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Orfa Jean Shontz


Picture of Orfa Jean Shontz
CA Blue Book 2000
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1934 Democratic SBOE4 547260 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: November 1, 1876 in Avoca, Iowa
Died: 1954

1911-1914: Probation Officer, Los Angeles County Juvenile Court
1914-1915: Secretary to the Los Angeles County Probate Court
1915-1918: Woman's Department Referee, Los Angeles County Juvenile Court*
1918: Primary Candidate for Los Angeles County Superior Court (Lost)
1920-19??: City Clerk, City of Los Angeles
1935-1947: Justice, Los Angeles Municipal Court

  • As Referee, Shontz was the first female in California to "sit on the bench and administer justice" [Source: Los Angeles from the mountains to the sea by John Steven McGroarty (1921)]

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