Reverend M. Barker

The Reverend Moses Barker (1829-1911) of Huron was a Baptist minister and had been Prohibition Alliance president in North Dakota before the Barkers moved to Huron [The Union Signal, 12/19/1889, “Page 66,” Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10; “Rev Moses Barker,” Find-a-grave.com]. 

Rev. M. Barker was one of the speakers at the Woman’s Day coordinated by Emma Smith DeVoe for the Beadle County fair in November 1889 [“Page 09 : South Dakota — Equal Suffrage Work,” “Page 09 : [news clipping: “Woman’s Day”],” Dakota Farmer (Huron SD), November 1889, “Page 66 : Entire Page,” and “Page 67 : Entire Page.” Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10].

His position as an influential clergyman was considered an asset to the movement [Daily Plainsman (Huron, SD), April 8, 1890]. He was one of the signatories on a call for a state suffrage convention in Huron put out on October 9, 1889 [Page 06 : The Convention Called, Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10, Primarily Washington].  At the convention on October 21, he was elected secretary of the new South Dakota Equal Suffrage Association (ESA), a salaried position, “and will give his entire time to the work” [Wessington Springs Herald (SD), October 25, 1889; The Daily Plainsman (Huron SD), November 19, 1889; Wittmayer, “The 1889-1890 Woman Suffrage Campaign,” 205; State financial statement, The Dakota Ruralist August 16, 1890, Page 57: Emma Smith DeVoe 1880-1890 collection, WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10].

In February 1890, he was one of the speakers at the Beadle County suffrage convention at Kilpatrick GAR Hall in Huron [Huron Times (SD), February 28, 1890 in “Page 25 : Beadle County Equal Suffrage Convention,” and The Woman’s Tribune (Boston), March 15, 1890 in “Page 27 : Beadle County Convention,” DeVoe Collection, WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10].

“Rev. M. Barker, the general secretary, is a well known clergyman of this state and has had wide experience in handling great moral questions and gives to this work his entire time and energies. He finds it no difficult task to wheel into line the intelligent, level headed and right hearted clergy of the state.”
[Daily Plainsman (Huron, SD), April 8, 1890]

In July 1890, Rev. Barker and S.A. Ramsey put out a call to local suffrage associations to hold Fourth of July events to promote the suffrage campaign [Wessington Springs Herald (SD), June 13, 1890; Black Hills Union (Rapid City SD), June 27, 1890; “Page 048 : Printed Letter to Presidents of County Equal Suffrage Associations,” Emma Smith DeVoe collection, WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 9].

Later that month, he resigned his state office with the South Dakota Equal Suffrage Association under protest at the convention in Huron [The Dakota Ruralist, July 19, 1890, “Page 44 : Entire Page,” Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10].

Rev. Barker was also active in the temperance movement [The Union Signal, 12/19/1889, Page 66, Emma Smith DeVoe: 1880-1890 (Scrapbook D), WSL Manuscripts, MS 171, Box 10; Wessington Springs Herald (SD), November 15, 1889; The Daily Plainsman (Huron SD), December 21, 1891].