Lois James Schnebly ’23

Full Name: Lois Harriett James Schnebly

University of Montana School of Law, Class of 1923


+++++9 June 1898


+++++John W. James and Mary Almyra Little

+++++John W. James was “one of Anaconda’s pioneer attorneys, practicing there from prior to the turn of the century until his death” [1929]


+++++2 sisters and 2 brothers


  • University of Wisconsin, one year
  • B.A., University of Montana 1923

Legal Education:

+++++LL.B., University of Montana School of Law 1923


  • William C. Ayers, in Albany, Oregon, September 1927
  • Frank L. Schnebly




  • Legal Secretary 1938-1944
  • Schnebly Abstract Company 1944-1965


+++++6 November 1976

16 October 1921 — Anaconda Standard

+++++“. . . Anaconda also enjoys the unique distinction of having two girls that are majors in the school of law, Lois James who graduates next spring, and Virginia McGuire, who is in her second year. . . . ”

6 October 1922 — Anaconda Standard

+++++“Miss Lois James, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. James, who is attending the University of Montana, has been appointed law librarian at the university.”

+++++“Lois James Forms Law Partnership with Father

+++++For the first time in its history, Anaconda will have a woman lawyer, for Miss Lois James entered partnership with her father, John W. James, in the law firm which will now be known as James and James.
+++++Miss James is a native daughter of this city, graduated from the high school here in 1917. She attended the University of Wisconsin for several years and graduated from the law department of the University of Montana at Missoula two years ago. Since her graduation she has served as librarian at the law library at the university, the position she resigned when she decided to enter the practice of law in this city.”

3 October 1944 — “Shelby Women Buy Abstract — Credit Concern; Lois Ayers, Ruby Benjamin Purchase from Ziebarth

+++++Mrs. Ruby A. Benjamin and Mrs. Lois J. Ayers will assume management of the Shelby Abstract and Credit Exchange, effective September 1, according to Florence Ziebarth, who has disposed of her interests to them after 10 years in business.
+++++Mrs. Benjamin and Mrs. Ayers are well qualified for the position as they have a background of experience in office work.
+++++Mrs. Benjamin recently resigned a clerking position at the local post office which she held for seven years.  She was also a teacher in Toole county for 10 years.
+++++Mrs. Ayers has resided in Shelby for two years, coming here from Great Falls where she was secretary to Leo Graybill, attorney.  She has been in the office of L. P. Donovan, local attorney since that time.  She was admitted to the bar in the State of Montana and has had abstract and credit law experience in the state of Oregon and in Montana. . . .”
+++++unidentified clipping

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