Madora Salter began her 15 minutes (actually a full year) of fame
on this day in 1887, when she was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas--the
first woman to hold that office in any town in the United States. An active member
of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, a wife and mother of four,
the 27-year-old Dora was placed on the ballot without her knowledge
in the hopes that an embarrassing defeat might weaken the WCTU, but
instead of losing the election, she won by a two-thirds majority.
Read the whole story here.
And in honor of Susanna, an excerpt from a poem by George W. Young:
The word must be spoken that bids you depart,
Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Isidore (patron saint of computer technicians; computer users; computers; the Internet; schoolchildren; students), Saint Agathopus and Saint Theodulus, Saint Tigernach, Saint Plato, and Saint Benedict the Black.