Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Seneca Settlers


The Nemaha County Historical Society recently received a generous donation of Scrafford family items. Included in the collection is a large photo of Nancy Hayes Scrafford. According to the inscription on the photo, Mrs. Scrafford made history as she was the first woman to cast a ballot after women received the right to vote in municipal elections. (Note: We are assuming this to be the first woman in Seneca to vote.)


According to the article on "Women's Suffrage," by the Kansas State Historical Society, this vote was likely cast in 1887. (https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/women-s-suffrage/14524)

Also included in the family items was the funeral program for Charles E. Scafford. 


Several family letters were also included in the collection along with copies of teaching certificates.