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Admin/Biog History Part of the Sarah James collection which 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.{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 1911 - 1920
Abstract Bookmark with printed red and blue US flags around border and blue printed slogans, "The most patriotic service you can render your country this day is to resolve to help win VOTES FOR WOMEN".
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Notes EXHIBIT HISTORY: computer interactive for Communities, 5/1998
Object ID RG11.28
Object Name Bookmark
People James, Sarah
Subjects Suffrage
Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League
Title Woman's Suffrage Bookmark
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