Grandma Sloan is Lawyer Now

Mineral Independent — 24 July 1919
“Youthful Grandmother Recently Admitted to Bar is a Real Live Wire”

+++++“Montana’s first grandma-lawyer is some rustler.
+++++She breezed into the state capitol the other day to be admitted to practice at the state bar, preliminary to settling in this state, probably at Hardin, in Big Horn county.
+++++She is the first grandmother, ever admitted to the bar in this state, but let none presume that she is sere and yellow, for a hustling, vivacious beauty, is Grandma, who might pass for 32 years old, although she says she is forty — says so proudly and dares you to believe it.
+++++The woman is Mrs. Emily E. Sloan, recently of Belle Fourche, S.D.
+++++She is a grandma at forty because she married when 16 years old. She has four children, two of whom are married daughters with three children.
+++++The elder Sloans are ranchers in the Black Hills. Grandma says they had their battle with adversity, now happily over. The family can take care of itself, she says, and she is setting out to begin all over again in a new career.
+++++Mrs. Sloan was born in the woods in Wisconsin. At the time of her marriage she removed to the Black Hills in South Dakota. Her husband rode the range as a cowboy. He finally earned a ranch and the busy little wife engaged in doing the work about the farmhouse and raising four children.
+++++‘My father was admitted to the bar after he was 50 years old,’ she says proudly.
+++++Two years ago she came to the University of Montana at Missoula to complete her law course. She has just passed the state examination and been admitted to the bar.
+++++Grandma is the livest wire that has passed through Helena in some moons, say the state capitol attaches.”

Emily Sloan was elected Montana’s first female county attorney in 1924, serving Carbon County in 1925 and 1926. She moved from Red Lodge to Billings in 1927 and practiced there until about 1940. Her legal career was filled with adventures and adversity. I remain dedicated to sharing her story.

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