1908 – Pioneer Woman Lawyer Anna O. Blum Born

On this date Anna O. Blum was born in Monroe, Wisconsin. After graduating high school in 1925, Blum attended U.W.- Madison. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in 1929, she worked in the family firm and “read law” prior to beginning her formal legal studies at U.W. Law School. Following legal training, she returned to her hometown of Monroe in 1943 and throughout her career, argued tax and probate cases before numerous courts, including the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Active in both local and national bar organizations, Blum was elected in 1960 to serve as president of the National Women’s Bar Association. She also served as president of the Green County Historical Society and assisted in acquiring the building that still operates today as the Society’s museum. She never retired, but continued to practice probate and tax law until her death at age 77, on April 20, 1985. [Source: ]