Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Adele Ida Storck

(ca. 1874-1960)
Illinois & Indiana

"A native of Kassel, Germany, Adele Ida Storck was born about 1874, the daughter of Albert and Bertha Limper Storck. When she was eight years old she moved with her parents to Odell, Ill., where her father operated a hardware business. She was graduated from the University of Chicago and received a law degree from the Benjamin Harrison Law School. Miss Storck moved to Indianapolis in 1900 where she taught in the public schools. She was admitted to the bar in 1921, was the first woman admitted to the Indianapolis Bar Assn., and was credited with establishing the first female law firm (Storck & Mason) in the United States. She died in Indianapolis on Aug. 26, 1960." [Donald E. Thompson, Indiana Authors and Their Books 1967-1980 375 (Crawfordsville, Indiana: Wabash College, 1981)] [Note: The Benjamin Harrison Law School became associated with Indiana University-Indianapolis in 1944.]

Storck, according to Christian Park Books, an Alabama bookseller, began writing poetry in high school, graduated from DePauw University, and was awarded a prize by the Blackstone Institute at Indiana University for her law thesis, and served as a three term Deputy Prosecutor for Marion County (Indianapolis).


Adele Storck, Flag Makers ([n.p.], 1925)

__________, Broken Chords (New York: Vantage Press, 1952)

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Early Women Lawyers