Josephine Harris ’02

Full name: Josephine Harris Sherwood


Butte Inter Mountain 10 November 1902

+++++“Third to be admitted to practice law in the courts of Montana and one of the youngest ever given this right in the United States, are the distinctions enjoyed by Miss Josephine Harris of Helena. Her career will be watched with interest by the other attorneys of the state.
+++++When Miss Harris appeared before the supreme court a few days ago, accompanied by Sol Hepner, who acted as her sponser [sic] before the tribunal, she was entirely self-possessed. Though all about her were men and the court chamber had held but few of the gentler sex, she was not nervous.
+++++The three men who just now comprise the supreme court are rigid in upholding the dignity of the courts as well as in maintaining a high standard of proficiency among lawyers admitted to practice. To a stranger, therefore, the searching inquisitory process might have seemed harsh, far too strict for a woman.
+++++But Miss Harris answered questions rapidly and without hesitation. These were asked with great rapidity and the running fire of interrogations would have tested many able attorneys. Practically all were answered correctly and to the satisfaction for the court, for the order to enroll her name among the members of the bar came immediately after the conclusion of the examination.
+++++Miss Harris was reared in Helena and received her early education here. She obtained her law training in Leland Stanford university, where she took high honors in her class. Before returning here she was admitted to the bar in California. She intends to practice in Helena.”

16 June 1901 — Helena Independent

+++++“The Helena friends of Miss Josephine Harris, a former resident of this city [Helena], will be pleased to learn that she has been admitted to the bar of California.”

7 November 1902 — Butte inter mountain — “He [sic] Can Practice Now.”

+++++“Miss Josephine Harris of this city was admitted to practice law in Montana upon motion of H. S. Hepner in the supreme court yesterday.”

23 October 1903 — Amador Ledger — “Married in Butte, Montana”

+++++“W. C. Sherwood, the painter of Jackson, received a clipping from a Montana paper this week, stating that his son, Will Sherwood, was married in Butte last week to Miss Josephine Harris. The wedding is the outcome of an attachment formed several years ago, when the contracting parties were students together at Stanford University. Mr. Sherwood is a graduate of Stanford, while his wife finished her studies at the Berkeley Institution, from which she graduated with honors. The bride is a Jewess. Mr. Sherwood is a Gentile. The parents of the girl opposed the match on the ground of religious differences, but their objections were overruled by what is commonly called an elopement, ending in the wedding referred to. Mr. Sherwood is a rising lawyer of San Francisco. Prior to her marriage Miss Harris had been deputy county attorney at Butte, Montana. The pair will make their home in San Francisco.”

1 January 1908 — Helena Independent Record — “Herman Harris, Surrounded by Family, Answers Final Roll Call”

+++++“Herman Harris, for many years a resident of Helena, died yesterday morning at his residence, 536 Eight avenue, at the age of 82 years. Up to four weeks ago, Mr. Harris was strong and healthy and exceptionally active for a man of his years. For the past month, however, he was confined to his bed by a slight illness which was not thought to be serious. A week ago, a change for the worse was noticeable after which his decline, hastened by his age, was rapid. Mr. Harris was conscious up to the last moment, however, and was conversing quietly with his family gathered around his bedside when the final summons came.
+++++Mr. Harris came to Helena 26 years ago, and engaged in the real estate business here and soon amassed considerable property. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Harry and Sol, both of New York, and a daughter, Mrs. Josephine Sherwood, formerly of Helena, but now of Alameda, Cal., who hastened to her father’s bedside when the news of his illness reached her.
+++++The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the family home. The services will be held under the auspices of the congregation of the Jewish synagogue of which Mr. Harris was a member. Burial will be in the Jewish cemetery.
+++++The pallbearers will be Moses Morris, E. D. Zimmerman, E. Fischl, M. Finklestein, H. Tonn, and Mr. Sands.”

2 September 1937 — Helena Independent — “New Deputy”

+++++“Josephine L. Harris of Great Falls yesterday filed with the clerk of federal court her oath of office and assumed the duties of a deputy U. S. marshall in the office of Chief Deputy E. Lieberg. She takes the place of Mary Ann Stanich who resigned recently to accept a position with the internal revenue service.”

9 February 1938 — Helena Independent — “Sweet Young Things in Marshall’s Office Are Up Against It”

+++++“Three sweet young things in the office of Deputy U. S. Marshall E. Liebing were disgruntled yesterday.
+++++They are going to have to get their hands dirty. Because T. D. Quinn, administrative assistant to the attorney general, has ordered that all deputy U. S. marshalls must be fingerprinted at once and their cards kept on file at Washington, D. C.
+++++The news wasn’t disconcerting to Deputy Lieberg or Deputy O. D. Clark but to Deputies Lulu Witala, Josephine Harris and Lorene Burks it was. They didn’t like the idea of dipping dainty finger tips (and what about those lacquer nails?) into that gooey finger-printing ink. Or maybe they didn’t like the idea of never again being unable to duck an unwelcome boy friend because if your finger prints are on file in Washington you can always be found.
+++++But those objections don’t mean a thing. Today the dainty little finger tips will be dipped into the ink and that will be that.”

11 March 1942 — Helena Independent — “Josephine Harris, Well Known Here, Dies in New York”

+++++“Helena friends and relatives yesterday received word of the death in New York city of a former Helena resident, Mrs. Josephine Sherwood.
+++++Mrs. Sherwood, formerly Miss Josephine Harris, was a graduate of Helena high school and one of the first women admitted to the bar in Montana. She served as deputy in the county attorney’s office under Lincoln Working. The Harris family formerly lived at 524 Eighth avenue.
+++++Miss Sherwood was a cousin of Mrs. H. S. Hepner and the Misses Alice and Selma Israel of the Bonneville apartments.
+++++Internment was in New York city.”


+++++Approximately 1871


  • Stanford
  • Hastings College of Law (graduated in May 1902)

Admitted to Practice

  • California 1901
  • Montana 1902


  • Stenographer and Typewriter, Helena, Montana, 1897
  • Clerk, County Attorney’s Office, Helena, Montana, 1904

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