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Susan Brownell Anthony




Massachusetts born Susan B. Anthony was an earlyadvocate of giving the women the vote, and in l869 had organized the NationalWoman' s Suffrage Association. Then set out stumping the country for the case. InMarch of 1879 she had a scheduled lecture at the Powers Opera House in GrandRapids, and at some point of her stay in the state was approached by Mrs. TamaraPhillips Moore, the wife of Horace Moore, an early saw mill owner, who askedMiss Anthony to come to Saugatuck. The event was announced in the February 28,1879 issue of the Lake Shore Commercial. (See inside) .


She stayed at the Moore home, near theriver, now the Park House B& B. The talk was originally scheduled forMorrison's Hall, at the south end of Butler Street, but was moved to the newlybuilt Odd Fellow's hall, at the southwest corner of Mason and Butler laterFlint's, now occupied by Kilwin's. Accounts of the speech praise her delivery,but are noncommittal about the contents.


In Saugatuck there was a real attempt at cracking downon saloons - for a while. Susan B. Anthony died in 1906 at the age of 86without seeing her dream come true. The vote was finally extended to women,nationwide, with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.