Suffrage – Victor

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Anna May Kelly Boughton

(1852-1929), spouse George W. Boughton, 1 child

 Husband was school tax collector, worked in F.E. Cobb Drug Store

 Active member of the Universalist Church

Mary Alverson Brace

(1846-1930) spouse Romeyn W. Brace, 2 children

 Born in Perry

 Member of Universalist Church

 Charter member of Unity Club, Eastern Star, was artistic and made banners for various clubs

Frances Goodnow Cobb

(1862-1922), spouse Frank E. Cobb, no children

 Sister of Alice Goodnow – fellow suffragist

 Husband owned Cobb Drug Store

 Member of Universalist Church, active in its groups

 Matron of Eastern Star in 1917

Alice Dubois Deal

(1872-1956), spouse Asa Deal, no children

 Born in Addison

 Graduated from Geneseo Normal School, became a teacher in Victor

Active in musical groups, clubs, etc. in Victor, also known in East Bloomfield and Allens Hill
 Organist at Methodist Church for 50 years
 Member of Unity Club and WCTU

Mary Lucy Draper

(1866-1952), remained single
 Born in Victor, parents were Dr. James F. Draper and Mary Ball Draper, several physicians in family
 Active member of Presbyterian Church
 Active member in Unity Club, Eastern Star

Alice Goodnow

(1864-1934), remained single
 Member of Universalist Church
 Sister and brother-in-law were M/M Frank E. Cobb – also suffrage supporters

Anna McCarthy Higinbotham

(1861-1942), spouse Fred Higinbotham, 2 children, 2 step-children
 Active member of Unity Club
 Albany delegate for State Federation of Women’s Clubs meeting
 Involved in public health and welfare
 Active in Red Cross in WWI

Margaret (Maggie) Cline Hill

(1864-1931), spouse Willis G. Hill, 2 children

 Born in Victor, husband factory foreman at Locke/Victor Insulators, farmer

 Member of Universalist Church, VP of Ladies Aid group

Frances Harris Smith

(1876-1958), spouse Carl D. Smith, no children

 Born in Warsaw

 Was a newspaper woman for 40 years – began with Perry Record, was first woman in NYS to own and operate her own newspaper – Wyoming Record

 After marriage, with husband jointly published and edited Victor Herald, as well as Clifton Springs Press, and Ontario County Times

 Was treasurer for Universalist Church, district chairman of 7th District NYS Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Victor Library, and other groups

Margaret Van Voorhis Smith

(1877-1965), spouse Oscar Smith, at least one child

 Lived entire life in Victor

 Was a schoolteacher and librarian

Helen Freeborn Thornton

(1862-1922), spouse George Thornton, one child

 Originally from Allegany County

 Husband owned hardware store, later general store in Victor

 Member of Unity Club, other local organizations

Harriet Woods Webster

(1870-1959), spouse Milo F. Webster, 12 children (all lived to adulthood)

 Husband was graduate of Cornell, farmer and successful fire insurance agent

 Founder of Victor Parent-Teachers Association

 At Unity Club meeting 1912 “the Club in common with the spirit of the times will hold a debate the general subject of which will be benefits of the extension of suffrage to the women of New York State. Social Science leader, Mrs. Milo Webster will undertake to pilot the craft over the tempestuous sea of diverse opinion.”

Sarah Hall Bonesteele

(1873-1957), spouse Frank Bonesteele, no children

 Originally from Massachusetts, entered MIT as one of first females accepted there

 Was a tutor for Helen Keller

 Was speaker on politics at Victor Equal Suffrage Association

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