3 results for month: 03/2014


Women’s Suffrage in Washington Has Temporary Victory

[ Posted Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:01:00 ] White women of Washington Territory did win the right to vote in 1883, but the issue remained extremely controversial.  In the next couple of elections the women’s vote was the deciding factor in a number of communities which banned saloons and brothels. During the period when Cheney was the Spokane County seat, Lucy Switzer often served on the petit jury in the district court, and was a jury foreman and secretary on a number of cases.   Switzer took full advantage during the years from 1883 to 1888, when women had the ballot in Washington Territory, voting twice in Territorial electi...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Treasure in a ditch

This charcoal portrait of Marcella Ellison Cook, one of our earliest pioneers, was discovered in a ditch by the side of a road near Deep Creek by a woman named Jill.  The framed portrait caught her eye in among the other dumped items, and she pulled it out and took it home.  Marcella’s name was written in pencil on the back of the drawing, and Jill looked it up on the internet, where she found the Cook family’s connection to Cheney.   We are very grateful to Jill for bringing this to the museum. You can help us preserve items like this by making a small donation to the Cheney Historical Museum.  We are operated ...

Lucy Switzer Temperance Activist

[ Posted Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:00:47 ] A leader in the temperance movement in Washington, Lucy Ann Robbins was born in Lowell, Massachusetts to Jane Bodwell and John Robbins on March 3, 1844. Very little is known about Lucy's family life, other than she had two sisters, Charlotte and Sarah.  An 1892 biography said this about young Lucy Robbins:  ...At age thirteen she took note of remarks such as 'petticoat government of Great Britain' and 'a woman's school' and, turning these matters over in her mind and believing that God gave women brains to use, she reasoned out the question of the entire equality of women socially, ...