Lawyer. Married Belle Davis in 1879. Father of John, Allen, Jr., Stanley, Ruth and Elizabeth.
Thirty-seventh Grand Master of Masons in Ohio - 1892-1894.
ALLEN ANDREWS, DEAN OF THE BUTLER COUNTY BAR, IS DEAD
Life's End Came to Him Early Today
Stricken Following Argument Before Ohio Supreme Court
Illness That Developed
Pneumonia Ends Fatally
His Life and Its Triumphs
Allen Andrews is dead.
Such was the news that caused expressions of universal regret as it became known throughout Hamilton and Butler County today.
Life's end came to Mr. Andrews at 2 o'clock, Wednesday morning, at the family home, North Seventh and Dayton Streets.
To those who had watched at the bedside of the stricken man, the shock of his death had been somewhat softened by expectancy, because, for several days, it seemed that life's end was near for him.
Mr. Andrews, dean of the Butler County Bar, past grand master of the Masons of Ohio, citizen of influence and held in high respect by all who knew him, was stricken on Friday evening, March 13, following his return from Columbus, where he had argued a case before the Supreme Court of Ohio. The first stages of his illness were not alarming, and from all indications he was merely suffering from a cold.
However, on Monday, March 16, for the first time in eighteen years, Mr. Andrews found himself unable to appear in court for the usual motion and decision day. Inquiry developed the fact that he was ill, but even then his condition was not considered serious and the indications were that a few days at home would return him to his usual health.
But a Divine Providence had decreed otherwise. Instead of improvement, more serious conditions gradually developed until there was evidence of pneumonia in one of his lungs. At his age this was considered an alarming condition and members of the family were informed of the possibilities of his illness.
From day to day there was a variation in his condition. At times it seemed hopeful, then again it seemed that life's end must be near.
Everything that medical science and tender, efficient nursing care could do was done. Drs. Frank M. Barden and Corliss Kellar were the attending physicians, but eventually Dr. Albert Friedlander of Cincinnati, Dr. Stanley B. Andrews, of Toledo, a son, and Dr. Wagner, a Toledo specialist, were called into consultation. Nothing that medical science had ever devised was left undone, but gradually the condition of Mr. Andrews became more critical until, last Friday, it became apparent that there was little hope for his recovery. However again he rallied, but again he sank deeper into unconsciousness.
When End Came
With the approach of midnight Tuesday, it seemed that the last hope had fled. The pulse became weaker, the spark of life seemed to flicker more faintly and there came the realization that life's end was very near. It came at 2 o'clock. At that time there were at the bedside all members of the family---the wife, Mrs. Belle Davis Andrews, Mrs. John F. Rogers, a daughter; Mrs. H. Ellis Reed, of Los Angeles, Cal., a daughter; Dr. Stanley Andrews, of Toledo, a son; John D. Andrews, a son and an associate of his father in the practice of law; Allen Andrews, Jr.; and a son-in-law, J.P. Rogers, also associated with Mr. Andrews in the practice of law.
Peacefully, quietly, Mr. Andrews fell asleep and to him life's end had come.
The Interesting Life History of Allen Andrews
Allen Andrews was born August 11, 1849, in Delaware County, Indiana. His education began in the common schools of Indiana. Later he attended the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, and Liber College, Liber, Indiana.
When he was eighteen years of age, Mr. Andrews became a teacher in the common schools, later serving as superintendent of the schools at New Madison and a teacher at the high school at Greenville.
It was at this period that Mr. Andrews took up the study of law, the profession in which, at the time of his death, he had become a leader, recognized throughout the state of Ohio and the Nation. He was admitted to the bar in 1874 and began his practice in Greenville, Ohio, the junior member of the firm of Riffel and Andrews.
Came to Hamilton
In March, 1876, Mr. Andrews disposed of his interest in the law firm at Greenville and came to Hamilton, here to make his home.
For a number of years he was a member of the firm of McKemy and Andrews, and later of the firm of Morey, Andrews and Morey, in which firm he practices for 22 years, until the death of the Hon. H.I. Morey dissolved the partnership.
Shortly after the dissolution of this partnership, the law firm of Andrews, Harlan and Andrews was formed and remained in existence until Judge Walter S. Harlan was elected to the common pleas bench in this county in 1912.
From that date the firm continued until 1922 under the name of Andrews and Andrews, and from 1922 until the present time, under the name of Andrews, Andrews and Rogers.
For fifty years Mr. Andrews had devoted his time and his great ability to the practice of law and he has been connected with many of the important litigations in Butler and adjoining counties, as well as in Federal court in the southern Ohio district.
One of Five Sons
Mr. Andrews' father came from Scotland and his mother from Germany. Of this union there were five sons, three of whom served in the Federal Army during the Civil War. The other two were under age in the World War. Mr. Andrews had two sons and one son-in-law in the service of their country.
Mr. Andrews was married in 1879 to Miss Belle Davis, the daughter of J.P. Davis, a prominent Hamilton man who died in his ninety-first year in 1917. Mrs. Andrews is the descendent from old Revolutionary stock and Thomas Blair, one of the early settlers of Hamilton, was her great-great-grandfather.
Mr. Andrews is survived by the widow and five children, all of whom have reached maturity and are now married. Besides the son, John Andrews, who is associated with him in business, one son, Allen Andrews, Jr., is in the insurance business in Hamilton; Stanley Andrews is in the medical profession in Toledo; his daughter, Ruth, the wife of H. Ellis Reed, is residing in Los Angeles, California, and his other daughter, Elizabeth, is the wife of J.P. Rogers, who is now a member of the law firm of Andrews, Andrews and Rogers, in Hamilton.
Mr. Andrews was a member of the Ohio and American Bar Associations as was president of the Ohio organization in 1911 and 1912.
He has always been interested in the fraternal organizations of which he was a member. In the Masonic Lodge he was intensely active and in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, he gave a great part of his time. He was an active member of the First M.E. Church.
As a member of the Masonic Order, Mr. Andrews has had a long and honorable career. He first entered the fraternity as a member of Ft. Black Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in Darke County, Ohio, in about the year of 1873. When he came to Hamilton in 1876, he affiliated himself with Washington Lodge No. 17, Free and Accepted Masons, and later, with Hamilton Chapter No. 21, Royal Arch Masons.
He also became a member of Hamilton Council No. 19, Royal and Select Masters and Hamilton Commandery No. 41, Knights Templars. He served in minor official positions in each of the four organizations and was, in due time, elected to preside over the lodge, chapter, council and commandery.
Grand Master of Ohio
Early in his Masonic career he became identified with the Grand Lodge of Masons of Ohio, as a delegate from the local bodies, where his ability was recognized, and where he was immediately assigned to membership on important committees. He was given further recognition by his election to positions in the official line. Passing through the chairs by biennial promotion, he was elected Grand Master of Ohio in 1892, in which office he served for two years with great honor to himself and credit to the fraternity.
In what is known as the "Cerneau Fight" in the Grand Lodge of Ohio (1885-1890), he further distinguished himself as a leader for the cause of legitimate Free Masonry and to him, perhaps as much, if not more than any other member of the Grand Lodge, is due the credit for the victory which was eventually won.
Served on Committees
Since his retirement as Grand Master, he has served continually on the very important committee of jurisprudence, and for many years, has been chairman of that body.
Because of his activity in his chosen profession, Mr. Andrews was unable to identify himself with much of the labors of the other Masonic Grand Bodies of Ohio. He early united himself, however, with the Scottish Rite bodies at Dayton, up to the eighteenth degree, and became a member of the Ohio Consistory of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite bodies at Cincinnati.
He was later crowned a 33rd degree honorary member of the Supreme Council of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
In addition, he also held membership in Syrian Temple of the Mystic Shrine, Cincinnati.
Funeral services for Allen Andrews will be conducted Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the residence at North Seventh and Dayton Streets. Dr. Arba Martin, superintendent of the Methodist Church in the Cincinnati District and former pastor of the First M. E. Church, will officiate at the services, assisted by Rev. James H. Denney, present pastor of the First M.E. Church of Hamilton. Masonic services will be conducted at the grave in Greenwood Cemetery where interment will be made.
(Copied from the Hamilton Evening Journal, Wednesday, March 25, 1925)
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