By the 1930’s, they
had moved their practices to Washington and Sixth streets.
Current Google Maps view of the area.
“Most people who are
accused are innocent,” was the famous quote said by Erma
Templeton, which ended up giving her some social recognition
once it was the front page headline of the State Journal
Register when they did an article on her.
The year was unknown
when she began practicing as well as where she received her
schooling. Templeton practiced in Sangamon County until 1955
when her husband passed away. She also is known for founding the
Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club.
She died in 1974 at the age of 95.
original copy of her license was found in a dusty old shed in
Pana, Illinois by a maintenance worker at Pana High School.
There is no record of how the license got there because she
never lived in Pana. The license was one of the first items in
the Pana History Museum, but then later was given to the
granddaughter of Erma and James. Today the license is framed on
the wall next to her husband’s license in the office of Thomas
“Casey” Hunt, the great-grandson of Erma and James in