Document 25: Caroline Nichols Churchill, “Suffrage Enthusiasm: Western Women Wild With Joy Over Colorado’s Election,” The Queen Bee, 15 (29 November 1893), p. 1.

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       Caroline Nichols Churchill (1833-1926) expressed the widespread enthusiasm over the victory for woman suffrage in Colorado in her newspaper The Queen Bee in the following article.

 

SUFFRAGE ENTHUSIASM.
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Western Women Wild
With Joy Over Colorado’s
Election

       Among the telegrams of congratulations received by the Colorado Equal Suffrage association the first was from the Kansas equal suffragists in convention at Holton. . . . The Iowa Woman’s Suffrage association in convention at Webster City, wired enthusiastic congratulations. . .ending with the words, “the I.W.S.A. is proud to add a second star to its flag.” Anna H. Shaw and Rachel Foster Avery telegraphed congratulations for the National Woman Suffragist association to Mrs. H.S. Stansbury[A]. The Texas Equal Rights association from its headquarters at Galveston wired “Texas congratulations to Colorado: next Kansas and then on to Texas. . . .”

       Mary Smith Haywood, president of the Nebraska Suffrage association, writes from Chadron: “Such enthusiasm you never saw as among the women here. We are going to celebrate your victory next week. 1893 has been a memorable year. It has gained more for the suffrage cause than all the years preceeding.” The Nebraska association, through its enthusiastic president, was the first and almost the only one to remember the women of Colorado in their struggle, sending the state association a contribution when money was as hard to get there as in Colorado. They sent words of hope and encouragement when Eastern suffragists had only discouraging prophecies to offer. Colorado women will not forget these things when their turn comes to help their sisters in Nebraska.

       The Woman’s Journal, Lucy Stone’s great suffrage organ in its last issue received in Denver yesterday bears the telegram from Miss Helen M. Reynolds[B] announcing Colorado’s majority at the head of its editorial column. As the news arrived just as the paper went to press, it could not devote much space to the news, but manages to state the Mrs. Chapman had labored here for the last six weeks through devotion to the cause without any compensation. The women at the suffrage headquarters smiled when they read it, remembering Mrs. Chapman’s words, “Colorado, poor as she is, is the first state that has paid me for my services for one year past.” Mrs. Chapman would not accept her salary until the last days before election, when she saw that it would not be demanded, but she went away with it in her pocket.

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A.Stansbury was Ellis Meredith’s married name.
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B. Helen M. Reynolds, sister of Minnie J. Reynolds, was corresponding secretary for the Colorado Equal Suffrage Association.
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