Argonia Things to Do
In early 1887, several Argonia men nominated a 27 year old officer in the Women's Christian Temperance Union for mayor of their city, as a joke. Several weeks prior to the election, Kansas women gained the right to vote in city elections, and Susanna Madora Salter received two-thirds of the vote, thereby becoming the first woman mayor in the United States. Her term in office was no joke, however. Susanna was not a stranger to politics, as her father had been Argonia's first mayor, and her father-in-law was a former Kansas lieutenant governor. She did not seek re-election when her successful term ended.
The Salter home, pictured here, is now a museum. I don't know when it is open to the public, so call ahead to find out.Related to:
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Sitting next door to the Salter House is this old church building, apparently not in use. The sign above the door reads "First Baptist Church" and contains two dates, 1883 and 1924. From the looks of the siding this church might have been built in 1883, but is possible that the Baptists may have built their first church in 1883 and this building in 1924.
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