Judge Erneis R. E. Kimbrough (1851-1930) of
Danville, IL heard
of why Chicago's building ordinances were invalid
and on March 10, 1907 acquitted Iroquois theater
Will J. Davis.
Kimbrough served in the Illinois state legislature
and as Danville’s mayor for a term. He was elected
judge from 1903-1915.
Kimbrough's first wife, Julia C. Tincher Kimbrough
(b.1855), died in 1904. She was very active in
Danville clubs and organization. They had one child,
Robert E. Kimbrough (1877-1886) and adopted a
daughter from the orphans asylum, Helen Kimbrough.
Jun 1909, two years after the Davis acquittal,
Kimbrough married widow Emma Steyer Fountain from
Colorado Springs. Emma had two grown daughters from
her late husband and was described as socially
adopted daughter, Helen, ran off and attempted to
elope with a fellow from Decatur, Indiana named
Leland Parker. The judge thwarted the elopement and
as punishment sent the girl back to the orphanage.
He later relented and she returned to his home but
the situation impacted his marriage negatively and
the new Mrs. Kimbrough moved to Los Angeles in 1911.
In so doing she avoided another run-away performance
by the daughter in Jan 1912.