Voices of Minnesota

Oral History Interview with Helen Henton

DATE: November 21, December 1 and December 12, 1978

INTERVIEWER: Edward P. Nelson

Helen Henton was born and educated in Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law College, she was the one of the first woman to practice law in out-state Minnesota, when she worked in Franklin Minnesota for a little over a year in the mid-1920s. She also worked for Legal Aid in St. Paul for about three years. She died in 1986.

Subjects discussed include her own and her spouse's paternal and maternal relations, her mother's experiences as daughter of a minister, her childhood, education, jobs, brief legal career - rural Minnesota and Legal Aid in St. Paul, traveling on a limited budget, taking over business matters after her husband's death, amateur artist experiences. Her husband, Robert Beach Henton's childhood, education, and career. Experiences at Hamline University and University of Minnesota - impressions of professors, campus life, law school, being only woman in the class. Also mentions other contemporary women lawyers. Benefits of a law school education.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 10 hours 47 minutes

TRANSCRIPT: 102 pages