The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 49
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 49

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page S13 -»'••&£'!#« Names on the door — Partners in Salina's oldest law firm have included, from left, William H. Bishop, Rousseau A. Burch, Charles W. Burch, Bernhardt I. Litowich, LaRue Royce, E.S. Hampton, John Q. Royce, Howard Engleman and C. Stanley Nelson (photographs were not available of L.E. Clevenger or Howard H. Dunham). Centennial spotlight Salina law partnership is one of the state's oldest By KAREN MEIS Staff Writer The law firm of Hampton, Royce, Engleman and Nelson has been known by 11 different names and has undergone a substantial expansion of its focus during the past 100 years. John Q. Royce, senior partner of Hampton, Royce, Engleman and Nelson, said it was originally known as being primarily a "defense firm" and specialized in the defense of insurance companies in automobile damage suits. "We are still a defense firm, but we do a lot more than that now," Royce said. "It used to be everyone in the firm did automobile suits; now we do a little bit of everything." Probates are one such example. Royce said they were once a " busy item" for the firm, but the number of them has decreased. The firm now does trust and estate planning, which Royce said is "basically the same thing, only under a different name." The lineage of Hampton, Royce, Engleman and Nelson makes it one of the oldest law firms in Kansas. In November 1885, William H. Bishop, who had been practicing law in Brookville since being admitted to the bar in February 1884', founded a partnership with Rousseau A. Burch in Salina. Their office was located in the former headquarters of a local physician, an area known at that time as the "old Daily block." Royce said he believes the block was located on the north side of Iron Ave nue and west of the alley between Seventh Street and Santa Fe. Thus was born the law firm of Burch and Bishop, only first of a succession of names by which the Saline County moves juveniles out of jail By CAROL LICHTI Staff Writer During 1985, about 30 juvenile offenders who otherwise would have heard the slamming of jail doors were instead able to stay in a place with no bars — the Saline County Juvenile Center. The center, which opened in March, is part of a state pilot project to place nonviolent, male juvenile offenders someplace other than county jails. The county received finances for the center from a federal grant given to the state by the U.S. Justice Department. Saline County Sheriff Darrell Wilson said the center, located at the corner of Ninth and Park streets, is used to house juveniles accused of committing nonviolent crimes who are not considered runaway or escape risks. It is the only such center run by law enforcement in the state, Wilson said. The former Emergency Medical Services building was renovated with $6,425 from the $160,000 grant. The rest of the grant was used to furnish the center and pay salaries of the staff. Although the center can house up to six juveniles, Wilson said that so far the most staying at one time has been three. Generally, there is only one resident, he said. The center has three bedrooms, one of which is a single room, and a recreation room. Female juveniles who are detained by authorities are housed at the Sauna Youth Care Foundation. Wilson said his department, which is responsible for running the center, has received some criticism from state officials that there are not more juveniles being kept in the center rather than the jail. The number of juveniles staying in the center would be greater if the doors could be locked, Wilson said. Under the grant, there can be no bars and the doors cannot be locked. Wilson said he considered three runaways in the past nine months a good record. All three were apprehended. But Wilson said his concern is that a juvenile who runs will be injured in the attempt and that the escape attempt might result in injuries to others. Offenders are screened, Wilson said, to try to determine if there is a. risk they might try to escape. Wilson has asked the state to reconsider the no-locked-doors regulation because of his strong belief that if the outside doors could be looked it would insure the security of the center and safety of the juveniles and the public. He wrote to the state's Advisory Commission on Juvenile Offenders and estimated that 17 more juveniles could have been placed in the center instead of the jail if the doors were locked. Dave O'Brien, grants administrator for Youth Services of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, said the commission will discuss Wilson's letter at its next meeting later this month. the commission ii satisfied, O'Brien said, that the center has made substantial reductions hi the number of juveniles being held in jail in Saline County. The project is the result of federal action taken in 1974 to require states to show a reduction in juvenile populations in jail this year, he said. By December 1988, law enforcement will be prohibited from holding juveniles in jail. The Salina center is one of four current projects in the state to develop alternatives to housing juvenile offenders hi jail, O'Brien said. Hutchinson is in the process of constructing a center. Labette and Cherokee counties have jointly contracted with a private agency for housing. The fourth project utilizes a foster family situation hi Leavenworth and Atchison counties. firm has been known. Charles W. Burch, brother of R.A. Burch, became associated with the firm hi 1894, and the firm underwent its first name change — Bishop, Burch and Burch. That name lasted four years. In 1898, Bishop left the firm to serve hi the Spanish-American War. He was commissioned a major and remained in the Philippines at the close of the war. Bishop practiced law for 17 years hi Manila before ill health forced him to return to the United States. R.A. Burch and C.W. Burch continued practice under the firm name of Burch and Burch until 1902, when R.A. Burch was appointed as a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. C.W. Burch continued the practice after his brother was appointed to the bench. He was joined by Bernhardt I. Litowich hi 1905 and the firm became Burch and Litowich. Upon his graduation from Washburn Law School hi 1916, LaRue Royce became associated with the firm, and the name was changed to Burch, Litowich and Royce. The firm maintained its office hi the Putnam Building on Seventh and Iron. John Q. Royce said LaRue Royce married R.A. Burch's daughter, which "gave him an advantage of becoming associated with the firm." John Q. is the son of LaRue Royce and grandson of R. A. Burch. 1974 ® INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS. INC. KASA Industrial Controls, Inc. is primarily involved in automation design and manufacturer of custom electrical and pneumatic control panels. Our serviced products are utilized in the industries of grain handling, food processing, automotive, energy power plants, petroleum and municipal water & waste water treatment, both national and international. KASA INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS, INC. P.O., Box 6170, South Industrial Area, Sallna "My dad (LaRue) always said that an ounce of pull is worth two pounds of push," Royce said. The firm moved to the United Building at Seventh and Iron in 1929. Its offices were located on the fifth floor for two years and were then moved to the ninth floor, where they have since been maintained. L.E. Clevenger and E.S. Hampton became associates of the firm in 1927 and 1929 respectively. The two men eventually became partners, and the firm became Burch, Litowich, Royce, Clevenger and Hampton. In 1941, the name was changed to Burch, Litowich, Royce and Hampton when Clevenger retired. Gradual expansion of the offices and library space took place, Royce said, until the firm came to have one of the largest private law libraries in Kansas. The library contains the reports of every court of last resort in the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court. It also has the leading textbooks and digests. Howard H. Dunham joined the firm in 1943, and C.W. Burch died in 1945. The firm became Litowich, Royce and Hampton following Burch's death. It was in 1948 that John Q. Royce became associated with the firm, as did Howard G. Engleman. Upon the death of B.I. Litowich in 1949, the firm name remained the same until changed to Royce, Hampton, Matt Bunker researches in the law firm's library. Scott Wllllaim Dunham, Royce and Engleman in 1951. C. Stanley Nelson became associated with the new firm in that same year. "We used to call ourselves 'We the People, 1 because the firm name became so long," Royce said. LaRue Royce died in 1954, and the firm name remained unchanged until 1956, when it became Hampton, Dunham, Royce and Engleman. In 1968, Dunham retired and the firm became Hampton, Royce, Engleman and Nelson. That name remains on the door today, although Hampton died in 1982 and his son, Tom Hampton, also a partner in the firm, died in 1984. Present members of the firm are Royce, Engleman, Nelson, Jack N. Stewart, W. Dean Owens, N. Royce Nelson (no relation to the Royce or Nelson families in the firm) Sidney A. Reitz, David D. Moshier and J. Stan Sexton. Associates of the firm are David R. Klaassen and Matt Bunker. All are members of the American Bar Association and the Salina, Northwest Kansas and Kansas Bar associations. Bill Phillips Webb Johnson Electrician Since 1953 Well be there when you need us... J« No Job Is Too Big Or Too Small J. Bob Gould Webb Johnson Electrician .Since 1956 Stan Swander Webb Johnson Electrician Since 1960 Clalr Hafaldson Webb Johnson Electrician Since 1975 Steve Wilson Webb Johnson Electrician Since 1973 Greg Johnson Electrician Since 1982 Mrs. Rollln Johnson Owner/Operator ' ' Since 1950 Caleb Complaint Oept. Since 1984 WEBB JOHNSON ELECTRIC, INC. commercial • residential • industrial • retail has been meeting the electrical needs of homes and businesses in this area for over 50 years, since 1932! And we have every intention of standing by that commitment for the next 50 years. Our Electricians have over 150 combined years of experience. In fact, all of our electricians have been with us from 10 years up to 32 years. We wanted you to be aware... 1. Over the past few years we've become the area's largest ceiling fan sales and service center. 2. Our estimating service is working to assure you better, lower prices. 3. Our electricians are highly skilled for all types of electrical work and receive ongoing training to service the newest, state-of-the-art electrical equipment. Thanks Salina and to the surrounding area for making it all possible. 601 East North • P.O. Box 1546 • Salina, Kansas 67402-1546 • 913-825-0214

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