The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 27, 2013

Famous Clinton Lawyers



Several families had more than one lawyer in them: the Hollerans, Purcells, Carstensens, Delaneys, Halbachs, Pillers, Wolfes, Paschals, and the Suttons. One recalls the

toughness of some of the older attorneys. Jack Delaney was quite sick and in the hospital in the early ‘60’s, but he still had the gumption to put his overcoat on over his pajamas and go down to Virt Hansen’s and buy one last drink, saying, “Have a drink on me. --- It’ll be the last one you’ll ever get!” …. He died just a few days later.


Prentice Shaw was graduated in 1933, as a chemist, but he couldn’t earn more than 25

cents per hour during the Depression. So he was hired at the alcohol plant in Clinton, and then worked for DuPont’s. He later became a lawyer and served as such in the Second World War. In the first court martial that he ever witnessed, he was one of the lawyers! After that, he returned to Clinton to work on some very interesting things, like the North Bridge. (Another time, we will tell the story of the North Bridge and those who contributed: Myron Weil, Paul Holleran, Mark Morris, Prentice Shaw -- and three Clinton Banks!)


Other well-known Clinton lawyers of the era were Glenn Cousins; Emmett Maloney; Judge Wm. McCullough; W.J. Keefe (’94); J.E. Purcell (’08); John McCarthy; Alan Mayer;

Ernest Miller (’93); our town’s first female lawyer, Margaret Kolarik (’25); and John Carlson who was a teacher and coach before finishing his law degree.

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