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Worstell, Lawrence Evert


Lawrence Evert Worstell, who is now serving his third term as probate judge of Shoshone county, has been a resident of Idaho since he was a lad of eleven years. His birth occurred at Jacksonville, Switzerland county, Indiana, on July 18, 1878, his parents being William and Ella (Hitchens) Worstell. His father at the age of fourteen years enlisted in the One hundred and fortieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and went to the front in defense of his country, being discharged with the rank of corporal. Together with his wife and family, William Worstell removed from Indiana to Denver, Colorado, in 1883, and there the mother died in 1886. Three years later with his six children the father came to Idaho, locating in Murray. He was married again in 1889 to Miss Mary Ginn of Murray, Idaho. Mr. Worstell was a capable business man and was successfully identified with the furniture interests of Wallace and Kellogg, Idaho, until his death, on the 30th of December, 1906.

It was in the public schools of Denver, Colorado, that Lawrence Evert Worstell was first introduced to the elements of English learning, his preliminary education being completed in the public schools of Idaho. Having decided to become an attorney, he subsequently entered the Leland Stanford Junior University at Palo Alto, California, from which institution he was awarded the degree of LL. B. with the class of 1903. Returning to Wallace he was admitted to the bar, but resumed his connection with commercial activities by again becoming associated with his father in the furniture business. He continued to be so identified until elected probate judge of Shoshone county, in 1906, since which time he has given his principal attention to the duties of his office. He is still connected with the furniture business, however, as president of The Worstell Furniture Company, of Wallace, and secretary of The Worstell Thornhill Company of Kellogg, Idaho.

On the 8th of November, 1896, Mr. Worstell was united in marriage to Mrs. Alice E. Duffy, of Bessemer, Michigan. Both Mr. and Mrs. Worstell are communicants of the Episcopal church, and fraternally he belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, being affiliated with Wallace Lodge, No. 331. His political allegiance Mr. Worstell gives to the republican party, believing its policy best adapted to subserve the interests of the majority. In addition to his county office since 1909, Mr. Worstell has been a member of the city council. As incumbent of the office of probate judge he has discharged his duties in a manner to meet with the general approval of the public at large, as is attested by the length of his period of service. He is held in high esteem and regard not only in Wallace but in the entire county, where he is widely known and has many friends, the majority of whom have known him since boyhood.

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