became speaker pro tempore

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