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Jennie E. Nash (1842-1937) [Canton, Lincoln County] hosted local suffrage association meetings and events in 1890 and 1898, including a “sunflower social,” and in 1910 was elected president of the local club [Dakota Farmers’ Leader (Canton SD), September 5, 1890, January 28, 1898, April 22, 1898, and January 28, 1910]. Jennie Eliza Williston was born in Wisconsin, and married Union soldier Newman C. Nash in June 1865. They came to homestead in Dakota Territory in 1871 and settled in Canton in 1876, where her husband edited the Sioux Valley News. Jennie Nash was active in Canton society as well as having leadership roles in the Congregational church Ladies Aid, the Old Settlers’ Association, the W.C.T.U., the Eastern Star, the Rebekahs, the Women’s Relief Corps, and the C.C. Club (women’s club). N.C. passed away in 1905. Jennie moved to Dillon MT to live with her daughter Nina, sometime between 1915 and 1920 [For instance: Press and Daily Dakotaian (Yankton SD), January 22, 1881; Canton Advocate (SD), August 21, 1884, November 10, 1887; Dakota Farmers’ Leader (Canton SD), July 15, 1892, November 25, 1892, January 12, 1894, July 2, 1897, July 23, 1897, May 19, 1899, September 9, 1904, January 27, 1905, February 10, 1905, May 19, 1905, January 12, 1906, June 1, 1906, May 24, 1907, November 4, 1910, November 18, 1910, September 17, 1915; Mitchell Capital (SD), June 18, 1897; Forest City Press (SD), June 28, 1906; 1880-1930 census, via Ancestry.com; “Jennie Eliza Williston Nash,” Findagrave.com].

Nina M. Nash (1866-1930) [Elk Point, Union County] gave one of the talks at the Union County equal suffrage convention in October 1897, on “Does the Professional Woman Need It?” [Union County Courier (Elk Point SD), October 14, 1897]. Nina May Nash was born in Wisconsin and came to Dakota Territory in 1871 with her family. She graduated from Canton schools, high school in Janesville WI, Normal School in Madison SD, and the teacher’s college at Columbia University NYC. Nina was also involved with the Good Templars and the Young W.C.T.U. She was licensed to teach in 1882 (before going on to high school finishing), and taught in Canton in the 1880s and mid-1890s. In 1892-1894, she taught in Puyallup WA, and in 1896-1902 was hired to teach in the high school in Elk Point. In 1903, she was hired to teach and direct the ‘model school’ at the Northern Normal & Industrial School in Aberdeen (her brother George W. Nash became its president in 1905). In 1909, she served as secretary of the S.D.E.A. In 1910, she took a position teaching at the normal school in Dillon MT. Later in life, she moved to Portland OR where she lived with her mother and sister [Press and Daily Dakotaian (Yankton SD), December 21, 1881; Canton Advocate (SD), May 4, 1882, July 26, 1883, November 6, 1884, April 14, 1887, September 15, 1887, November 24, 1887; Dakota Farmers’ Leader (Canton SD), June 11, 1891, February 5, 1892, May 25, 1894, August 31, 1894, December 7, 1900, June 27, 1902; Union County Courier (Elk Point SD), July 16, 1896; Aberdeen Democrat (SD), June 26, 1903, March 3, 1905; The Industrial Normal Exponent [NSU] (May 1, 1905), 21; (October 1, 1909), 18; (May 1, 1911), 25; (May 1, 1912), 10; (September 25, 1930), 1; 1880-1930 census via Ancestry.com; “Nina May Nash,” Findagrave.com].

Nina M. Nash, “The Purpose and Advantages of a Model School,” The Industrial-Normal Exponent 2(4) (February 1904), 1-3.

The Industrial Normal Exponent [NSU] (May 1, 1905), 21