Helen Fredericks ’20

Full Name: Helen Fredericks Leber


University of Montana School of Law, Class of 1920


Born:

+++++23 January 1894, in Montana

Parents:

+++++Sven Fredericks and Inga Isabelle Benedikte Tambs

Siblings:

+++++2 brothers

Legal Education:

+++++LL.B., University of Montana School of Law 1920

Admission to Practice

+++++Montana 1920

Employment:

  • Clerk & Assistant to the U.S. Attorney, Helena, September 12, 1921
  • Attorney, Federal Home Loan Bank, Los Angeles, 1933-1945

Residence:

+++++Montana
+++++California (between 1920 and 1930; 1933-1945)

Married:

+++++19 January 1964 to Floyd Leber

Member:

+++++Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank, 12th District, at Los Angeles, 23 February 1940

Death:

+++++16 July 1975, in Long Beach, California


19 September 1920 — Independent Record

“Woman Roughrider is Let Out of Jail

+++++Missoula — Through her attorney, Miss Helen Fredericks, Mrs. Jack Gould was released yesterday afternoon on a writ of habeas corpus from the county jail, where she was sentenced to serve 25 days by Judge Bouner for creating a disturbance. Miss Fredericks handled her first case credibly, demonstrating her ability as a lawyer. Alva Baird, deputy county clerk and a classmate of Miss Fredericks, was the opponent of the fair Portia.
+++++According to Mrs. Gould, better known as ‘Tex Haynes,’ having ridden at rodeos and wild-west performances at county fairs all over the northwest and southwest, she had not been drinking the night she was arrested, but stayed with her husband, who had been drinking, in order that she might keep him out of trouble.
+++++Referring to the trouble her husband had gotten into recently, Mrs. Gould stated that he was suffering from shell-shock, and when these spells or disturbances came on, she claimed, he is more or less irresponsible.
+++++Mrs. Gould says she comes from a good family in Texas, where she was born and spent her childhood, all members of the family being good riders and familiar with ranch life. As a rider she is absolutely fearless and has received favorable commendation for her work wherever she has performed. She married Jack Gould shortly after his return from the war.”

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