Clipped From Mt. Vernon Register-News
JUDGE ANDREW DUFF WEBB DIED EARLY LAST EVENING WELL KNOWNCITIZEN HAD BEEN IN FAILING HEALTH FOR MONTHS HAD PLAVKD PROMINENT PAItT IX AlWAIHSOP MT. VKKXOX KOH TlllltTY.FlVK V v.\ its. of Vor- Served Twelve Years As County Judge Anil Had .lust templet, oil Term in High Masonic Olllee. Judge Andrew Duff Webb for thirty-five years a leading citizen if .Mt. Vernon died at about S:30 last night at his homo at the corner of Main and Sixth streets. Judge Webb's career was a re- narkable one in many ways and few men stood higher in the regard of he people of Mt. Vernon. His health had been falling rapidly .or the last few months but few outsido or the immediate family were aware that his condition was so critical. Win tl«ath Is said lo have been due to heart trouble believed to have been brought on by cancer of the stomach. Judge Webb had only been confined confined to his home for about two weeks. Died In His ( Imir. i Last evening a number of friends ?alled and Judge. Webb sitting 'in a chair conversed with his guests. The last of the visitors had Just departed when he suffered a sudden heart attack while sitting in a chair and pussed <|Uietly away. Judge Webb during his long ca- -eer in Mt. Vernon had been active in business, politics, legal work, hurch and fraternal afrairs. He would have been 5S years of a?c mi January I. In recent years much of his time had been devoted to the Masonic fraternity to which he was deeplyj .ittached and h" had just completed term as grand high priest of thr Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois, one of the highest ollices in the Masonic fraternity. Held High Masonic Oftice. Judge Webb was tireless in the •.jerformance of the duties of this- >fhee whith are arduous ones as the Grand Chapter ot Illinois is the largest largest chapter of Royal .Arch Masons in the world. Judge Webb's health began to fail during the la:d months of his erm as grand high priest but In •o'ltinued active and faithful to his Lilies as he was to all duties tha ame his wr.y during lib life. lie was a very sick man when he ••et'urned from the meeting of the Grand Chapter K. A. M. held at Ashville, Ashville, Noroth Carolina, on September _'S, where he went as the representative representative of Illinois but. went immediately immediately to Chicago where he presided a' 'he sessions of the Grand Chapter of Illinois end gave an a> counting of his year's work :.s head of the organization. organization. Judge Webb was the third member member of the II. W. Hubbard Chapter R. A. M. to hold this high Masonic olllee, the others being the late C W. i'atton and Secretary of State L. L. Knimerson and members of the local chapter tire Justly proud of the high honor that came to three of their members. Ctuinty Judge ia Years. For 12 years A. D. Webb served as county judge, of Jefferson county, and prior to that he held the olllee of master in chancery and city attorney. attorney. A democrat in politics he for yearn took a leading part in the affairs of his party and was recognized recognized as a man of great influence in political affairs. Judge Webb came of a pioneer Illinois family his forefathers Inning settled in Franklin county in 1700. In ti section now known as Webb's Prairie because of the part the ear- lie." settlers of that name pla,yed in the upbuilding of that community. Member of Pioneer Family. He was the son of Rev. Elijah T. ANDREW DUFF WEBB. HIGH SPOTS IX MIT, OF .MIKJIO A. I>. WKIIII. Porn January Franklin county. 1884. 4, ISfit. in Married to Miss Clara Green. March 14. 1888. Admitted to the bur, 1880. n. • • • • • • • • • • • • + + + • • • * , • Elected grand high priest of * Grand Chapter R. A. M. of Illi• Illi• nois, 1020. < + + + Graduated 8hurl.luff College, + + • 4 * 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 * 4 4 4 4 • Instrumental In organization of the Royal Loan and Building Building Association, 1802. Formed partnership with C. W. Harrlss In Abstract and Loun business, 1805, Elected City attorney or Mt. Vernon. 1807. Elected County Judge of Jefferson Jefferson county, 1000, 1010 and mil. of in Webb, a Baptist clergyman and was next to the youngest or a family of fourteen ehildicu. R. L. Webb, who was the youngesi member of the family and who was for years a prominent Ml. Vernon business man died only a few months ago. But two of the large family now] •.urvlve namely John C. Webb ol West Frankfort and Mrs. Eniallne I'ierce of Ewing. Judge Webb spent his boyhood on the old homestead at Webb's Prairie Upon his fifteenth year he entered Kwtng college whore he purused liif studies for five years later becoming l student nt Shurtleff college, Upper Alton from which he graduated ir 1.SS4. with the degree A. B. In hit later years the deiree A. M. was conferred conferred upon him by this college. He became a resident of Mt. Vernon Vernon in 1SS5. For a few years be taught school, teaching one year in Aspen. Colorado. Colorado. He was a most successful school teacher and it was predicted bv those familiar with his educational work that he would have gone far in thle line bad be continued his work In this profession. Married In IKXH. On March Ti, 18S8 Judge Webl was married to Miss Clara B. Green, laughter of S. U. Green of Cohden. Illinois and his home life was ideal. Seven children survive him, one having died in infancy, and four grand chlldern. The surviving chlldern are Roger G.. Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Clarence Stelle of Freeport. 111.; George of Mt. Ver- 1011; Mrs. Roy Tranimull of Mt. Ver non anil Clarelhi. Andrew D. and Betty, all living at home. Judge Webb studied IBW at home ind in the olllee of his brother thr late A. C Webb and was admitted to the bar In 1SS0. having practiced 'n his profession for more than thirty years. <)igiinl/.e«l Loan Association. In 1SD2 Judge Webb was instrumental instrumental in the organization of the Royal loan and Building Association one of the city's strong financial Institutions. Institutions. He was served continuously continuously as secretary of this company »i»d'us a director since its organiza lion. The Royal has been a most sue- essfiu organization being Instrumental Instrumental in the building of many homes In ML Vernon and much of the sticciws was due to Judge Webb's services as secretary. In lSO 'i Judge Webb formed a partnership with Clarence \V. Hur -Ni in the Mtstrart and Loan bus! liess and this partnership has con tinned throughout the years, the firm enjoying a large business In this line of work. It was something more than tin ordinary partnership the two inep being very close in their relations and having an attachment for each other which they manifested on numerous numerous occasions and which was more like that of brothers than of partners in a business enterprise. Judge Webb was very active in thej bitter local campaigns waged in ML] Vernon over the temperance Issue, and was considered a,leader of the pr-.!.IUtlon Torres in ML Vernon. Held Public Olllee. .i' i'"x> Webb held his first public j., - g95 when he was annotated in:" t. hancory and In 1897 ho WB "ed cltv attorney, in which I capacity ho served two terms mak- increasing cloudiness and warmer .ing an excellent record. Later he tonight. Unsettled and somewhat ! served two years as corporation colder tomorrow by afternoon or counsel for tho city, night. In 100G Judge Webb was elected ABE MARTIN ctnitUv Judge of Jefferson county, md continued In this position for three terms retiring In 1018. Judge Webb displayed groat ability ability on the bench and his services were much In demand In adjoining .'omities during his long term for county court work. He also did much work In Cook county during his bi'd term as county Judge being oj>e of the outside Judges culled In •o help relievo the crowded dockets in the Cook county courts. Judge Webb was a fearless and lust judge and attracted much atlen- 'Ion during the early part of his term by the severity of the sentences he Imposed for violation of the liquor laws. Active In Church Affairs, Judge Webb was en elmost life long member of the Baptist church 'ilid was very «ctlve In the affairs of the First church of this city with which he was for years affiliated. Of him it could truthfully be said that he was n true Christian and n man who tried at all times to live up to the teachings of his faith. He was for many years a deacon of the church and taught one of the largest Sunday school classes. Judge Webb was a man who was very dear to the members of the Masonic fraternity In Mt. Vernon and n view of the high olllee which h<» held in this order a brief review of his Masonic career Is In order. A Mason Since IHS7. He was made a Mason at Ewing Lodge on November 5. 1887. and transferred his affiliation in the following following year to Mt. Vernon Lodge No. :tl. whore It has remained over since. lie was exulted bv the 11. W. Hubhard Hubhard Chapter. R. A. M. In April 18H2 ind It is In Ibis brunch of Masonry that most of his work was done. He was also a member of the Pat- 'oii Comniandery, the Shrine, the Council and was a thirty-second degree degree Mason. Judge Webb was tireless In his efforts to further the Interests of the chaoter. Even after his retirement as grand high priest he continued hla work «ind recently took a leading part le the institution of a new chatper at McLeansboro. Judge Webb, although at the tleie a very sick man appeared in the II. W. Hubbard Chanter less than thirtv Tho 7 after the oil cold. was and still 24 ed in., kept the record In lien fighting During 100 record the in 12 days ago and took pnrt In the work | there on nn occasion when both b° and L. L. Emmerson. past grand ! Th' congressman with a pet measure measure is huvln' tough sleddin'—unless it's a quart. Stew Nugent is out an' around as he wutcn* th' man. Weather Forecast "Uncle" Has 94th Tuesday. December 27. was thoi 94th birthday of Calvin W. Brown,' or inu. his It is thought Mr. Brown is the'spent oldest man in Jefferson county, and ho is also the last survivor of the Mexican war.-who served from Jef-j ferson county. Ho "Uncle Cal." as he is almost uni- versally known, Is well preserved of both mentally and physically, con-noss sidering his advanced age. i Mr. Brown Is quite a reader and i is well informed on current events. In active life he was a prominent 1 farmer, and business man, and was successful in both capacities.