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Suffrage Love Story

Suffrage Love Story: CUPID REINFORCES THE SUFFRAGE ARMY read the headline in a New York City newspaper the day after Christmas. The buzz started Christmas morning that Griffith Bonner had proposed to suffrage hiker Gladys Coursen, although both denied it. Griffith had been courting Gladys for several years. When she became a suffragist he organized a Men’s League. When she joined the hikers in Poughkeepsie, he joined too, as did another suitor Pelton Cannon. Pelton mistakenly tried to persuade Gladys to drop out: Griffith hiked on. The fact that Gladys and Griffith had gotten engaged Christmas morning in Hudson, NY, was confirmed when Gladys appeared with a huge bunch of violets that Griffith had had shipped from New York City and his college pin was spotted in between the ruffles of her dress.

Today, 12/27 in 1912, General Jones and the Suffrage Army plodded 14 miles through “Slush and Mud in a Heavy Storm” and spent the night in Niverville, NY. HEAVY SNOW FAILS TO DAUNT WOMEN ON ALBANY MARCH read the front-page headline in a Bisbee, Arizona, newspaper. Their destination tomorrow is—Albany! The Vote: Women’s Fierce Fight  is available in paperback and eBook

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