Davis J. Cable
Davis J. Cable, senior member of the well-known law firm of Cable
Parmenter, of Lima, and an attorney of acknowledged ability, who has
been in active practice for almost a quarter of a century, was born in
Van Wert County, Ohio, August 11, 1859, and is a son of John I. and
Angie R. (Johnson) Cable.
Joseph Cable, the paternal grandfather of our subject, settled in Ohio prior
admission as a State. He was one of the distinguished men of his time.
From 1849 to 1853 he represented the Fifth Congressional District of
Ohio, composed of Columbiana, Stark, Jefferson and Carroll counties, in
the United States Congress and is noted further as being the author of
the first homestead bill presented to Congress. He edited the first
newspaper issued at (New) Lisbon, Columbiana County, and later was
associate justice of the State. The maternal grandfather, Davis Johnson,
was one of the early pioneers of Van Wert County.
Davis J. Cable was reared in Van Wert County, where the family has
always been a prominent one. On completing the common school course, He
turned his attention to the law, subsequently entering the law department
of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. He then came to Lima, was
admitted to the bar in 1881 and entered into practice. In 1882 he was
elected city solicitor. The firm of Cable & Parmenter, which was formed
in 1888, is one of the strongest in the county and handles a large part
of the important cases coming before the various courts. Their well -
appointed and commodious offices are located at No. 304 Masonic
Mr. Cable organized The Lima Telephone & Telegraph Company and is now
and has been for some years the president of the same. He was one of the
organizers of the National Roofing Tile Company, of which he has always
been secretary. He was the originator and one of the promoters of the
Fort Wayne, Van Wert, & Lima Traction Company and is at present
vice-president and counsel of this company.
In 1882 Mr. Cable was married to Mary A. Harnly. They have
home that they call " Springside Farm, " which is located in the city
Mr. Cable is a prominent Mason and has served as master of both the local
Mr. Cable was one of the organizers of the Masonic Hall Company, of
which he became president and served as such during the erection of the
Masonic Building and for two years thereafter. While not an active
politician, he has always been alert as to public conditions and has
constantly performed every duty of a good citizen.