SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND WOMEN'S HISTORY
Postcard: "WHY NOT LET MOTHER VOTE?"

Previous Next Women's History Exhibit Page Home Search
Record 13/40
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Image
Enlarge Image
Admin/Biog History 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.
Classification Archives
Collection Sarah James
Dates of Accumulation 1914 - 1914
Abstract Yellow postcard with printed material on front and back; message written on back; postage stamp; and cancelation. This postcard depicts two women standing in front of a voter registration place where bearded hobos are lining up to register. A younger women is saying to an older woman, "And yet we can not vote mother!". The printed message reads, "WHY NOT LET MOTHER VOTE?". The Sarah James collection contains important material related to the Suffrage movement in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the Nation. There are also related artifacts in the collection and photographs in the archives.

CREATOR: Wilder, Ralph

Message: "Mrs. Joseph T. Bowen 1430 Astor St. Chicago is an excellant speaker and one of our most generous millionaires. Better get her soon before she is off to her summer home at Bar Harbor. Get her a great crowd of your fasionable women who need to be awakened. (signed) Catherine Waugh (illegible). To: "Miss Sarah James/98 High St./Oshkosh/Wisconsin"Cancellation" Evanston, ILL/May 13/1914
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG11.14
Object Name Postcard
People James, Sarah
Subjects Suffrage
Suffragists
Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League
Title Postcard: "WHY NOT LET MOTHER VOTE?"
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ~ For access to this image, contact scross@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

NOTICE: This material may be freely used by non-commercial entities for educational and/or research purposes as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation without the permission of The Oshkosh Public Museum. 2005 Oshkosh Public Museum, All Rights Reserved   
Last modified on: December 12, 2009