Arthur Richard [Dow] McOrmond

Transcription of Ansonia Evening Sentinel - 29-30 December 1925

Death Comes Sunday Morning To Prosecuting Attorney A. R. M'Ormond

- End Comes at 11:30 O'clock at New Haven Hospital Where Attorney Was Removed Wednesday -
-Last Illness Took Serious Turn Saturday -
- Self-Made Man Who Studied Law While Working as Tool-maker in Local Mill -
- Served for 16 Years as Prosecuting Attorney of Ansonia City Court -
- A Man of Character Who Won His Way by Work and Held High Place in Esteem of Community -

   Prosecuting Attorney Arthur R. McOrmond died Sunday morning. The end came at the New Haven hospital at 11:30 o'clock Sunday morning, being quiet and peaceful.

   Attorney McOrmond was removed from his home on Holbrook Street to the New Haven hospital Wednesday. He had been in failing health for several years, but was able most of the time to attend to his duties. For a period last summer his old time vigor seemed to have returned and his friends hoped that the improvement would continue. He experienced several setbacks but each time recovered and his last illness was not considered serous at first. A few days ago his condition took a change for the worse and it was decided to remove him to the hospital. Here he received every attention, but Saturday his condition took a most serious turn and it was apparent that the end was near.

   The news of Attorney McOrmond's death caused general regret. There are few men in Ansonia who are better known than was Attorney McOrmond and scores of people in every walk of life expressed a sense of personal loss when they heard of his death. City and court officials had many good words to say of the man who had served for such a long period as prosecuting attorney and court sessions in the city court were adjourned this morning by Judge R. L. Munger out of respect to Attorney McOrmond.

Bar Meeting Called

   Judge Munger has called a meeting of the bar of Ansonia, Derby, Shelton and Seymour for 10 o'clock next Saturday morning to take action on the death of Attorney McOrmond. The meeting will be held in the court room, city hall. The members of the bench and bar in this city will attend the funeral, which will be held Tuesday afternoon with services at the First Congregational church at 2:30 -'clock. Interment will be at Pine Grove cemetery. The remains may be viewed this evening at the undertaking parlors of William H. Jenkins, 12 Franklin Street.

   Attorney McOrmond was 49 years of age. He was born in [Rochester], N. Y., in 1876 and spent his early life there. Later he removed with his parents to Massachusetts and then located in Bridgeport where he learned the machinist and toolmaker's trade. He had just passed his majority when he came to Ansonia and entered the employ of the Coe Brass company, now a part of the Ansonia branch of the American Brass Company.

   His work as a toolmaker and designer, gained him prominence. When some particularly fine die was required for working brass or copper, Mr. McOrmond was selected to do the work. He was accurate in all things and being a thorough mechanic, proved equal to amongst his peers on when some difficult mechanical problem came up to solve. Man in the mill called him a wizard, but Mr. McOrmond was a student as well as a mechanic and studied and read until he became an authority on machines.

    The law attracted his attention and while still employed in the Coe mills he fitted himself for the bar in the office of the late Judge Verenice Munger, father of Judge R. L. Munger. He proved a most diligent student and after a few years in the office of Judge Munger, passed the state bar examination with a very high ratting.

   The new attorney kept working in the mill, but several cases in which he was engaged attracted attention to himself and he gave up his work in the shop to devote himself to the practice of his new profession.

   Attorney McOrmond soon build up a good practice. Sixteen years ago when Attorney C. C. Ford resigned as prosecuting attorney and removed to New Haven, Attorney McOrmond was named in his place by Judge R. L. Munger. He held the position ever since, being reappointed every two years. As prosecuting attorney, Mr. McOrmond gained the reputation of being fair and just. The position of prosecuting attorney is a difficult one, but while Attorney McOrmond was sometimes criticized, he took what course he considered right and held straight to it.Had Loyal Friends

   Few men in Ansonia had more loyal friends than Attorney McOrmond. That a man could attract such friends is a testimonial to his worth that cannot be told in words. There was something about Attorney McOrmond that appealed to men and among them were numbers who saw deeper and found in him one in whom they could place every confidence. They trusted him implicitly and passing years increased this trust and admiration. To these men to whom he was an inspiration, his death brings a regret that will linger long. His memory will remain to them as long as life lasts.

   Attorney McOrmond's outstanding trait was honesty. He despised hypocrisy and felt it necessary at various times during his term of office as prosecuting attorney to give his opinion on matters in which he felt a direct and straightforward answer was needed. He had no use for simulation and frank in all things himself, showed his admiration and appreciation when he found the same traits in others.

   Attorney McOrmond is survived by a widow and two children, a daughter, Mrs. Elinor Hannon, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and a son, Alexander McOrmond, of this city. He leaves two brothers, Edward McOrmond, U. S. N. retired, who lives in California and William McOrmond, who resides in Schenectady, N. Y. There are also two sisters, Mrs. Clara Hilsinger, of Bridgeport and Mrs. Mamie Hallock of Waterbury.

   Attorney McOrmond was a member of Anson's lodge, B. P. O. E.: the T. P. R. association, Foresters, the Deutsche Verein and an honorary member of the Fountain Hose company. The Veterans of Foreign Wars also honored him with honorary membership, in appreciation of his services in behalf of the ex-service men.


Many at Funeral of Atty. M'Ormond

Citizens in All Walks of Life Join in Tribute to Well Known Man.

   Not in years has such a reprentative body of men gathered to pay the last tribute to a man as assembled at the First Congregational church yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of Prosecuting Attorney Arthur R. McOrmond who passed away Sunday morning. Members of the legal profession from the associated towns were present among the gathering, besides city officials and citizens from all walks of life.

   Simplicity marked the funeral services, in keeping with the life of Attorney McOrmond, whose old-fashioned honesty and straight forwardness drew to him friends who showed their grief plainly yesterday afternoon, as they gathered to pay the last mark of respect. Rev. Otto W. Burtner, pastor of the church, conducted the services.

   Those who acted as pallbearers, were all staunch friends of AttorneyMcOrmond, they being John W. Schumachar, Police Sergeant John Mahoney, N.D. Malumphy, Thomas E. Houlthan, George Loecher and Judge Robert L. Munger of the city court. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful and reflected the great esteem in which Attorney McOrmond was held by his legions of friends. The funeral cortege was a long one, the remains being conveyed to the family plot at Pine Grove cemetary for burial. Undertaker William H. Jenkins was in charge of the funeral arrangements, the funeral being held from his mortuary parlors on Fraklin Street at 3 o'clock and a half hour later from the First Congregational church.

Among Those Present

   Those in attendance at the funeral included Judge R. L Munger and Judge M. C. Isbell, Prosecuting Attorney John J. Bennett and Clerk Robert Adamson of the Ansomia city court, Mayor Mead ex-Mayer John W. Schumacher, ex-Mayor Stephen Charters, F.L. Gaylord, ex-county commissioner and former postmaster ex-Congressman P.R O'Sullivan, Derby; Prosecuting Attorney William J. Cursina, Shelton; Prosecuting Attorney C.J. Atwater, Baymour; Corporation Counsel F. M. McCarthy, James T. MacKay, judge of probate; City Treasurer F. M. Drew, Tax Collector M. J. Cook, City Clerk T.A. Wirtha, James T. Smith, Charles Buck and Thomas J. Hine of the board of assessors, of which Mr. McOrmond was a member and practically all the attorneys in the city, with many from Derby and other towns. Nearly every city official attended, besides scores of men who knew Attorney McOrmond for years and held him in high esteem.

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