I’m not one to go about picking on other’s research, but I suppose (with five years of Emmett Wilson research — that’s way over 10,000 hours of continuous digging and nit-picking) I can safely call myself an Emmett Wilson Expert.
…at least, that’s what my colleague (who is a credible researcher) over at the National Archives called me the other day, when I stopped by to do a source check. 😀
Anyway. Today’s post is about our resilient Minnie E. Kehoe.
Yesterday, I found this:
And yes, Minnie is listed as one of the first women lawyers in Florida, starting on page 8.
But, despite the fact the information has sources, there’s several errors. Here’s what I mean:
Yes, Minnie was admitted to the bar in 1913; she worked in Pensacola for many years, then moved to Miami to be near family, namely her prominent brother J. Walter Kehoe, then she returned to Pensacola.
But Ervin’s incorrect about her father’s vocation. John Francis Kehoe, Minnie and Walter’s father, was a prominent bricklayer/brickmaker, and in fact supplied some of the materials for the construction of the Jackson County (Florida) Courthouse in Marianna.
Minnie’s brother, J. Walter, was a U.S. Congressman for one term (1917-1919).
The next item to note:
Actually, in the 1913 Pensacola city directory, Minnie was a court reporter — she wasn’t exactly ‘practicing’ law right off the bat in 1913, and she wasn’t working with anyone else:
Eventually, Minnie did have her own practice, as well as a business school (but today we’re talking about her as a lawyer):
I’m glad to see Minnie getting her due recognition, but disappointed in the sloppy data confirmation.
I’m a little surprised that a Bar publication would use sources with unverified information (i.e., Ervin’s statement about Minnie ‘may have been the daughter….’). Not to be a nitpicker, but c’mon; spend more than five minutes to confirm information that others may use in their own research.
Here’s to Minnie Kehoe. A woman of her own making, and definitely, not her father’s daughter.