There are some men who take possession of the public heart and hold it after they are gone, not by flashes of genius or brilliant service, but by unfailing good conduct in all situations and under all of the trials of life. Such a man was Walter Scott Hogg, a lawyer of high standing and a citizen whom Jackson could ill afford to lose. He was born December 19, 1881, in Booneville, Kentucky, and was a son of Stephen P. and Sally Ann (Combs) Hogg. The father was one of the foremost men of eastern Kentucky and a member of the convention that drafted the present constitution of the state.
After the completion of his high school course Walter S. Hogg entered the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated June 22, 1903, with the degree of LL. B., and on July 14 of the same year was admitted to the bar at Beattyville, Kentucky. Soon afterward he located in Jackson, where he followed his profession for twenty-three years, and his legal acumen and well known probity brought him a large and important practice. He was devoted to the interests of his clients but never forgot that he owed a still higher allegiance to the majesty of the law.
Mr. Hogg was married January 4, 1920, to Miss Jessie Stacy, a daughter of Adam Stacy, and they became the parents of two children: Stephen P., who was born February 14, 1921; and Elizabeth, born July 11, 1922.
Mr. Hogg had a high conception of the dignity and responsibility of his profession, in which his interest centered, and practiced until his demise on August 27, 1926, when he was in the full flush of his powers. His untimely death was deeply regretted by his many friends and the following resolutions were adopted by his associates of the Breathitt County Bar:
"W. S. Hogg was a good lawyer, a wise counselor, sound in his judgment and reliable in his opinions on legal questions, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of the entire bar and of all with whom he came in contact. He was singularly free from animosity; he had no malice in his make-up, and while vigorous in the practice of his cases, was never known to make an enemy. As a citizen he was both public-spirited and progressive, liberal in his contribution to churches and schools and generous in his support of every movement for the material advancement of city and community. He was a devoted husband and a doting father who supplied every requirement almost to the extent of lavishness.
"RESOLVED, that in the death of W. S. Hogg the bar has lost one of its strongest and most useful members and that the entire community has sustained an untold loss. His presence we miss in our courts, and the influence that he exercised will live after him. Mr. Hogg was a useful and valuable citizen and his place in the family circle can never be filled.
"RESOLVED that the Breathitt County Bar Association extend to the bereaved widow and the relatives of the deceased its sincere and heartfelt sympathy.
"RESOLVED that a copy of these resolutions be spread at large on the order book and published in the Jackson Times and a certified copy thereof be delivered to the widow of the deceased."
(Signed) O. H. POLLARD
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