West Hill Cemetery
Henry C. Hare
9 August 1868 - 19 July 1896
Silas Hare Jr.
30 October 1862 - 13 March 1931
Kate Glasscock Hare
6 September 1860 - 11 February 1944
w/o Silas Hare Jr.
Luther R. Hare
24 August 1851 - 22 December 1929
Dr. James Barker
3 November 1918 - 10 September 1963
March 10, 1931
Judge Silas Hare Has Passed Away
Distinguished Lawyer Who Had Held Many Important Positions in Sherman
Judge Silas Hare, one of the best known jurists in North Texas, died Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at his home on South Travis street after a long period of bad health, but he had been active in his practice of law until the last few days.
Although a member of the first graduating class of Texas Agriculture and Mechanical college, Judge Hare returned from college after receiving a civil engineering degree to study law in the the officeof his father, Silas Hare Sr., and followed that profession throughout his life. He retired as Judge of the fifteenth district court early in 1929 after ten years on the bench.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, president of the Grayson County Bar association and vice president of the Merchants and Planters National bank at the time of his death. He served for a humber of years on the Sherman school board and was at one time city attorney of Sherman.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the home with interment in West Hill cemetery. Dr. Conway Wharton, his pastor, will conduct the services, with Dannel-Scott in chargeof funeral arrangements.
Active pall bearers will be J.P. Everheart, W.B. Brents, F.Z. Edwards, O.S. Gresham, B.B. Weilbanas, C.B.Dorchester, George Mattingly and R.L. Hall
The Grason County Bar Association will meet as a body at the Hare residence at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday for funeral services. All memebers of the Grayson County Bar Association have been names honorary pall bearers.
Judge Hare was the son of Silas Hare, an illustrious sire who served as judge of the criminal district court, composed then of Dallas, Collin and Grayson counties, receiving his appointment to this position, Feb. 19, 1874. Later he was elected to congress, the fifth congressionaldistrict,t hen including Cooke county, An old history of "the House in the Fiftieth Congress" hasthe following to say of Silas Hare Sr.: "Silas Hare, who had been a private in the war with Mexico and chif justiceof New Mexico in 1861, under the Confederate governmen, became a captain in the Confederate army."
Judge Hare Jr. was born Oct. 30, 1882, in Belton. He was a member of the first graduating class of Texas A. andM. college, receiving the C.E. degree. He studied law with his father and later practiced with him. In other years he was a member of the firm of Wolfe, Hare, and Sempie, Wolfe, Hare and Maxey and Head, Dillard, Smith, Hare and Head. After retiring as district judge he formed a partnership with Carles Batsell under the firm name of Hare and Batsell.
He served as county attorney of Grayson county from 1896 to 1909 and was appointed judge of the fifteenth district, serving until he voluntarily retired Jan. 1, 1929.
He was active vice president of the Commercial National bank when organized and served as vice president and director until its consolidation several months ago with the Merchants and Planters National bank, becoming vice president of that institution.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Kate GlasscockHare, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. JH. Glasscock, and a son, Frank Hare, city commissioner and member of the firm of Hall and Hare. A brother, General Luther R. Hare, died a few months ago. A sister, Mrs. John Smith, formerly of Sherman but now living in New Orleans, also survives.
Judge Haremade quite a record as district judge, having only one or two cases reversed by higher courts. Typical of the attitude of the legal fraternity is a statement of Sam R. Sayersof Fort Worth, who was attorney in a famous criminal case transferred to Judge Hare's cout. The statement followes in part: "I regret very much to know that the bench of Texas is losing so valuable and good man as you. I have tried cases, civil and criminal, in more than fifty per centof the counties in Texas, and from my experience I believe that I am in position to make some comparison. Litigants and lawyers, the state the the defendant, strangers and neightbors received the same characterof treatmentin the fifteenth judicial district court, because the hudge theeof was a lawyer and a man."
"During my legal career of more than thirty years," says Charle Batsell, Sherman lawyer, "I have known and admired Judge Hare as a lawyer, as a prosecuting attorney, as a judge of exceptional ability and unswerving fidelity. But it was in the last two years, in which I have been closely associated with him, that I came to really know and appreciate the sterling manhood inherent in him that would not sanction any injustice; the gentleness of his nature that caused him to strive at all times to avoid by word or act the wounding or stinging of another; the high sense of duty that caused him to study unceasingly the facts and the law of any matter submitted to him before advising the course to be followed. His love for little children was a striking characteristic, as was also his true sympathy for every one in need or in distress. Every movement for civic progress and the bettering of the condition of the community held his interest and support. We have lost one of our best men and one of the most outstanding of Grayson county's citizens."
Great numbers of friends and associates joined in paying tributes to Judge Hare when they heard of his passing Tuesday morning.
C.B. Dorchester, president of the Merchants and Planters National bank, says of Judge Hare, "He was a man of fine ability and the greatest integrity; in fact, there was no finer man in the country than Judge Hare."
R.A. Chapman, president and manager of the Chapman Milling company and a vice president of the Merchants and Planters National bank said of Judge Hare, "He was a man of the highest principles. His record as a judge was excellent, his outstanding quality being his fairness to all."
"Judge Hare is the fairest man I have ever known," says R.L. Hall, member of the insurance firm of Hall and Hare. "No matter was too large or too trivial to receive his attention on the fairest sort of basis. He never let a contractor lose on a contract if he knew it, and he never raised the rent on a tenant. Judge Hare's religion was lived every day in his relationship to people with whom he came in contact."
Judge Frank C. Dillard, member of the law firm of Head, Dillard, Maxey, Freeman, McReynolds and Hay, and a vice president of the Merchants and Planters National bank, says of Judge Hare, "I have known Judge Hare from his young manhood when he was a student in college until this day of his death. As a citizen, in his dealings with fellowmen he had a high sense of right, of probity and of justice; as a lawyer, he was fair, able and devoted to the highest ideals of his professions; as a judge, he was clear in his thought, discriminating in his judgment, impartial and just. No litigant ever left his court feeling he had not had a perfectly fair trial."
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