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    Addison F. Broomhall, senior member of the law firm of Broomhall & Broomhall, Troy, Ohio, was born at Wilmington, Ohio, in July, 1856, a son of Webb and Adelaide (Finkle) Broomhall. John Broomhall, the original progenitor of the Broomhall family in the United States, was a native of Shropshire, England, and upon his arrival in this country settled in Chester county, Pennsylvania, from whence his descendants have spread to various communities. Addison F. Broomhall has one sister, Mrs. A. C. Quisenberry, whose husband is known widely for his historical writings on Kentucky and other literary work of marked worth and distinction. After attending the public schools at Wilmington, Ohio, and Wittenberg College, Springfield, Addison F. Broomhall located at Troy, where he established himself in the practice of law with Walter S. Thomas as a partner. This association was later terminated and Mr. Broomhall practiced alone for a number of years until joined by his son, Baird. The practice of the firm is largely of corporation character. They are attorneys for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and other railroads and corporations. Mr. Broomhall married Estella Baird, and to this union there were born two children: Baird and Mrs. Corinna B. Coffin. Baird Broomhall was educated at the Troy public schools, University of Michigan and Yale University. From the latter institution he has two degrees; those of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. Following a period of study in the law department of Yale and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, he finished his law studies with his father and joined him in practice at Troy. During the war period, Baird volunteered for the first officers' training camp, not being called, he enlisted in the Motor Transport Corps. Addison F. Broomhall was chairman of the District Exemption Board NO. 3, Southern District of Ohio, with headquarters at Cincinnati, and rendered especially valuable services in that position. He was active in other war activities, being chairman of the memorable County War Chest meeting, held in the fair grounds of Miami county, which gave impetus to the movement which was so successful in providing the county with an overflowing war chest. He is a member of the Troy Club and Troy Rotary Club, belongs to the Presbyterian church; was president of the Board of Education of Troy for a number of years, appointed by the governor of Ohio as a delegate to the National Taxation Conference at Buffalo and served five years on the State Bar Examining Board. Mrs. Broomhall was noted for her activities in all local war movements, a full account of which will be found in the articles dealing with the National Council of Defense and other movements attendant to the war. She has always likewise been a leading spirit in club and church life and in community service work at Troy. She is noted for her ability as an organizer and executive in club and social service work. She is past president of the Alturian Club of Troy, and is past president of the Ohio Federation of Women's Clubs. She is widely known in connection with the work of the National Federation of Women's Clubs.

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