Ira W. Jayne
Ira Waite Jayne (1882-1961) was elected to the Wayne County, Michigan Circuit Court bench in 1915 and served as Chief Judge for 27 years of his 37 years working for the court. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1905. He was the attorney for The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Detroit. He developed the boarding home plan replacing orphanages.
Born in Fenton, Genesee County, Mich., June 16, 1882. Son of Daniel G. Jayne and Alice (Waite) Jayne; married 1911 to Jean Bilton. Republican. Law professor; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1919–56; defeated, 1917; resigned 1956; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1920; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1928. Member, American Bar Association; NAACP; Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Elks; Foresters; Odd Fellows.
Secretary of War Newton D. Baker appointed the judge to the recreational activities duty for United States Army camps in 1917 during World War I. There is a park which bears his name in Detroit.
Along with Walter P. Reuther he chose the sculpture, Carl Milles's statue "The Hand of God", which stands to pay tribute to Frank Murphy outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in downtown Detroit.
A summary of his career appears in Recreation, Volume 12 By National Recreation Association.
He wrote numerous articles which remain on record to this day.
Judge Jayne was born in Fenton, Michigan and Fenton's Jayne Road is named for him as are the two Jayne Hill subdivisions which were built on his former farm.