1 September 1888, in Quebec
Hypolite Bessette and Mathilde Lea Carreau
2 sisters and 2 brothers
- Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula
- University of California, Berkeley
Clyde C. Roper May 1911
One son and one daughter. She also raised her sister’s three young sons after her sister died.
LL.B., Valparaiso University 1908
Employment before Practicing Law:
She came to Havre in 1908 to work as a court reporter and manage a public stenographic office.
Admitted to Practice:
“Land Attorney” in Havre
Owned and operated the Northern Auto Company (general garage agents for Studebakers) in Havre
“During the Depression, Mrs. Roper went to California and sold everything from cemetery lots to fire extinguishers.”
1 December 1974
“A Look Back at Women in Havre History
“Eglantine Bessette Roper: Hi-Line Attorney
“Eglantine Bessette Roper’s father had been involved in the freighting and transportation business associated with the building of Fort Assinniboine. In 1897 he settled his family on a ranch in the Havre area where Eglantine was born in 1888. Unusual as it was at the time, she received an extensive education both in Montana and California and gained experience with the law working as a court reporter and public stenographer in what was then Choteau County.
Married to Clyde Roper in 1910, she bore a son but continued to seek additional legal education which resulted in her being admitted to the Bar in 1919.
Shortly after, she established her own practice as a land attorney in Havre and continued to work with her husband in the operation of the Northern Auto Company until 1925, when they sold the business and opened a general insurance, real estate and loan office here.
Eglantine acted as an agent for the U.S. Building and Loan of Butte and at one time dealt in oil leases in the Shelby area. She left Havre in the Depression years but returned to Havre in 1962, finding few friends or business associations. Apparently successful in business but not socially, she died in December 1974.