Our museum is transformed into a “Suffrage Headquarters” where you will be informed about the highlights of the suffrage movement and the life and times of the major leaders. Did you know about our own local Suffragists, women who lived nearby and who were active in the fight for the vote? Also, you will discover the travelling speakers who made event stops here in Sebastopol, such as the Women’s Suffrage Public Meeting at Janssen’s Hall.
We hope you will enjoy the many authentic suffrage artifacts we have on display and books related to the topic, such as, “Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait!” by Tina Cassidy. You might want one of our political pins, announcing your support for the movement or even a pin to stand against the vote! And, of course, we have tee shirts available in our gift shop printed with the phrase, “A woman’s place is in the polling booth.” We hope our reopening happens soon and you can plan on an in-person visit to the gallery and the gift shop! Here is the link to view the living exhibit: “Suffrage Headquarters.” Museum is open Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. t0 2 p.m.
THANK A SUFFRAGIST
VISIT A CEMETERY
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting American women the right to vote (women’s suffrage), was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. Were any of your ancestors or family members involved—female or male? There were hundreds of organizations and clubs who publicly supported the movement. If they belonged to one of these, they are considered participants. These are a few of our local organizations whose members were noted.
I.O.G.T. – INDEPENDENT ORDER OF GOOD TEMPLARS was composed of male and females of all ages. The Good Templar is a faith-based society that promoted abstinence from alcohol. The Good Templar’s worked closely with the WCTU, often attending the same functions. At one of these meetings (1896), they are quoted saying, “ We, as Good Templar’s, endorse the amendment of the constitution to be voted on this fall, giving women the right of suffrage, and call on all Good Templar’s to do all in their power to help carry the said amendment.
WCTU – WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION was an organized group of Christian women from various churches. During and before the Suffrage Movement their main purpose and interest was prohibition. They quickly learned that in order to change laws they needed the vote to govern the control of abusive substances. The WCTU was a well-organized, greatly populated, and well-informed organization in the Suffrage Movement.
WRC – WOMAN’S RELIEF CORP, is a women’s society dedicated to the memory of Union soldiers in the American Civil War. As early as 1896, women’s groups were joining together to support the Suffrage Movement, and in 1906 Susan B. Anthony pointed out that the National Council of Women and the Women’s Relief Corp are two of the women’s organizations that understand the leadership roles obtainable for women.
THE GRANGE has always held women at the same worth as men and publicly resolved that the State Grange goes on record as favoring the granting of suffrage to women. Susan B. Anthony stated that she could always recognize a “Grange woman as far off as she could see her, because of her air of feeling herself as good as a man.”
WIC – WOMEN’S IMPROVEMENT CLUBS, The woman’s club movement was a social movement that took place throughout the United States. Women’s clubs helped start many initiatives such as kindergartens and juvenile court systems. Later, women’s clubs tackled issues like women’s suffrage, lynching, and family planning.
NATIVE DAUGHTERS officially declared themselves in favor of the ballot for women in 1907. They felt that a woman should gain her actual right and noted being deprived of recognition as voting citizens by a government that had already recognized them as taxable citizens
REPUBLICAN CONVENTION – in 1896 the Sonoma County Republican Convention was held in Sebastopol at Janssen’s Hall where nominations for local positions were taking place. During the meeting, a large group of women entered and Mrs. Helen Hurlbut was escorted to the podium where she encouraged the Republican Party to put the Suffrage issue on their plank. Her talk was greeted with cheers.
The following people were some of the listed members of these organizations in West County. Thanks to the many days and hours of researching, Gale Brownell has located and noted the plot location gps coordinates for each person on the list. Gale became personally connected to these families and was driven to find their locations for others to cherish. Gale is no stranger to helping the City of Sebastopol. Serving more than nine years on the Sebastopol Task Force, she brought her expertise on housing issues. Her research information has been entered into the Find A Grave website making the information available to everyone.
To locate details on a person on the following list, go to the Find A Grave website. Here is the link for the Sebastopol Cemetery. Other links; those noted with a G Green Valley Cemetery and for those noted with an F Forestview Cemetery. Once a person is found, click on the suffrage poppy flower to read about their affiliations and then note the gps coordinates to find their plot.
ALEXANDER, Lucy BEESON, Emma
BORBA, Gertrude (Wyllie) CHRISTIE, John C.
CHURCHMAN, Harriete G COVERT, George W.
COX, Ellen CRAWFORD, Frances E.
CUNNINGHAM, Charles DABNEY, Lloyd Lester
DABNEY, Clarence E. F FELLERS, Minnie
FINNEL, Eliza Ellen GAILLARD, Amanda
GRAHAM, Elsie HAMBLETON, Frances
HARMER, Mary Effie HARMON, Delia
HARRISON, Alice V. HARRISON, George R.
HICKS, Lucy Elizabeth HOTLE, Mary (Dickson)
HURLBUT, Helen JANSSEN, Adelaide
LAPPUM, Harriet JOBE, Zelena June (Dabney)
LITCHFIELD, Elizabeth LUNCEFORD, Mary E.
LYNCH, Grace (Tripp) MEEKS, Maude E.
MILLER, Edith (Palmer) MILLER, Clarence A.
MILLER, George Raymond MONROE, Nancy
MOSS, Ida NEALE, Esther
NELSON, Etta M. (Miller) NORTON, Margaret (Borba)
OSBORN, Flora Ivy (Harrison) PALMER, Martha E.
PARKS, Mae ROBINSON, Mae Hattie
SCHELL, Viola SCUDDER, Eva (Berry)
SHELLEY, William N. SHELLEY, Evalena
SHELLEY, Charles Henry SHELLEY, John Leland
SHELLEY, Nancy SHOWALTER, Charlotte
SHOWALTER, Harriett (Jenks) SINCLAIR, Mary D.
SPARKS, Martha Irma (Litchfield) STEDMAN, Gertrude (Christie)
TOMLINSON, Philester Mae WATSON, Helen, (Dibble)
WEEKS, Ida Mae WHELLER, Maude (Churchman) G
WILLIAMS, William C. WREN, Annie L.
Disclaimer: While we have tried to include every person involved in the suffrage movement in the West County, we hope you understand that there are thousands of people who attended meetings who were not mentioned in the newspaper clippings. The efforts of those unnamed faces are not to be forgotten as those who contributed to the success of the Votes For Women campaign. Prepared by Mary Paul Dodgion, Suffrage Curator, and Gale Brownell, Sebastopol Cemetery Plot researcher.