|Birth: ||Jan. 20, 1862|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1934|
IRA C. BATMAN
The life of a professional man seldom exhibits any of those striking incidents that seize upon public feeling and attract attention to himself. His character is generally made up of the aggregate qualities and qualifications he may possess, as these may be elicited by the exercise of the duties of his vocation or the particular profession to which he belongs. But when such a man has so impressed his individuality upon his fellow men as to gain their confidence and through that confidence be enabled to advance to the front rank in his profession, he at once becomes a conspicuous figure in the body politic of the community and the state. The subject of this review is one of the scholarly men of his county, who, not content to hide his talents amid life's sequestered ways, had, by the force of will and a laudable ambition, forged to the front in a responsible and exacting calling and earned an honorable reputation as a leader of the legal fraternity in Monroe county. His life had been one of hard study and research from his youth and, since maturity, of laborious professional duty, and the high position to which he has attained is evidence that the qualities which he possesses afford the means of distinction under a system of government in which places of usefulness are open to all who be worthy of them.
Ira C. Batman, who for a number of years had been numbered among the leading attorneys and progressive citizens of Monroe county, Indiana, was born in Lawrence county, this state, on January 20, 1862, and is the son of Henry H. and Catherine (Bailey) Batman, both of whom were natives of Lawrence county. The subject's paternal grandfather, James Batman, was a tanner by trade, being located at Bono, Lawrence county. His son, the subject's father, was a farmer and stock dealer, and did an extensive and success business, buying and shipping large numbers of cattle and hogs. To him and his wife were born five children, briefly mentioned as follows: Ira C., the immediate subject of this sketch; Olive, who became the wife of Dr. James B. Duncan, of Bedford; Levi G., a successful preacher at Youngstown, Ohio; James W., of Mitchell, Indiana; Dr. F. H., of Bloomington. Henry H. Batman was a Republican in his political belief and took an active and influential part in local political campaigns. Fraternally, he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his religious membership was with the Christian church.
Ira C. Batman received his preliminary education in the common schools of his home county, and then took the preparatory course in the State University, where he was graduated in 1885. He then engaged in teaching school at Columbia City, for one year, at the end of which time he entered upon the study of law i the office of Buskirk & Duncan, at Bloomington. A year later he went to Grant, Nebraska, but in 1888 he returned to Bloomington and formed a law partnership with Henry C. Duncan, under the firm mane of Duncan & Batman. This firm was very successful and was continued until the death of Mr. Duncan, which occurred in 1911. Subsequently Mr. Batman entered into a partnership with Robert G. Miller and James W. Blair, under the name of Batman, Miller & Blair, which is now numbered among the leading law firms of this section of the state, commanding a large and representative clientage. Mr. Batman has been connected with most of the important litigation which has been tried in the local court for a number of years and is considered a sound and sage practitioner, being well versed in the law and a very successful pleader. For thirteen years Mr. Batman served as attorney for the city of Bloomington and was county attorney for two years. In 1905 he was elected a member of the board of trustees of Indiana University, in which he is still serving. As a public speaker Mr. Batman is widely and favorably known, having done much effective campaign work and has also delivered many addresses here and elsewhere through the state on various secular topics.
Aside from his professional connections, Mr. Batman is also interested in commercial and financial enterprises of local importance, being the vice-president and director of the First National Bank of Bloomington and a director of the Citizens Loan and Trust Company, of this city, of which he was one of the organizers. In the civic affairs of the community he is deeply interested and every movement tending to the advancement of the city's interests receives his hearty endorsement and support. Fraternally, he is a member of the Order of Elks.
In 1888 Ira C. Batman was united in marriage with Mary T. Waldron, the daughter of John and Anna (Bonacum) Waldron, and to this union has been born one child, Emma L. Personally, Mr. Batman is genial and companionable, enjoys a wide acquaintance throughout this section of the state, and is a popular member of the circles in which he moves.
(Source: History of Lawrence and Monroe county, Indiana: Their People, Industries and Institutions; B.F. Bowen & Co., inc; Indianapolis, Indiana; 1914)
Ira C. Batman
Ira C. Batman was born in Lawrence County, Indiana, January 20, 1862, and died at his home in Bloomington, Indiana, April 10, 1934. His preliminary education was obtained in the county schools. He taught school and attended Indiana University, receiving his degree from that institution in 1885. After graduation, he went to Nebraska, but after a short residence in that state he returned to Indiana, locating at Bloomington, where he entered the practice of law with Judge H.C. Duncan. This partnership continued until the death of Judge Duncan in 1911, when Judge Batman became associated with Robert G. Miller and James W. Blair. The firm of Batman, Miller & Blair continued until Mr. Batman became judge of the Appellate Court.
Judge Batman was city attorney of Bloomington for some ten years and county attorney for two years. In 1904 he was elected to the lower house of the General Assembly of Indiana. and in 1916 was elected judge of the Appellate Court and served eight years, being re-elected in 1920. On account of his health he did not actively engage in the general practice after his retirement from the bench.
In 1886 Judge Batman married Mary T. Waldron, of Bloomington, Indiana. who, together with their daughter, Mrs. M.C. Riley, of Bloomington, Indiana, survives him.
For twenty-five years prior to his death, Judge Batman was a member of the Board of Trustees of Indiana University.
Judge Batman was an indefatigable student and a tireless worker in any matter which commanded his attention, a most vigorous advocate in the presentation of his cause, but withal his courtesy and deference to an opponent was unusual. His record on the bench of the Appellate Court is outstanding, his opinions logical, well written, and prepared with utmost pains, and showing a judicial poise which ranks him as eminent as a judge as he was a lawyer.
Politically his was an ardent Republican and ever ready to defend the principles he espoused and much in demand as a campaign speaker.
His good humor was proverbial and made him a most agreeable companion, yet he was ever a Christian gentleman in the fullest sense of that term. He was a lifelong member of the Christian Church and most active in its behalf.
Fraternally he was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and he belonged to the Columbia Club.
He possessed an unblemished character and was an excellent, well-balanced, and impartial judge, and very able lawyer, had a high sense of civic duty. His passing is a great loss to his community.
Burial Records state: BATMAN, IRA C / Date of Death - 4/10/1934 / Last Residence - Bloomington / Place of Birth - (Blank) / Age - 72 / Gender - M / Cemetery - Rose Hill / Section and Lot - N, 11
Henry H. Batman (1837 - 1882)
Catharine J. Bailey Batman (1843 - 1894)
Mary T. Waldon Batman (1864 - 1936)*
Ira Coleman Batman (1862 - 1934)
Levi Gordon Batman (1870 - 1939)*
Fredrick H. Batman (1878 - 1946)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
Plot: Sec N, Lot 11
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Record added: Aug 28, 2010
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