Charles Herbert Hubbell was a modest and sometimes infirm link in family histories that have been traced to the Goths in the 800s.
Born in 1863 he followed a well-worn path to the law in the nineteenth century -- through teaching school. He was a school teacher in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in the 1880s and early 1890s. In 1895 he began reading law and was admitted to the Wisconsin bar three years later. He moved to Minneapolis in 1907 and was admitted to the Minnesota bar on July 12, 1909. He practiced law and was active in civic affairs in Robbinsdale until death on December 25, 1937, at age seventy-four. In memorial proceedings for the Hennepin County Bar Association the next year, his modesty was recalled with admiration:
"Charles Herbert Hubbell was not a great lawyer, or a successful one -- as success is commonly measured. He would not have us say he was. He served the client, not the lawyer; and gave freely of his time and services to needy clients where there was no talk of fees. If he fails to be remembered generally by the bar, his name will long be cherished in the hearts of the boys and girls of the neighborhood. The local community was his world. His fireplace its center. The bar was not in need of his services. The boys and girls were."