The New York Mills Library and Otter Tail County Historical Society are hosting a virtual presentation on Women’s Suffrage in Otter Tail County on Oct. 27. The event is one of many that was planned for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The presentation will include women, men and organizations in favor of women gaining the right to vote, according to Otter Tail County Historical Society education coordinator Missy Hermes. The terms suffragists, suffragettes and suffragents were used to mock people in favor of women’s suffrage.

The people in Otter Tail County had “quiet ways” of being involved in the women’s suffrage movement, according to Hermes.

In the process of white women gaining the right to vote, it required men of “good will,” as Hermes said.

Some of the local historical residents discussed will be:

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  • Washington Muzzy of Battle Lake, a Minnesota House of Representatives member who worked early on the suffrage movement. He was elected in 1884.

  • Ole Sageng of Dalton, a Minnesota Legislature who compared the right to vote to taxation without representation. He submitted legislation on suffrage almost every year and is considered the “Father of Minnesota Women's Suffrage.”

  • Linda Burfield of Star Lake.

  • Carolina Cringstad, a Norweigen immigrant.

  • Hannah Kempfer of Erhard, who was the first woman from rural Minnesota elected to the Minnesota Legislature and first woman speaker of the house.

Kempfer has also been added to a new “Votes for Women” online exhibit with the Minnesota State Historical Society as well as their online dictionary mnopedia.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the New York Mills Apostolic church were also two important organizations in the suffrage movement.

More information

What: Women’s Suffrage in Otter Tail County presentation

When: Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: Online; preregister at