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Menefee, B. F.

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Menefee, B. F.
March 12, 2007 09:33PM
Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30,
1901, reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical
Society.

HON. B. F. MENEFEE came into the world in 1857, and is now in his 45th
year. He is a brother of the two Drs. Menefee, being the second child
in a family of seven, six boys and one girl, all of whom are living,
save William, the oldest. B. F. Menefee is the son of S. G. Menefee,
of near Crittenden. He went to school at Crittenden till [sic] he had
secured a fair common school education and then went to school at the
National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, where he graduated. He
came back to Grant and began teaching. He taught several terms in the
schools of the county, among them being Crittenden and Williamstown,
and was eminently successful in his profession. But he was not
satisfied to spend his life as a school teacher, and he began the study
of law with the firm of Simmons & Hogan and was admitted to the bar in
1882 and immediately began the practice of his profession. He was town
attorney of Williamstown for one term and served the town of Crittenden
several years as Police Judge. Though of a Republican family, Ben, as
he is familiarly called, is a Democrat and has never voted any other
ticket in his life. He has been a candidate for a county office on
more than one occasion, but always withdrew before the election, and
just as his friends believed he had the fight won. He is a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a most honored one. His law
practice in Crittenden has of late years reached large proportions,
extending throughout Boone, Kenton and Grant. At the last term of the
Grant Circuit Court he was elected by the members of the Grant County
bar as special judge for the term and served throughout the continuance
of the court with much credit to himself and honor to the county. He
is possessed of a ready fund of wit, is a capital story teller and a
perfect mimic, and always has a crowd around him during court to listen
to his anecdotes. No member of the bar has more friends than he and
fewer enemies. Ben was marred in November, 1887, to Miss Mary Ranton,
a handsome and highly esteemed lady of Crittenden. To their union two
children have been born, a boy and a girl.

Menefee Simmons Hogan Ranton
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OH Boone-KY Kenton-KY

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