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The 1960s: New attorneys and a new office

The 1960s saw those attorneys who had joined during the 1950s become Partners. During this time four new attorneys joined the Firm as well: William “Bill” Murray, Harold Anderson, Curtis Schmidt, and C.B. Thames, whom everyone called Tim. The Firm also relocated to the First Federal Bank building on 4th Street and Rosser where today stands American Bank Center.

Bill Murray served his country in the military for several years and spent time overseas during various wars. Murray also established the 309th Army Reserve Band in North Dakota. He practiced with his father, J.K. Murray, and served as assistant attorney general prior to joining the Firm. He left the Firm when he was appointed to the North Dakota Supreme court.

Harold Anderson enlisted in the military and fought in World War II. He entered law school upon coming home and had his own partnership prior to joining the Firm. He went on to open a practice with his daughter, the late Sonna Anderson.

Curtis Schmidt joined the Firm directly out of law school and practiced for a number of years before moving to a law firm in the Minneapolis, MN area. He also served as a municipal judge in Bismarck during his time with the Firm.

C.B. “Tim” Thames began his career as a geologist before reading the law under W.K. Austin. He was a municipal judge in Bismarck in addition to practicing with the Firm. He eventually went back to a career in geology with Keldon Oil Co. as an exploration manager coupling his geology and law careers.