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192? FRATERNAL, FRANK, FEARLESS, FACTIONLESS Figure 501 IPEU HOMER A. RAMEY LOTUS LYCEAM BUREAU, 233 RAYMER ST., TOLEDO, OHIO SUBJECTS 1. Why the Unrest? 2. A Crust of Dry Bread. 3. A City's One Danger—Knocking. 4. America's Only Real Evil—Gossip. 5. Paternalism. 6. Fraternalism. 7. Citizenship—Its Obligations. 8. No. PERSONAL COMMENDATIONS God just made one Homer Ramey. When He got through with him He threw the moulds away. He's the best natured man and the most refreshing speaker in the country. It's because he is himself and is unaffected; that's all. Lew Williams, The Buckeye Poet. I have known Homer Ramey a number of years and have heard him speak upon various occasions and subjects. I have always found what he had to say interesting and expressed in his own inimitable way. Hon. Harry W. Lloyd, Judge of Court of Appeals. Judge Ramey is easily the answer to any speaker's committee, who are looking for an unusual and interesting speaker. Very truly yours, Judge Aaron B. Cohn, Associate on Municipal Bench. If it had not been for Senator Ramey we would have taken ourselves too seriously and fell over backwards. Ramey succeeded in killing all the freak and bad bills by making them ridiculous through his humor. We will all live ten years longer for knowing Homer Ramey. Senator Earl C. McCreary, Colleague in State Senate, Cincinnati, Ohio. Representative Ramey, Chairman of the Cities Committee in the House, was the hardest worker in the House and commanded the most attention of any man in a legislative committee, either in national or state legislative halls, that I have ever witnessed. When he spoke, he always said something, and he seemed to work twenty-four hours in a day and never be tired. In fatigue, his smile never came off. Representative Charles Brenner, Chairman of Cuyahoga County Delegation in Dhio Legislature, 84th General Assembly. Homer Ramey has been my close friend and colleague through three sessions of the legislature. I have worked with him, sat side by side with him through three sessions. He always cheered both bodies or any crowd where he addressed, and he had a philosophy of life which was to have no hatred towards any one. I have never seen him fussed or out of humor. Hon. Leroy W. Hunt, Three Times Representative from Lucas County. Present County Prosecutor. William Cowper Braun is the Wizard of Words, and Homer A. Ramey is the Wizard of Thoughts. Hon. Harry S. Griffith, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Homer A. Ramey—His dominate characteristic is extreme affability. His word pictures when compared with those of other orators are as pleasing to his listeners as is an oasis in a desert to a weary traveler. Charles W. Davis, Member of Local Bar. Judge Ramey who was my colleague on the bench and is the most lovable man of my acquaintance. He is so good-natured that many take advantage of him. I hope that he is not killed in the house of his friends. Hon. W. A. Cuff, Former Associate on Municipal Bench. I wish every Police Bench in the country had a Homer A. Ramey. The social problem would be solved. Judge Scott Stahl, Former Judge of Court of Common Pleas. RECORD ON MUNICIPAL COURT As Judge of the Municipal Court of Toledo, Homer Ramey has made an enriable record. He has always been firm in the administration of justice and at the same time kind, considerate and humane in his judgments. Many a human derelict who has been put on the right track by Judge's Ramey's advice. When he sees good qualities in a prisoner before him, Ramey frequently performs the role of probation officer as well as judge, and many reformed men trace their start on the righteous path to the day that they appeared before Judge Ramey for sentence. Wm. Mack, Newspaperman and Sociologist, Toledo, O. TOLEDOAN SUNSHINE EVEN TO DEMOCRATS Columbus, April 22.—There's one member of the legislature who is always good natured, no matter how many committees he has attended during the day and night, nor how many bills he is interested in may have been swatted. He hails from the banks of the Maumee and was christened Homer A. Ramey, but they know him here as Sunshine. Figure Representative Hastings, Holmes County, one of the handful of Democrats in the house, started use of the nickname early in the session, and it has spread. When we get grouchy over here in the minority corner as the steam roller grinds down our bills, we just look over to the majority side and spot Ramey—then we feel better, said Hastings today. He has the faculty of pouring salt into our wounds and making us like it. Every time he smiles, it's just as if the sun had elbowed its way out of the clouds. Several delegations have called on Ramey lately and asked him to become a candidate for mayor of Toledo in the primary next summer. Sunshine just smiled and modestly said, I'm too young. Frank Wark, in Toledo Blade, April 22, 1921. Homer A. Ramey, legislator, judge and humorist, was educated in the schools of Morrow County, Ohio, Park College and Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio, although his greatest education was received in the words of that great lecturer from Ada, Ralph Parlette, the University of Hard Knocks. Young Ramey after completing his high school education in Morrow County taught country school in order to get some incidental expenses and money for clothing, and entered Park College at Parkville, Missouri, for his technical education, a school which only accepted the poor but earnest. Student there worked four hours a day at manual labor and went to school the rest of the time. After being in school for a little over one semester, Ramey was taken ill with typhus fever and was compelled to spend the remainder of the year in the hospital. His money had gone, but he returned to the teaching profession to the islands of Lake Erie, and stayed at this work until he had paid the debts which were contracted through illness, and then entered Ohio Northern University for the study of law, with 32 cents in his pocket, after having paid $14.00 for tuition for one term. For his board he milked five cows night and morning, and fo rhis room rent he fired the furnace and chored for Mrs. John Wesley Hill, the mother of one of the world's greatest ministers. It has been the commendation of the citizens of Ada about the tender care that Ramey gave this earnest woman. On Saturdays he worked for the neighboring farmers at odd jobs to get money to pay the other tuition. In January, 1917, he entered the practice of law in Toledo, with a wife and child, and enough money to pay two weeks' room rent. His struggle has brought out the great humanitarian spirit in his work as a judge. Firm and a champion of law enforcement he extends leniency where there is an opportunity to save the individual and does it fearlessly in spite of criticism. The political thing or policy are unknown to him. Ramey has been the author of the following bills in the Ohio Legislature as a member of the House: Author of Ohio's law defining and providing for felonious assault upon children, Vol. 109, Ohio Laws, Page 45. Author of Ohio's law providing for aprehension and punishment of man who abandons minor child or pregnant woman. Vol. 110, pages 7-8, Sec. 13008-13008-1, General Code. Author of Ohio's Sanitary Sewer Law, passed over Governor's veto April 28th, 1923. Vol. 110, page 338. Author of Lucas County Domestic Relations Court Act. Vol. 110, Ohio Laws, page 157. And author of the following Senate bills as member of Senate 86th General Assembly. Senate Bill No. 10—To remove the technicalities which cause the expense and delay to litigants in regard to the means of introducing evidence as to accounts. Senate Bill No. 15—To provide for the voluntary admission of patients to state hospitals, and remove the burdens which unfortunates have prior been placed to. Senate Bill No. 52—To prevent people from absconding their creditors and concealing luxuries, etc., from the judgment creditors. Senate Bill No. 298—To provide for psychiatric examination and treatment of juvenile delinquents rather than jailing them. Senator Ramey was also the sponsor of a movement providing for the physical examination prior to marriage, which passed the Senate this year unanimously, and was held up in the rules committee of the House because of political manouvering and trading. This is a cause which he has sponsored for three terms. Senator Ramey was also the joint author of the Sterilization Bill which was passed by Senate and House, and vetoed by Governor Donahey.
|Title||Fraternal, frank, fearless, factionless|
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|Personal Name Subject||Ramey, Homer A. (Judge)|
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