Biography of J. E. Addie
Adams County, NE Biographies





J. E. Addie is the junior partner in the law firm of Ragan & Addie of Hastings, prominent representatives of the profession in Adams county. He is actively identified with a calling which has important bearing upon the progress and stability of every community by conserving the rights and privileges of the individual, and it is well known that in the conduct of his cases he is thorough and painstaking and that his devotion to his clients interests is proverbial. Mr. Addie is a native of Iowa, his birth having occurred at Cresco on the 15th of January, 1875, his parents being John and Christina Addie, both of whom are now living. The family is of Scotch lineage and the parents resided for some time in Wisconsin before removing to Iowa, where the father followed the occupation of fanning in order to provide for the support of his wife and children.

At the usual age J. E. Addie became a public school pupil and passed through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school. Later he pursued a classical course of study at Milton College, at Milton, Wisconsin, and at Valparaiso University, and then entered upon the study of law in the Indianapolis College of Law, from which he was graduated with the class of 1904. He made thorough preparation for his profession and since entering upon active practice has constantly advanced. He located first at Friend, Nebraska, where he remained from 1905 until 1913, when he removed to Hastings and here entered upon his present partnership as a member of the firm of Ragan & Addie. He displays ability in putting forth the strong points in his case and in detecting the weak points in his adversary's cause and as the years have gone by his powers in argument have increased, while his pleas are characterized by a clear and decisive logic. The firm are now attorneys for the Chicago & North Western Railroad, for the Hastings & Northwestern Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad.

On the 17th of October, 1907, Mr. Addie was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Riggle, a daughter of B. F. Riggle, of Callaway, Nebraska. They have one child, Dwight B. The religious faith of the family is that of the Congregational church and Mr. Addie also holds membership with the Odd Fellows, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Modern Woodmen. In his political views Mr. Addie is an earnest republican and he was appointed United States commissioner for this district by Judge Thomas Munger. He is fond of outdoor life and indulges his taste in that direction whenever the demands of his practice give him opportunity.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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