17 March 2011

Obituary--Orlando McNabb

I've mentioned how sometimes when I read an obituary as I am updating our database one just screams to be posted.  This is one of those.  He sounds like quite a character: soldier, turned doctor, turned lawyer, turned lumberman, turned gold miner in one lifetime.  
From the 24 January 1918 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Former Local Attorney and Brother of Dr. J. W. McNabb Passed Away January 11
Milo A. white received word Friday from Dr. J. W. McNabb, who is spending the winter in Darling, Miss., that Orlando McNabb, twin brother of Dr. McNabb, died at the Soldiers Home near Los Angeles, California, on January 11, 1918.  Orlando McNabb was well know in this community about 30 years ago and was one of the leading members of the local bar.  He at one time served as village attorney and was celebrated for his efficient and direct methods of securing practical justice in some instances without resorting to the tedious delays of the courts. 
Mr. McNabb was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1846.  His parents were natives of Ohio and were of Scotch Irish descent.  He attended school until 28 years of age, and February 7, 1864 enlisted in CO. A, 155 Ind Reg.  serving one year and was honorably discharged at Dover, Deleware, in September, 1865.  After his return from the army he commenced the study of medicine with Hector & Hill in Rochester, Ind.  He continued his studies four years, attending one course of lectures at the University of Michigan.
In May, 1869 he went to Hesperia Mich., and commenced the practice of his profession.  In 1873 he abandoned his profession and went to Chicago, where he gave his attention to the study of law until 1876, then went to Peru, Ind., and practiced his profession three years.  January 6, 1881 he settled in Fremont and practiced law here several years.
In the latter years and after leaving Fremont he first engaged in timber cruising work in Wisconsin and Northing Michigan, later going to California and Nevada where he prospected for mines andworked at gold mining when his health would permit.  He was possessed of a very brilliant mind and had he continued in the legal profession would undoubtedly have reach a high position on the bench.  His dislike of confinement and love for the out-of-doors caused him to follow his inclinations and abandon law.  His end came as a result of physical and mental breakdown following a sever accident nearly a year ago.

What a refreshing character he must have been!  And don't you want to know just what he did to be "celebrated for his efficient and direct methods of securing practical justice in some instances without resorting to the tedious delays of the courts."?  He is the type of person who is so delightful to find in your family tree, a bit of a rascal perhaps, who left a trail of information behind to follow.

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