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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Lotta_Hetler_James.jpgLotta Hetler James (1876 - March 18, 1945) was a public speaker, active in all civic, church and community projects, and former candidate to Governor of California.

Lotta Hetler was born in 1876 in Chicago, Illinois. [1]

Lotta Hetler James was a teacher at Elgin Academy for 8 years. [1]

She was president of the Art Study Club in Elgin, Illinois, for 4 years, and of the Hanford Woman's Club. She was the first president of the Kings County Federation of Clubs, president of the San Joaquin district federation and then from 1936 to 1938 president of the California Federation of Women's Club. [1] [2] [3]

She was chairman of the Child Welfare Resolution Committee of the State Federation Women's Clubs. [1] [3]

She was a charter member and chairman of the Education and Membership committees of Elgin, Illinois of the Young Men's Christian Association. [1]

She was a member of the Hanford Woman's Club Coterie, the Hanford Presbyterian Church and the Hanford Business and Professional Women's Club. [1] [3]

In 1937 she ran for Governor of California: the California Federation of Women's Club, of which she was the outgoing president, during the annual convention in Quincy, California, launched her candidation. Dr. Louise May Richter, one of her sponsors, said: "We need a woman as State executive and Mrs. James has such good common sense, I am sure she would be an excellent governor. California never has had a woman governor. After watching the performances of some of the man, I think it is time to put a woman in office." [4]

Lotta Hetler James lived in Elgin, Illinois and then moved to California in 1913 and lived at 421 W. Elm Street, Hanford, California. [1]

Lotta Hetler married Wilber Delno James (1875-1929). They had two sons: Austin H. James and Lieutenant Richard D. James. After she was a widow, she made home with her lifelong friend Olive Lester, a fellow officer at the Business and Professional Women's Club, at 415 North Douty Street. [1] [3]

She died on March 18, 1945 and is buried with her husband at Hanford Cemetery, Hanford, California. [1] [3] [5] As perpetual memorial to her name the Hanford Women's Club provided a subscription to the Reader's Digest Braille edition to be kept in the California Home for Blind. [6]


  1. Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. p. 56. Retrieved 8 August 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. "Sunday, November 24, 1935". Oakland Tribune. 1935. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. "Sunday, March 18, 1945". The Fresno Bee The Republican. 1945. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. "Thursday, May 27, 1937". Plumas Independent. 1937. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. "Wednesday, March 21, 1945". The Fresno Bee The Republican. 1945. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. "Friday, July 6, 1945". The Fresno Bee The Republican. 1945. Retrieved 18 August 2017.