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Judge Howard Gray
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1861
Delaware County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1939
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Howard Gray, 1009 Howard Street in Carthage, MO., was born June 5, 1861 in Delaware County, Iowa to Rev. Ira Gray and Eliza (Howard) Gray (both parents born in New York).

He was a Carthage Attorney and Judge,
First marriage to Jennie, preceded him in death in 1880 and buried in his parents family lot.
*Second marriage to Eugenia 'Gene' Snyder on June 25th, 1890 who also preceded him in death.

Evening of Thursday, June 7 1934 at Carthage, Missouri's Drake hotel,the Judge was the chairman of the fifty-one member reception committee to welcome their friends of over forty years, Colonel Carl Raymond and wife Harriette (Flora) Gray to Carthage Homecoming.

He passed away on Sept. 5, 1939 at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, MO. at the age of 78 years, 3 months.
Burial was at Park Cemetery, Carthage on Sept. 7, 1939 under the direction of Knell Mortuary.

NOTE: The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.

*Click on see more photo at right for details

MAY 1905


Fearless and Just, He Gives Dignity and Honor to the Profession and to the Position

Some of the brightest legal minds which have risen into prominence during the past quarter of a century in this county have found their training and practice in the Missouri courts. No county in this state has better claim to able lawyers than Jasper, and while some of her sons have gone out into the state to make history for themselves elsewhere, there are yet positions at home to test the capabilities of the brightest minds.
Howard Gray, an Iowan by birth, but a Missourian by all that environment and training can give a man, for he came to Jasper county in 1870 with his parents when he was but seven years of age, is that character of lawyer crudely styled self-made. He was raised upon a Jasper county farm and given his primary education in the country schools. His father, Rev. Ira Gray, was a Methodist minister, who tilled the soil during the week and conducted church services each Sabbath. There were 12 children in the family, and in the early 70's in southwest Missouri the best facilities for rearing such a family consisted of plenty of enduring, hard work, short terms of school and an abiding faith in the future. However, the time came fully opportune for Howard Gray to enjoy the privileges of a better schooling, and he attended the business college at Ft. Scott, Kansas, graduating in due time. After this he taught five terms of school here in Jasper county, giving up this line of work for another, which would afford him a better opportunity for reading law. He secured a position as clerk in a store and began studying. As he worked he gave mental digestion to the theories and principles of the common law which he read at spare time nights and mornings. For two years he sold goods on the road, pursuing his legal studies with the same spirit of determination. Eventually he secured a position in a law office, and in 1889 was admitted to the bar in Joplin by examination in circuit court.

As a lawyer and practitioner, Howard Gray made many friends. He soon established himself in the confidence of the people as well as his associates at the bar. It was his policy from the beginning to try every case that came to him, and while this often time entailed much onerous work for which he never received a nickel's remuneration, it made for him scores of friends. It is said that during the years he practiced at the bar in Jasper county, Howard Gray tried more jury cases than any other lawyer or law firm in the county. And, it should be said, he was very successful in the handling of his cases. His work was devoted almost entirely to the civil law, he seldom ever taking a hand in criminal case, unless there came to him a client in whom he had an especial interest. The pleading of his case was usually correct, and his arguments before court or jury were always analytical, forceful and convincing. His practice covered the range of courts, from the lowest to the highest, and he was almost universally upheld.

Politically, Judge Gray has always been a Republican. Since he was a voter he has taken an active interest in the affairs of his party, both locally and nationally. He has stumped the state in several campaigns, and has always been regarded as one of the party's ablest exponents in Missouri. From 1889 to 1894, he served the city of Carthage as city attorney. In 1894 he was elected to the Missouri state senate from the twenty-eighth district, serving until 1998. As state senator he developed an interest for the laboring man, which will always be remembered by those who toll in the workshop, in the mine or in any other field of labor for their subsistence. Judge Gray is the author of that famous bill making "Labor Day," the first Monday in September of each year, a legal holiday. He is also the author of that other bill making "Memorial Day" a legal holiday. But perhaps the most important piece of work accomplished by him in the Missouri senate was making into law of his celebrated street car bill, which requires every street car in the state to be equipped with vestibules for the protection of the employees. This bill was hotly contested. The Traction Company of St. Louis fought the measure before it passed the legislature, and they took it into the courts afterwards. The matter went to the supreme court, and that tribunal declared Senator Gray's measure to be constitutional and quite within the law. Within 18 months after the bill was passed every street car in Missouri was provided with vestibules as contemplated in the bill.

In 1904 the Republicans of Jasper county nominated Mr. Gray for the position of judge of Division No. 1 of the circuit court of Jasper county, which is the 25th judicial district. Judge J. D. Perkins, his opponent on the Democratic ticket, had served on the bench eight years and shown an ability scarcely equaled in the courts of the state. He had given satisfaction to the members of the bar both in Jasper county and in those other counties from which attorneys often came to try their cases. The canvass was quiet and uneventful, but Judge Gray was elected by the handsome plurality of 1, 492 votes. The following January 1 he went on the bench, since which time he has been devoting himself to the duties which his former years of active practice at the bar had so well equipped him. Judge Gray has already proven to his friends his splendid judicial qualities. His fearlessness in the right, which was recently shown in his denunciation of the course pursued by a jury in a murder case, wherein a murderess was given her liberty through sentimental sympathy for her sex, has quickened the admiration of his friends throughout the county.
That Judge Gray will continue to prove himself the very worthy to that other able jurist, Judge Perkins, his friends believe. On 42 years of age, he has a future of very bright promise. When he has served out his term on the bench he will yet have two years before he is 50. Married, Judge Gray has one of the most delightful homes in this city of beautiful homes, Carthage.
Family links: 
  Ira Gray (1821 - 1902)
  Eliza Howard Gray (1823 - 1910)
  Jennie Gray (1856 - 1880)
  Eugenia Snyder Gray (1868 - 1937)*
  Laurence H. Gray (1891 - 1920)*
  Nellie Gray Casner (1848 - 1936)*
  Alice Gray Kost (1852 - 1937)**
  Henry M. Gray (1854 - 1890)*
  Susan M. Gray Rose (1857 - 1916)*
  Howard Gray (1861 - 1939)
  Carrie Gray Young (1862 - 1934)*
  John Wesley Gray (1866 - 1953)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 7 Lot 3 Sp 2
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Record added: May 26, 2008
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Judge Howard Gray
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Judge Howard Gray
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Judge Howard Gray
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