|We formed, and rather quickly,
because there was local interest, which grew out of a car
pool..........Three of us were driving into Keizer for meetings, about
20 miles away. Now that we have a local chapter, we hope to continue to
attract members from many of the small towns and communities surrounding
Stayton. We currently have members who live in Aumsville, Beaverton,
Corvallis, Oregon City, Stayton,
Silverton, Sublimity and Turner.
Because she was a remarkable woman, born well ahead of her time, we chose to honor author, editor, entrepreneur and suffragist, Abigail Scott Duniway, by naming our chapter for her.
Jane Scott traveled over the
arriving in the
long months spent writing the trail diary had ignited something in the
young woman. In spite of being swamped with household duties, farm
chores, and the never-ending responsibilities of being a wife and mother
of three preschoolers, she needed more. She needed to write. So, write
she did. Abigail Scott Duniway, as she eventually signed her work,
submitted numerous poems and articles to local newspapers. In 1857 she
wrote the first novel to be commercially published in
1871, Abigail established her own newspaper, the New Northwest. Its
motto was “Free Speech, Free Press, Free People.” Abigail was the
family breadwinner now. Ben had been disabled in an accident, but he was
able to perform many household duties for her, becoming a prototype Mr.
Mom. Abigail had great marketing skill. She promoted women’s rights,
but was canny enough to recognize that the paper had to appeal to many
people in order to keep circulation in the black, so she featured
cliff-hanger serialized stories that she herself authored, along with
what could be considered a forerunner of the Dear Abby advice column,
something similar to Heloise’s household tips, and commentaries on
current events. To stimulate circulation, she hired people to sell
subscriptions, and she rewarded them with tiered levels of prizes –
something we still see today.
suffrage became her cause. She lobbied across the states of
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