SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND WOMEN'S HISTORY
Fourth of July Float: Oshkosh Equal Suffrage league

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Collection Sarah James
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Description Photograph on Postcard of the Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League Float
Year Range from 1912
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1912
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 2753
Notes Photograph depicts members of the Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League in their 4th of July float made up with a sail boat. Banners read: "Votes for Women" and "We are Rudderless, We Need The Ballot". Identified in the picture are: Lilian Clark; Bernice Mocke; Helen West; Gertrude Hull; Josephine Van Slyke; Hester Lancaster; Katherine Forward; Jennie Robinson; and Maria Hilton.
Sarah S. James was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin circa 1862, the daughter of Ebenezer James, a pioneer lumberman, manufactuer, and merchant. She grew up in a household with five sisters and at least one brother at 98 High Street. Sarah graduated from the Oshkosh Normal School in 1882 and also graduated from the Teacher's College of Columbia University in New York City. By 1884 she was teaching in Oshkosh High School and would continue to until 1911 when she retired to devote her full attention to the suffrage movement. She helped organize and became the president of the Equal Suffrage League of Oshkosh. Her offices were located at Room "I" in the Cook's Block on the corner of Main and Algoma. She also held meetings in her home. Sarah was also the recording secretary for the Political Equality League of Wisconsin and served as an officer alongside with Rose Swart (Oshkosh Normal School) and Jessie Jack Hooper (wife of Oshkosh Attorney Ben Hooper). Sarah helped organize local events, speaking engagements, and letter campaigns. She went to the Republican National Convention in Chicago to picket in 1920 and Washington D.C. Sarah spent the rest of her life at her home on High street living with two other maiden sisters. In February 1939, she fell walking home from downtown and broke her hip. She died at mercy Hospital on February 14, 1939.
Object ID P2000.32.1
Object Name Postcard, Photographic
People James, Sarah
Clark, Lilian
Mocke, Bernice
West, Helen
Hull, Gertrude
Van Slyke, Josephine
Lancaster, Hester
Forward, Katherine
Robinson, Jennie
Hilton, Maria
Place Oshkosh
Print size 3.5" x 5.5"
Subjects Parades & processions
Floats (Parades)
Suffrage
Suffragists
Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League
Title Fourth of July Float: Oshkosh Equal Suffrage league
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