Monday, April 20, 2015

Working for the Firm

As seen in a previous post, Rosa O'Brien (sometimes also spelled as Rose) a younger sister of my great-grandfather Harry Edward O'Brien, had trained as a stenographer in 1909. By November 1913, Rosa appears in the Decatur Herald, working for the law firm of Whitaker, Ward and Pugh. The firm had relocated to prime office space in Shelbyville, Illinois. The article provides a glimpse of life working in a law firm over a hundred years ago.

Rose likely used this law office training while serving as the executrix of her Aunt Anna Maria O'Brien's estate in February 1914. She was only 27 when she took on this responsibility.


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