Ester Varela: El Paso’s First Women Justice of the Peace.

In 1940 Ester Welch Varela was elected the first woman Justice of the Peace in El Paso County, defeating the long-time incumbent, T.H. Apodaca. Varela was reelected in 1942 and retired in 1944. Varela was born in Oklahoma.

Joseph Longo
EPHS Curator

Since 1954 the El Paso County Historical Society has been a driving force in the historic scene of El Paso. EPCHS strives to foster research into the history of the El Paso area; acquire and make available to the public historic materials; publish and encourage historical writing pertaining to the area; and to develop public consciousness of our rich heritage.