"Suffragists Name Central Committee," Oregon Journal, March 09, 1912, 2.

 

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SUFFRAGISTS NAME CENTRAL COMMITTEE

At a meeting of the State Equal Suffrage association held yesterday afternoon behind closed doors at the headquarters of the College Equal Suffrage club in the Selling building, a state central committee was decided upon, the appointments being made by Mrs. Abagail Scott Dunway. This committee will carry on the general suffrage campaign work throughout the state. Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe presided at the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, several pertinent matters upon which the women do not agree having been threshed out.

The committees appointed are as follows:

Representing state association – Miss Elma Buckman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, The Dalles, Or.; Mrs. Imogene Bath, Hillsboro, Or.

Representing Men’s Equal Suffrage league – W. M. Davis, Rev. Albert Ehrgott, C. W. Fulton.

Representing Portland Equal Suffrage league – Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Mrs. J. A. Foullhoux, Miss Frances Wilson.

Representing committee from Portland Woman’s club – Mrs. Caroline Dunlap, Mrs. F. Eggert, Mrs. A.C. Newill.

Representing College Equal Suffrage league – Dr. Marie Equi, Miss Emma Wold, Mrs. L. W. Therkelsen.

Officers, central committee – Chairman, Rev. Albert Ehrgott, assistant chairman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, The Dalles, Or.; secretary, Mrs. H.R. Reynolds; treasurer, Mrs. Henry W. Coe.

National representative – Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe.

Finance committee – Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Dr. Florence Manion.

Literature committee – Mrs. Paul A. Trulinger. Miss Emma Wold, Miss Blanche Wren.

Ways and means committee – Dr. Flora A. Cassidy, Miss Caroline H. Hepburn, Mrs. C. B. Woodruff.

The executive committee is composed of the chairman and one member from each of the associations represented also one member from each of the committee including the national representative. The committee is as follows: Rev. Albert Ehrgott, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, Mrs. H. R. Reynolds, Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, Mrs. Arthur C. Newill, W. M. Davis, Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Mrs. Caroline Dunlap, Mr. Marie Equi, Miss E. Buckman, Mrs. Louise B. Trulinger, Dr. Flora A. Cassidy.

As lecturers and organizers for the state Mrs. Duniway has made overtures to Mrs. Sarah E. Commerford, Mrs. Sarah Ehrgott and Rev. Albert Ehrgott.


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"Suffrage Leaders’ Session Stormy Part 2," Oregonian, March 09, 1912, 4.

 

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SUFFRAGE LEADERS’ SESSION STORMY

Meeting Behind Closed Doors Becomes Decidedly Warm Between Two Factions.

STORM BREWING A WEEK

Alleged Discourtesy to Mrs. Duniway Results in Charges and Counter-Charges ¬¬¬¬¬—    Committees Appointed by “Mother of Votes.”

Serious troubles, which have been gaining momentum daily for over a week in equal suffrage circles, assumed the form of a near row yesterday afternoon at a meeting of the State Equal Suffrage Association, held at the headquarters of the College Equal Suffrage Club in the Selling building.

Behind closed doors the meeting raged for an hour or more. Denunciation, it is declared, was general between factions which have been in a state of contention for a week, and a state central committee is declared to have been appointed without the consent of some of the members of the organization.

The store among the women’s organization began last Saturday, when presidents of all the women’s clubs were called together by Mrs. Sarah Evans, chairman of the Woman’s Club campaign committee and asked to appoint an advisory committee.

It is declared by members of the Woman’s Club that the presidents of all the organizations in the city attended the meeting and named a committee comprising three members of each organization, with W. M. Davis, of the Men’s Equal Suffrage Club, as chairman. The committee was to take up the general fight of votes for women. It was declared that among others present was one person representing Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway, president of the State Equal Suffrage Club and the mother of “Votes for Women” in Oregon.

Dr. Marie Equi Protests.

After the committee had been appointed, Dr. Marie Equi is said to have protested against the committee on the ground that it was not official, inasmuch as it was not called by Mrs. Duniway. Working on that belief, Dr. Equi is said to have secured from Mrs. Dunway the announcement of the meeting which was held yesterday afternoon. Woman’s Club campaign committee members declare that some of the directors of the state association were not notified of the meeting, while other were. Those who had not been notified are said to have learned of the meeting and went to see that nothing was done that did not meet with their approval.

When the women met in the Selling building a lively controversy is said to have set in. There was a dispute first as to what the meeting was, it being declared that it could not be a meeting of the state association, inasmuch as all the directors had not been notified. Dr. Equi attacked the legality of the advisory committee and made some denouncements, it is said. When it became apparent that there was much dissension, it is declared the meeting adjourned and a second meeting was held, at which a complete list of persons named by Mrs. Duniway as comprising the state central committee was indorsed. The legality of this committee is in dispute, it being contention of some that the names were voted upon after the regular meeting had adjourned.

Action Termed Discourtesy.

It is contended by Dr. Equi that the appointment of a committee at the meeting last Saturday is a discourtesy to Mrs. Duniway, who had led the equal suffrage fight in Oregon and other parts of the Northwest for 40 years and who is at present president of the state association.

It is declared by those on the other side that no discourtesy is intended and that the committee or none of the organizations wish to see Mrs. Duniway lose any of the glory for the fight. No one seems able to explain why the opposition has arisen to the appointment by Mrs. Dunway of a state central committee nor why there is opposition to the advisory committee, which it is declared would not work against the central committee.

Most of the leaders of the suffrage cause remained silent last night. Others declared that all was peaceable and other admitted there was friction. Still others begged to be excused from making any comment.

Committee Appointed.

Following is the committee appointed by Mrs. Duniway:

Representing state association —Miss Elma Buckman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, The Dalles, Or.: Mrs. Imogene Bath, Hillsboro, Or.

Representing Men’s Equal Suffrage League—W. M. Davis, Rev. Albert Ehrgott, C. W. Fulton.

Representing Portland Equal Suffrage League— Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Mrs. J. A. Foullhoux, Miss Frances Wilson.

Representing committee from Portland Woman’s Club—Mrs. Caroline Duniap, Mrs. F. Eggert, Mrs. A. C. Newill

Representing College Equal Suffrage League—Dr. Marie Equi, Miss Emma Wold, Mrs. L. W. Therkelsen.

Officers, central committee—Chairman, Rev. Albert Ehrgott, assistant chairman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, The Dalles, Or.; secretary, Mrs. H. R. Reynolds; treasurer, Mrs. Henry W. Coe.

Finance committee—Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Dr. Florence Manion.

Literature committee—Mrs. Paul A. Trullinger, Miss Emma Wold, Miss Bianche Wren.

Ways and means committee—Dr. Flora A. Cassidy, Miss Caroline H. Hepburn, Mrs. C. B. Woodruff.

The executive committee is composed of the chairman and one member from each of the associations represented, also one member from each of the committee including the National representative. The committee is as follows:  Rev. Albert Ehrgott, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, Mrs. H. R. Reynolds, Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, Mrs. Arthur C. Newill, W. M. Davis, Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Mrs. Caroline Dunlap, Dr. Marie Equi, Miss E. Buckman, Mrs. Louise B. Trulinger, Dr. Flora A. Cassidy.

As lecturers and organizers for the state Mrs. Duniway has made overtures to Mrs. Sarah E. Commerford, Mrs. Sarah Ehrgott and Rev. Albert Ehrgott.

The advisory committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon at 1 o’clock at Olds, Wortman & King’s. What will happen remains to be seen.


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"Suffrage Leaders’ Session Stormy Part 1," Oregonian, March 09, 1912, 4.

 

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SUFFRAGE LEADERS’ SESSION STORMY

Meeting Behind Closed Doors Becomes Decidedly Warm Between Two Factions.

STORM BREWING A WEEK

Alleged Discourtesy to Mrs. Duniway Results in Charges and Counter-Charges ¬¬¬¬¬—    Committees Appointed by “Mother of Votes.”

Serious troubles, which have been gaining momentum daily for over a week in equal suffrage circles, assumed the form of a near row yesterday afternoon at a meeting of the State Equal Suffrage Association, held at the headquarters of the College Equal Suffrage Club in the Selling building.

Behind closed doors the meeting raged for an hour or more. Denunciation, it is declared, was general between factions which have been in a state of contention for a week, and a state central committee is declared to have been appointed without the consent of some of the members of the organization.

The store among the women’s organization began last Saturday, when presidents of all the women’s clubs were called together by Mrs. Sarah Evans, chairman of the Woman’s Club campaign committee and asked to appoint an advisory committee.

It is declared by members of the Woman’s Club that the presidents of all the organizations in the city attended the meeting and named a committee comprising three members of each organization, with W. M. Davis, of the Men’s Equal Suffrage Club, as chairman. The committee was to take up the general fight of votes for women. It was declared that among others present was one person representing Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway, president of the State Equal Suffrage Club and the mother of “Votes for Women” in Oregon.

Dr. Marie Equi Protests.

After the committee had been appointed, Dr. Marie Equi is said to have protested against the committee on the ground that it was not official, inasmuch as it was not called by Mrs. Duniway. Working on that belief, Dr. Equi is said to have secured from Mrs. Dunway the announcement of the meeting which was held yesterday afternoon. Woman’s Club campaign committee members declare that some of the directors of the state association were not notified of the meeting, while other were. Those who had not been notified are said to have learned of the meeting and went to see that nothing was done that did not meet with their approval.

When the women met in the Selling building a lively controversy is said to have set in. There was a dispute first as to what the meeting was, it being declared that it could not be a meeting of the state association, inasmuch as all the directors had not been notified. Dr. Equi attacked the legality of the advisory committee and made some denouncements, it is said. When it became apparent that there was much dissension, it is declared the meeting adjourned and a second meeting was held, at which a complete list of persons named by Mrs. Duniway as comprising the state central committee was indorsed. The legality of this committee is in dispute, it being contention of some that the names were voted upon after the regular meeting had adjourned.

Action Termed Discourtesy.

It is contended by Dr. Equi that the appointment of a committee at the meeting last Saturday is a discourtesy to Mrs. Duniway, who had led the equal suffrage fight in Oregon and other parts of the Northwest for 40 years and who is at present president of the state association.

It is declared by those on the other side that no discourtesy is intended and that the committee or none of the organizations wish to see Mrs. Duniway lose any of the glory for the fight. No one seems able to explain why the opposition has arisen to the appointment by Mrs. Dunway of a state central committee nor why there is opposition to the advisory committee, which it is declared would not work against the central committee.

Most of the leaders of the suffrage cause remained silent last night. Others declared that all was peaceable and other admitted there was friction. Still others begged to be excused from making any comment.

Committee Appointed.

Following is the committee appointed by Mrs. Duniway:

Representing state association —Miss Elma Buckman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, The Dalles, Or.: Mrs. Imogene Bath, Hillsboro, Or.

Representing Men’s Equal Suffrage League—W. M. Davis, Rev. Albert Ehrgott, C. W. Fulton.

Representing Portland Equal Suffrage League— Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Mrs. J. A. Foullhoux, Miss Frances Wilson.

Representing committee from Portland Woman’s Club—Mrs. Caroline Duniap, Mrs. F. Eggert, Mrs. A. C. Newill

Representing College Equal Suffrage League—Dr. Marie Equi, Miss Emma Wold, Mrs. L. W. Therkelsen.

Officers, central committee—Chairman, Rev. Albert Ehrgott, assistant chairman, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, The Dalles, Or.; secretary, Mrs. H. R. Reynolds; treasurer, Mrs. Henry W. Coe.

Finance committee—Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Dr. Florence Manion.

Literature committee—Mrs. Paul A. Trullinger, Miss Emma Wold, Miss Bianche Wren.

Ways and means committee—Dr. Flora A. Cassidy, Miss Caroline H. Hepburn, Mrs. C. B. Woodruff.

The executive committee is composed of the chairman and one member from each of the associations represented, also one member from each of the committee including the National representative. The committee is as follows:  Rev. Albert Ehrgott, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, Mrs. H. R. Reynolds, Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, Mrs. Arthur C. Newill, W. M. Davis, Mrs. Solomon Hirsch, Mrs. Caroline Dunlap, Dr. Marie Equi, Miss E. Buckman, Mrs. Louise B. Trulinger, Dr. Flora A. Cassidy.

As lecturers and organizers for the state Mrs. Duniway has made overtures to Mrs. Sarah E. Commerford, Mrs. Sarah Ehrgott and Rev. Albert Ehrgott.

The advisory committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon at 1 o’clock at Olds, Wortman & King’s. What will happen remains to be seen.


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"Suffrage Women Clash Part 2," Oregonian, March 06, 1912, 4.

 

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SUFFRAGE WOMEN CLASH

ASSOCIATION DECLINES TO AFFILIATE WITH LEAGUE.

Exception Is Taken to Manner of Forming Advisory Committee of Societies.

Taking exception to the manner in which the equal suffrage advisory committee, nominally composed of the five principal equal suffrage societies in the city, was formed last Saturday, intimating that the obvious purpose was to break away from the old state organization and its head, Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway, speakers yesterday afternoon, at a meeting of the National College Equal Suffrage Association recently formed here, urged that the association decline for the present to affiliate with the league and after a spirited debate carried their point. The meeting was held in the Y.W.C.A.

The friction came after Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, president of the association, who had attended the conference at which the joint committee was formed, had announced to the meeting the action taken, and asked the association to ratify it. She explained that the joint committee was formed merely for the purpose of conference. The purpose was to have delegations of three from each of the five societies involved, that they might meet and compare notes, and work with greater unity. None of the members of the committee, she said, would have any executive or legislative power and were to report to their respective organizations after each conference. Mrs. Coe said that she felt the purpose was one with which no suffrage worker could be out of harmony, and asked the association to name its delegates to the committee and ratify its formation.

This was immediately objected to by Dr. Marie D. Equi, who said that while she favored its intents and objects she did not approve of the manner in which the equal suffrage advisory committee was formed. “The call,” she said, “did not come from the proper source. The forum of the Woman’s Club, from which it emanated, is not even an organization. The invitation should properly have come from Mrs. Duniway on behalf of the State Equal Suffrage league, and with that as the hub and center we should have rallied around it. And yet the forum workers had the audacity to come out and attempt to form an organization that would practically leave out Mrs. Duniway and trick her into the bargain. It would be just Teddy Roosevelt trying to cut Taft out. It we are going to get into a central committee let us get into the right one.”

Mrs. A. C. Newell, who represented Mrs. Duniway at the conference Saturday, was present at the meeting yesterday, and while she agreed that Mrs. Duniway believed the call for the central committee had come from the wrong quarter, she was satisfied with the result and had agreed to appoint the delegation of three to represent the state league in the committee. Despite statements from others that any ill judgment in issuing the call should be overlooked and the plan ratified, Dr. Equi insisted that the Committees should not be recognized, “If Mrs. Duniway agreed, she agreed under stress,” she said, “and it isn’t the right thing to do.”

Mrs. M. L. T. Hidden, president of the State Women’s Press Club, argued for recognition of the committee. “Consider that you, as organizations, have the right to act,” she said, “You are exercising your own independent rights, and would do so whether the call had come from the old state organization or the forum, so don’t let us wrangle over that little point. After all there is no necessity for the call to have come from Mrs. Duniway or from any other quarter so long as it was issued.”

After the motion was made to send a delegation to represent the association on the committee, it was decided to send a committee of three to represent the association at the conference meeting next Saturday only, that the committee might not be altogether ignored, pending further action. Dr. Equi, Miss Emma Wold and Mrs. C. Edward Grelle were appointed for this purpose.


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"Suffrage Women Clash Part 1," Oregonian, March 06, 1912, 4.

 

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SUFFRAGE WOMEN CLASH

ASSOCIATION DECLINES TO AFFILIATE WITH LEAGUE.

Exception Is Taken to Manner of Forming Advisory Committee of Societies.

Taking exception to the manner in which the equal suffrage advisory committee, nominally composed of the five principal equal suffrage societies in the city, was formed last Saturday, intimating that the obvious purpose was to break away from the old state organization and its head, Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway, speakers yesterday afternoon, at a meeting of the National College Equal Suffrage Association recently formed here, urged that the association decline for the present to affiliate with the league and after a spirited debate carried their point. The meeting was held in the Y.W.C.A.

The friction came after Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, president of the association, who had attended the conference at which the joint committee was formed, had announced to the meeting the action taken, and asked the association to ratify it. She explained that the joint committee was formed merely for the purpose of conference. The purpose was to have delegations of three from each of the five societies involved, that they might meet and compare notes, and work with greater unity. None of the members of the committee, she said, would have any executive or legislative power and were to report to their respective organizations after each conference. Mrs. Coe said that she felt the purpose was one with which no suffrage worker could be out of harmony, and asked the association to name its delegates to the committee and ratify its formation.

This was immediately objected to by Dr. Marie D. Equi, who said that while she favored its intents and objects she did not approve of the manner in which the equal suffrage advisory committee was formed. “The call,” she said, “did not come from the proper source. The forum of the Woman’s Club, from which it emanated, is not even an organization. The invitation should properly have come from Mrs. Duniway on behalf of the State Equal Suffrage league, and with that as the hub and center we should have rallied around it. And yet the forum workers had the audacity to come out and attempt to form an organization that would practically leave out Mrs. Duniway and trick her into the bargain. It would be just Teddy Roosevelt trying to cut Taft out. It we are going to get into a central committee let us get into the right one.”

Mrs. A. C. Newell, who represented Mrs. Duniway at the conference Saturday, was present at the meeting yesterday, and while she agreed that Mrs. Duniway believed the call for the central committee had come from the wrong quarter, she was satisfied with the result and had agreed to appoint the delegation of three to represent the state league in the committee. Despite statements from others that any ill judgment in issuing the call should be overlooked and the plan ratified, Dr. Equi insisted that the Committees should not be recognized, “If Mrs. Duniway agreed, she agreed under stress,” she said, “and it isn’t the right thing to do.”

Mrs. M. L. T. Hidden, president of the State Women’s Press Club, argued for recognition of the committee. “Consider that you, as organizations, have the right to act,” she said, “You are exercising your own independent rights, and would do so whether the call had come from the old state organization or the forum, so don’t let us wrangle over that little point. After all there is no necessity for the call to have come from Mrs. Duniway or from any other quarter so long as it was issued.”

After the motion was made to send a delegation to represent the association on the committee, it was decided to send a committee of three to represent the association at the conference meeting next Saturday only, that the committee might not be altogether ignored, pending further action. Dr. Equi, Miss Emma Wold and Mrs. C. Edward Grelle were appointed for this purpose.


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