Sol Hepner, Early Jewish Lawyer & Civic Leader of Helena, Montana

H. Sol Hepner

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H. Sol Hepner was born in 1869 in Tzaritzin, Russia.


Helena Montana

In 1882, Hepner’s father, Barnett Hepner (1838-1908), brought his wife, Bertha (1846-1926), and his three children to Helena, Montana, where he operated a dry goods store.

In 1885, Sol Hepner became the first boy to graduate from Helena High School.


From 1885-1889, Sol Hepner worked for Colonel Broadwater’s Montana National Bank.

He earned enough money to attend the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated in 1891.


Sol Hepner  then worked as a lawyer in Helena – first as a member of several firms, then in his own private practice.

State Capital, Helena Montana, Vintage Postcard


From 1897-1899, Sol Hepner was an elected State Representative.

From 1909-1910, he was the County Prosecuting Attorney and Helena’s City Attorney from 1911-1912.

In 1918, Sol Hepner was appointed to the World War I District Exception Board #1 by President Woodrow Wilson.



Sol Hepner was the Grand Master of the Mason’s Grand Lodge A.T. and A.F. of Montana from 1903-1904.

He served as Patron of the Order of Eastern Star and President of the Algeria Temple of the Mystic Shrine. 

He was a member of Helena Elks Lodge No. 193 and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Josephine Hepner was the Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Montana. 

She was also president of the Montana Children’s Home and the first woman appointed to the Montana Library Board.



Sol Hepner married Josephine Israel (b.1874) in 1899.

They had 2 children: Claire Algeria (b.1900) and Harold Steffan  (1904-1950).


Sol Hepner died in Helena, Montana in 1938.

Josephine Hepner died in 1964.

They are buried at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena, Montana.




Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Sol Hepner Exhibit.

We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.