Biographies of Women’s Suffrage – D

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* Alice Lorraine Daly (1883-1945) [Madison, Lake County] was the chair of the Lake County suffrage association and member of finance/fundraising department of SD Universal Franchise League in 1918.  More in link.

Electa W. Danforth (Yankton) agreed to serve as treasurer of the county suffrage campaign committee, and was described by organizer McMahon in this way: “Mrs. Danforth is wife of the president of the bank (national) and although she has not been here long, is regarded as a leader in many ways”  [McMahon to Pyle, February 27, 1918, RD08013 and RD8014, correspondence 1918-02-19 to 1918-02-28, Pyle papers USD].  Electa was marred to Frederick C. Danforth, and they had lived in Parker through the 1910 census [Pierre Weekly Free Press (SD), July 11, 1912; “Electa Ann Danforth,”; Census records from].

Rena Danforth (Parkston, Hutchinson County) served on the Parkston Woman Suffrage Campaign Committee in 1918 [Winter to Pyle, January 14, 1918, RD07567, correspondence 1918-01, and Winter to Pyle, December 4, 1918, RA12022, Box 4, Correspondence, 1918, December, Pyle papers USD].  She was married to Clyde Nelson Danforth, a merchant in Parkston [WWI Draft Registration,].

Julia A. Daniels (1858-1898) [Milbank, Grant County] was recording secretary of the Grant County Equal Suffrage Association organized in August 1890, and president of the county organization formed in November 1897 [The Herald-Advance (Milbank SD), August 8, 1890, November 12, 1897]. Daniels was also involved with the WCTU, the Methodist Ladies’ Aid, the Eastern Star, and the Women’s Relief Corps [The Herald-Advance (Milbank SD), May 8, 1891, January 22, 1892, February 24, 1893, October 25, 1895, April 3, 1896, April 1, 1898]. Julia Augusta Barlow grew up in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and married physician Charles E. Daniels in 1877. They came to Milbank in 1881 [The Herald-Advance (Milbank SD), November 11, 1898, November 18, 1904; “Julia Augusta Daniels,”].

Mrs. E.A. Davis (Deadwood, Lawrence County) served as secretary of suffrage group in Deadwood in 1898 [Jean McLeod Doughty, “The Suffrage Movement in Lawrence County,” in Some History of Lawrence County (Deadwood: Lawrence County Historical Society, 1981), 655].
I could not find much more about her, but there was a Mrs. C.E. Davis of Deadwood mentioned giving a paper at a Federated Women’s Clubs event in 1897, and there was an Ella A. Davis married to lawyer Charles E. Davis in the 1900 census in Deadwood [Hot Springs Weekly Star (SD), October 8, 1897].

Mrs. John Davis (Huron, Beadle County) served as auditor for the South Dakota Equal Suffrage Association in 1898 [Breeden papers, USD, Box 1, Correspondence 1895 – 1898, 1907, RD06487].

* Emma Smith DeVoe (1848-1927) [Huron, Beadle County] was lecturer and organizer for the SD Equal Suffrage Association (ESA) and assistant state superintendent of the Franchise Department for SD Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1889-1890.  The DeVoe house was considered a headquarters for the 1889-1890 campaign.  More in link.

J.H. DeVoe (1846-1928) [Huron, Beadle County] served on the executive committee in 1889 and as superintendent of music in 1890 for the SD Equal Suffrage Association.  He was also founding president of the Beadle County ESA in 1890.  More in link.

Mrs. M.E. Deits (Roanoke, Faulk County) was secretary of the Roanoke suffrage club [Citing Faulk County Record, Thursday, May 22, 1890, in Faulk County Newspaper Excerpts, SD Genealogy Trails].

William H. Dempster (Madison, Lake County) was an officer of the political equality club in Madison for the 1897-1898 campaign, and he spoke on suffrage multiple times at suffrage and W.C.T.U. events [Madison Daily Leader (SD), May 8, 1897; October 26, 1897; October 28, 1897October 30, 1897; August 24, 1898; October 31, 1898].  Dempster was on the faculty of the Normal School in Madison and involved with the South Dakota Educators’ Association and teachers’ institutes [Kimball Graphic (SD), November 30, 1895Madison Daily Leader (SD), December 30, 1895, November 22, 1901Hot Springs Weekly Star (SD), April 9, 1897; Mitchell Capital (SD), January 30, 1903].

Jennie L. Dennett [Frankfort, Spink County] was named treasurer of the Frankfort Equal Suffrage Association and county organizer for the Spink County ESA formed by Emma Smith DeVoe in March 1890 [Redfield Journal (SD), March 28, 1890 in “Page 28 : Equal Suffrage Convention,” Frankfort Advocate (SD), March 17, 1890 in “Page 28 : County Convention,” “Page 28 : Organizations in Spink County,” and “Page 30 : [news clipping: County appointments of equal suffrage clubs],” Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10]. Dennett was born in about 1857 in Indiana and married to F.C. Dennett [1885 territorial census, via]

Rev. Dickensheet (McLaughlin, Corson County) made local arrangements for Rose Bower’s speaker party [Woman’s West of the River Suffrage Number, Rapid City Daily Journal (SD), October 26, 1914].

* Mary A. Dilger (1865-1945) [Rapid City, Pennington County] served as recording secretary of the SD Universal Franchise League from 1912 to 1914 and the vice-president of the Rapid City franchise league in 1914 [Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, SD), July 26, 1912; Saturday News (Watertown SD), August 1, 1912; Mitchell Capital (SD), August 1, 1912; Pierre Weekly Free Press (SD), July 10, 1913; RD04998, Constitution of the South Dakota Universal Franchise League, Pyle Papers USD; Woman’s West of the River Suffrage Number, Rapid City Daily Journal (SD), October 26, 1914, pg. 1 and 4].  Mary A. Chausse was born in Elk Point, D.T. in 1865, married merchant Charles Matthew Dilger in 1880, and ran a dressmaking parlor in Rapid City [The Black Hills Union and Western Stock Review (Rapid City SD), September 9, 1904; Kingsbury, History of Dakota Territory, vol. 4 (1915), 183-184; “Mary A. Chausse Dilger”].

Mary Dilger
Woman’s West of the River Suffrage Number, Rapid City Daily Journal (SD), October 26, 1914.

Rep. Charles Hall Dillon (Yankton, Yankton County) was listed as a member of the executive committee of the Men’s Equal Suffrage League of Yankton in 1916 [image of stationary from the league in the permanent exhibit at the SD Cultural Heritage Center].  A C.H. Dillon was involved with Republican politics and the state bar association in 1891-1915 [Kingsbury, History of Dakota Territory, vol. 3 (1915), 726, 732, 762, 926-936].  Dillon served in the U.S. House of Representatives for South Dakota from 1913 to 1919, and associate justice of the South Dakota State Supreme Court from 1922 to 1926 [“Charles Hall Dillon,” Wikipedia; “Charles Hall Dillon, 1853-1929,”; Photograph, “C.H. Dillon, S.D.,” Bain News Service, LC-B2- 1368-4, Library of Congress].

Helen Doering (Parkston, Hutchinson County) served on the executive committee of the Parkston Woman Suffrage Campaign Committee [Winter to Pyle, January 14, 1918, RD07567, correspondence 1918-01, and Winter to Pyle, December 4, 1918, RA12022, Box 4, Correspondence, 1918, December, Pyle papers USD].  Doering was also involved with the local Progressive Literary club and married to dentist Edward R. Doering [Mitchell Capital (SD), November 15, 1917; “Helen Doering,”].  Both Helen and Edward had parents who were Germans-from-Russia immigrants [1910 census for Tripp, Hutchinson County].

Carrie E. Dollard (1852-1918) [Scotland, Bon Homme County] served on the legislative committee who advocated for a suffrage amendment at the state capitol in March 1897 [The Woman’s Column 10(12) (March 20, 1897), 3]. In May 1897, Dollard and Celestia Brooks published a call for a county suffrage convention at the Grand Central Hotel in Scotland, and she was involved with singing and oratorical contests at the state suffrage convention in Mitchell in September/October 1897 [The Mitchell Capital (SD), September 24, 1897, Image 1; Image 2; October 1, 1897, Image 1; Image 3; Maxine K. Schuurmans, One Hundred Years of Tyndall: A Centennial History (Tyndall Centennial Committee, 1979), 78].  Dollard was also an active local and state leader of the temperance movement and helped found the public library in Scotland [The Citizen-Republican (Scotland SD), June 23, 1904; December 13, 1906, December 20, 1906].  In a memoriam at her death, Lola Campbell said “Mrs. Dollard stood for temperance, for freedom of the ballot for all, and for advancement along all lines” [The Citizen-Republican (Scotland SD), May 16, 1918].  Carrie Dunn was married to Major Robert Dollard, a Civil War veteran and South Dakota’s first attorney-general [The Citizen-Republican (Scotland SD), May 16, 1918; “Carrie E. Dunn Dollard,”]. Images of their town residence and ranch were published in E. Frank Peterson’s 1904 state atlas, Scotland.

Robert Dollard (1842-1912) [Scotland, Bon Homme County], as state attorney general under Governor Arthur Mellette, gave opinions on the issue of women serving as notary publics and on whether women without school-age children could still vote in the June school elections [Wessington Springs Herald (SD), March 28, 1890; Turner County Herald (Hurley SD), May 8, 1890]. Born in Massachusetts, Dollard served in the Civil War and was promoted several times. He was the husband of Carrie Dunn Dollard (above). They came to Dakota Territory in 1878, and later moved to Santa Monica, California in 1905. In Dakota, they had farm acreage in Douglas County but settled in Scotland and Dollard established a law practice. He participated in the 1883 and 1885 statehood conventions, was state’s attorney for Bon Homme County, was on the territorial legislature, was the first state attorney general in 1889, served in the state legislature, and ran for other offices [“Robert Dollard,” Wikipedia]. Dollard wrote Recollections of the Civil War and Going West to Grow Up with the Country in 1906, and photo in Page 9, Internet Archive Book Images.

Agnes Donahoe (Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County) coordinated a play for the local movement called “How the Vote Was Won” in the summer of 1910; the state bulletin describing the project also said “She takes a leading part herself – is an elocutionist, and thoroughly understands her work” [Page 3, Bulletin – votes for women, c1910, RA08427, Pyle Papers USD].  Donahoe married Frank Smith, but tragically drowned with her husband near Butte, Montana [Madison Daily Leader (SD), July 6, 1915].

Joseph B. Donahue (c1859-) [Fort Pierre, Stanley County] was a featured speaker at the 1895 suffrage convention in Pierre for his support of the suffrage amendment in the S.D. House in 1894 [Sioux City Journal (IA), September 6, 1895; Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, MN), September 18, 1895; Pierre Weekly Free Press (SD), September 19, 1895]. Donahue was an attorney who had worked as a census enumerator, state legislator, land office register in Pierre, and state’s attorney for Stanley County [Sturgis Advertiser (SD), May 29, 1890; Pierre Weekly Free Press (SD), July 20, 1893; Madison Daily Leader (SD), August 14, 1894, August 3, 1897, December 18, 1900, April 16, 1902; Turner County Herald (Hurley SD), November 15, 1894; Union County Courier (Elk Point SD), November 5, 1896]. Donahue was married to Matilda Hobrough in about 1894 (her name from a first marriage) [Black Hills Union (Rapid City SD), February 7, 1902; “Matilda Donahue,”; 1900 census via].

Miss Doolittle [Lake County] was elected president of the Lake County Equal Suffrage Association when it was (re-)organized in November 1897 [Madison Daily Leader (SD), November 12, 1897]. I can’t determine which Doolittle this is… there’s an Emma and a Kate that turn up in the Madison newspaper semi-frequently at the time…

William T. Doolittle (Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County) gave an address at the state suffrage convention in Sioux Falls in November 1909 and served on the finance committee of the Votes for Women Campaign [Sisseton Weekly Standard (SD), November 12, 1909; RD06598, correspondence 1910, Breeden papers USD].  Doolittle was a popular mayor of Sioux Falls [Kingsbury, History of Dakota Territory, vol. 4 (1915), 204].

Catherine E. Dopp (Madison, Lake County) was elected president of the Political Equality club in Madison in May 1897 and presided over the county suffrage convention that November [Madison Daily Leader (SD), May 8, 1897October 23, 1897; October 30, 1897November 12, 1897; December 4, 1897December 18, 1897].  Dopp was head of the Training department faculty at the Normal School in Madison [Madison Daily Leader (SD), June 9, 1896June 9, 1897July 6, 1897].

C.L. Dotson (Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County) was a “guest of the table” at the luncheon reception given for Carrie Chapman Catt in April 1916 and was later that year named on the executive committee of the men’s club for female suffrage [Argus Leader (Sioux Falls SD), April 22, 1916, September 28, 1916].  Charles Lewis Dotson was editor and publisher of the Sioux Falls (Daily) Press, served for a time on the state board of charities and corrections, was president of the Sioux Falls Commercial Club for three years, and supported Progressive Republicans (LaFollette-Roosevelt) [Mitchell Capital (SD), December 6, 1901; Black Hills Union and Western Stock Review (Rapid City SD), February 17, 1911; Madison Daily Leader (SD), March 13, 1912Pierre Weekly Free Press (SD), March 6, 1913; The Herald-Advance (Milbank SD), March 16, 1917; O. W. Coursey, Who’s Who in South Dakota, vol. 2 (1916), 95-101].

Julia Dougherty (1881-1962) [Mt. Vernon, Davison County] served as a county chair for the S.D. Universal Franchise League [Pyle to county chairs, January 28, 1918, RD07614, correspondence 1918-01, Pyle papers USD]. Julia LaFortune had grown up in Hanson County SD and married James Dougherty in 1902 [Mitchell Capital (SD), May 2, 1902; “Juliette Veronica LaFortune Dougherty,”]. She ran for county superintendent of schools in 1904 but lost the election, and was a teacher [Mitchell Capital (SD), October 21, 1904, August 26, 1904, November 25, 1904; 1928 directory and 1930-1940 census via].

Nellie A. Douglass (c1857-1931) [Ft. Pierre, Stanley County] was secretary of the Fort Pierre suffrage club organized by Emma Smith DeVoe in April 1890. In 1895, she was a delegate to annual convention of the SD Equal Rights Association and was one of the leaders of a discussion on “leading questions.” In 1910, she gave an address for the local equality league at the Methodist church in Philip (I think it was her… just as “Mrs. Douglas”) [“Page 30 : [news clipping: Emma Smith DeVoe at Hollenback’s Hall],” and The Dakota Ruralist, May 3, 1890, “Page 34 : Entire Page,” Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10; Sioux City Journal (IA), September 6, 1895; Bad River News (Philip SD), July 28, 1910; Lisa R. Lindell, “‘Awake to all the needs of our day’: Early Women Lawyers in South Dakota,” South Dakota History 42 (3) (Fall 2012), 221].  Douglass was an attorney, admitted to practice before the state supreme court in 1893 [Madison Daily Leader (SD), June 30, 1893; Lindell, “‘Awake to all the needs,” 221].  She also served as county superintendent of schools, superintendent of the hospital in Ft. Pierre, was the Socialist candidate for attorney general in 1912, and was involved in various other local civic organizations [SD Department of Public Instruction, 5th Biennial Report (1902), 20; Mitchell Capital (SD), May 24, 1907; Lindell, “‘Awake to all the needs,” 221].  Nellie Aken had married rancher James N. Douglass in 1880 [Lindell, “‘Awake to all the needs,” 221].

Robert E. Dowdell (1857-1931) [Artesian, Sanborn County / Mitchell, Davison County] was a speaker at the 1914 state suffrage convention in Mitchell and as Progressive party candidate for U.S. Senate seconded a resolution to the Pioneer Association at the 1914 State Fair to endorse suffrage [Forest City Press (SD), September 16, 1914; Lemmon Herald (SD), October 2, 1914; Kingsbury, History of Dakota Territory, vol. 3 (1915), 794].  In the 1917 legislature, as a state senator, he spoke in support of the suffrage amendment [Madison Daily Leader (SD), January 13, 1917]. As one of the owners of Ruskin Park near Artesian, he also gave Pyle and McMahon permission to drop suffrage literature from a plane over the park during the 1918 campaign [“South Dakota’s Citizenship Measure,” The Woman Citizen 3 (July 20, 1918), 158].  Dowdell was an active pioneer of South Dakota who came first to Deadwood in 1877, then over his varied career was a rancher at Whitewood, a homesteader in Sanborn County, a newspaperman, a land agent, in real estate in Mitchell, and state legislator [Who’s Who in South Dakota, vol. 3 (1920), 53 (includes photo)]. Also: Dowdell in South Dakota Hall of Fame, Dowdell on SD Legislative Research Council, “Robert Emmett Dowdell,”

S.U. Downer (Orient, Faulk County) was recorded as the treasurer of the Orient suffrage club [Citing Faulk County Record, Thursday, May 22, 1890, in Faulk County Newspaper Excerpts, SD Genealogy Trails].

Rev. H.H. Dresser (Beadle County) spoke at Beadle County Equal Suffrage Association convention at Kilpatrick hall [The Woman’s Tribune (Boston), March 15, 1890 in “Page 27 : Beadle County Convention,” Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10]. The newspaper reported that he said “that he had long been a believer in equal suffrage.  That a higher Christian education as well as a higher education demanded that the ballot should be granted to woman.” [Huron Times, February 28, 1890.  Page 25, DeVoe Collection, WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10].  Dresser was a Methodist pastor in Huron and Watertown before moving to Duluth, Minnesota [Kimball Graphic (SD), November 4, 1887The Black Hills Union (Rapid City SD), October 23, 1890The Herald-Advance (Milbank SD), October 11, 1895].

Charles H. Dye (1857-1929) [Madison, Lake County] served on the Lake County Equal Suffrage Association’s executive committee and spoke at a ESA meeting at the Methodist church [Mary Kay Jennings, “Lake County Woman Suffrage Campaign in 1890,” South Dakota History (1975), 392, 400].  He also supported his wife, Eva Emery Dye’s, active work in the suffrage movement while they later lived in Oregon [Biography, Eva Emery Dye Papers, 1776-1997. MSS 1089. Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library, Portland OR]. Also: “Charles Henry Dye,”

Eva Emery Dye (1855-1947) [Madison, Lake County] supported suffrage throughout her life.  In an interview with Madison Daily Leader editor F.L. Mease, she “repeated a well-known suffrage rallying cry in her comments, ‘A Disenfranchised class is an oppressed class and until the working woman has a vote her employer will little heed her prayer for living wages.’” [Mary Kay Jennings, “Lake County Woman Suffrage Campaign in 1890,” South Dakota History (1975), 394].  Eva Lucinda Emery attended Oberlin College–supporting herself through school–and married Charles Henry Dye [“Eva Emery Dye,” Wikipedia; [Tracy J. Prince and Zadie Schaffer, Notable Women of Portland (Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2017), 28].  In Madison, Dye worked as a poet and private elocution instructor [Jennings, “Lake County Woman Suffrage,” 394].  The Dyes moved to Oregon in 1890-1891; there she taught and wrote books of Western history [Madison Daily Leader (SD), April 7, 1891; Eva Emery Dye Papers, 1776-1997. MSS 1089. Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library, Portland OR; “Eva Emery Dye,” Wikipedia].  She was critical in erecting a statue to Sacajawea at the time of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition during the 1905 National American Woman’s Suffrage Association convention in Portland [“Eva Emery Dye,” Wikipedia].
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Eva Lucinda Emery Dye,”

Eva Emery Dye, Wikimedia Commons.