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Abraham Lincoln meeting Grace Bedell Posted 4/12/17

Dancing in the Rain posted 1-31-17

Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

Fiorello LaGuardia posted Oct 4, 2016

The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

The Church of the Locked Door posted 8-6-16

Coach Lou Little posted 7-3-16

Temple Grandin: The woman who helped make the world a kinder, gentler place posted 6-6-16

The Better Angels of Our Nature posted 4-28-2016

William Allen White Posted 3/3/16

There Was a Beaver Once posted 2/5/16

Swaddling clothes.... Posted 12/28/15

The Santa Claus of the Plains Posted 12-2-15

Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben posted 2/28/15

Illustration for the Newspaper in Education Story, In the Shadow of Evil. Artist: Julie Peterson-Shea .... blog posted 2/1/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: My Birthplace, Libby, Montana April 28,2009 post

Title: Kathleen Sebelius - Ron and I with Kansas Governor Sebelius, now Health and Human Services Secretary May 12, 2009 post

Title: My friend, Angela - A descendant of slaves who settled Niccodemus, Kansas April 10, 2009 post (photo by Carol Yoho)

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

Blog Archives are located below row of pictures on the left. Date of each blog is listed below the picture that corresponds with the story.

Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell Billings

April 12, 2017

Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Grace Bedell, Delphos, Kansas, Women suffrage, Camron Wright, Susanna M. Salter, The Orphan Keeper, The Rent Collector, Newspapers in Education

My latest Newspaper in Education Story, A long Journey Home, a 16 chapter story set during the Civil War, is presenting running in the following Kansas newspapers: Hays Daily News, Salina Journal, Garden City Telegram, Hutchinson News, and the Ottawa Herald. The story began on March 28 and features two chapters a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
While researching the story I ran across some interesting bits of history. First of all, with Mr. Trump’s assertion that illegal aliens voted, thus creating voter fraud, and kept him from winning the popular vote, it might be a bit of healing balm to his sense of self worth, if he knew, that just like him, our now beloved Abraham Lincoln did not win the popular vote, but did, of course win the electoral vote. It wasn’t folks voting illegally, but the South’s dislike of him for treading on their rights to keep slaves, buying and selling them like any other commodity, that lost Lincoln the popular vote. (I wonder if women could have voted, if it would have made any difference.)
Speaking of Lincoln and the fact that women couldn’t vote in those days, one little girl may have influenced the election, for the electoral votes also involve the human equation. That little girl was Grace Bedell Billings. She grew up in New York State, but after her marriage to a Union veteran, moved to Delphos, Kansas.
Bob Mortimer, a former resident of the small town of Delphos, knew Grace Bedell Billings when he was a boy. Featured in the Salina Journal, a Salina, Kansas newspaper, shortly before his death in 2014, he told about how he and his pals loved to visit this lady they knew as Mrs. Billings. “There were two parrots in town,” he said. “One had a potty mouth and our parents made visits to that bird strictly off limits. The other parrot belonged to Mrs. Billings. That bird didn’t swear, and could do tricks. Mrs. Billings also gave us cookies.” Much later, Bob learned that Mrs. Billings was once an 11 -year-old girl, named Grace Bedell, who at that time lived in Westfield, NY. That year, she decided Abraham Lincoln would likely garner more votes if he grew a beard, and so she wrote and told him so. He took her advice and even stopped to visit her on his way to Washington for the inauguration. She makes in her letter two interesting assertions: My father is going to vote for you and if I was (were) a man, I’d vote for you too. And this: All ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.
“If I were a man” Actually quite shameful the years it took for women to get full suffrage, and shameful too, the way our sisters were treated who worked so hard and suffered so much at the hand of men and society for us to finally get the vote. Also the word “tease” The ladies would tease their men… A shame that they had no voice and many may have adopted the teasing voice of a child to persuade a husband, a father, a brother, a son since she had no voice herself in the choice of the men whose authority impacted her life as well as the men’s.
Kansas granted women the right to vote in 1912, and in 1920, all states granted women the right to vote in all elections. For more on women’s suffrage see my blog of December 2010. Scroll down, past the pictures and dates of the blogs to the archives on the left and click on the date. Unfortunately, the pictures corresponding to the dates do not accompany the blog post. Susanna M. Salter, who held an office before she could vote, is the photo that corresponds with the December 2010 blog.
I just finished reading the Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright. It is fiction but based on the true story of a boy in India kidnapped away from his family and adopted by an American family who were told he was an orphan. Wright is also the author of the Rent Collector an excellent book, one of my very favorites.


  1. April 12, 2017 9:55 PM EDT
    Interesting info here, Eunie. of course, the states like Wyoming,that did give women the vote early on, did so for political reasons--one party or another figured the women were on their side and that would clinch the election for them.
    As I was reading this, the one thing playing in the back of my mind was that Trump and Lincoln were of the same party. Guess times have changed.
    - Andrea Downing
  2. April 12, 2017 10:10 PM EDT
    Yes, I did know Wyoming was the first to give women the vote and should have mentioned it. It did run through my mind at the time. Yep! Old Abe and The Donald were of the same party. I can't imagine any two more different individuals.
    - Eunice Boeve
  3. April 13, 2017 11:31 AM EDT
    Interesting piece. Recently I've read some things about Lincoln that were a bit of a surprise. He wasn't quite as "honest" as he's touted as being. Politics always involves some form of subterfuge, I suppose, that even rubs off on "the best." No one, especially one who goes into politics, can come out without some tarnish on his/her halo.
    - Linda S.
  4. April 13, 2017 12:54 PM EDT
    I agree that subterfuge and politics seem to go hand in hand. For a while, Lincoln appeared to think it was okay for the South to keep slaves, but not to let the institution of slavery become a part of the northern culture and folks called him a fence-sitter. But, who knows what he really thought and perhaps it was a bit of subterfuge with a long range goal in mind. Yes, our politicians are all too human, many self-serving. In my opinion we ought to have term limits on everyone in Congress, just as we do for the president. Not so sure about life-time Supreme Court Justices, either.
    - Eunice Boeve