Wilhelmina D. “Minnie” <I>Yoast</I> Morgan


Wilhelmina D. “Minnie” Yoast Morgan

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 Dec 1910 (aged 67)
Cottonwood Falls, Chase County, Kansas, USA
Burial Cottonwood Falls, Chase County, Kansas, USA
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Daughter of E. S. Yoast and Hannah Rogers Burdge. Married to William Albert Morgan on 21 Mar 1864 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, OH.

Excerpted from article in The Topeka Capital-Journal, 12 July 2002

Cottonwood Falls has the distinction of having a woman mayor in 1889, years before women could vote for state and national offices. She was Wilhelmina D. Morgan. An all-woman city council served with her. Members were: Alice Hunt, Sadie Grisham, Elizabeth Porter, Barbara Gillett and Elizabeth Johnson. Also, Mrs. D. G. Groundwater served as police judge.

KANSAS ELECTIONS, an unknown Chase County Newspaper


Oskaloosa, Kan., April 3 - After a vigorous fight, the female candidates for the city offices won the day by sweeping majorities. At Cottonwood Falls, Kan., the ladies were also triumphant, Mrs. Minnie Morgan being elected Mayor with all the members of the council of her sex. (New Hempshire Patriot, April 11, 1889, page 3)

The Emporia Gazette, 16 Dec 1910, Friday, Page 1, Column 6


Mrs. W. A. Morgan died this morning at 7 o'clock, at the family home in Cottonwood Falls. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Presbyterian Church of that town. The services will be conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Alexander Gilmore.

Mrs. Morgan was born March 2, 1845, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her maiden name was Miss Wilhelmina D. Yost. March 21, 1864, she was married to William A. Morgan, at her home in Cincinnati.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan moved to Cottonwood Falls in February, 1871. The journey from Emporia was made by stage coach, as the Santa Fe had not extended its lines west of Emporia. March 4 of that same year, they established the Chase County Leader and remained its publishers until March 5, 1903--a term of thirty-two years--when the paper was purchased by W. C. Austin, the present editor, who is state printer-elect. Next March the Leader will have reached its 40th anniversary.

Mrs. Morgan has always been prominent in the women's societies and clubs of the state. She was a member of the Topeka Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served as department president of the Women's Relief Corps of Kansas, also as president of the Kansas Women's Press Club. She was president of the Kansas Women's Suffrage Association and the Kansas Women's Republican Association. She was an active member of the W. C. T. U. for years. About 1885, Mrs. Morgan was elected and served one term as mayor of Cottonwood Falls, together with a body of women councilwomen, and did effective work for prohibition. She also was chairman of the executive committee of the Mother Bickerdyke Home at Ellsworth, for soldiers' widows and orphans, in which she was greatly interested. She was an active church member from early girlhood, and a charter member of the Presbyterian Church of Cottonwood Falls, which was organized in 1886. Mrs. Morgan was actively engaged in the work of the Christian Sanitary Commission during the Civil War, and after her marriage was a volunteer nurse in the military hospital in Cincinnati.

During 1901, 1904, and 1907, Mrs. Morgan made extensive visits (continued on Page eight) abroad, visiting England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and all of Europe and parts of Africa and the Azore Islands. She was contemplating a trip to China and Japan, and the islands of the Pacific, when her fatal illness, which began about four years ago, made further travels impossible.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Morgan is survived by her son, W. Y. Morgan, and her daughter, Mrs. Anna Coe, who lives at Cottonwood Falls. She leaves also a sister, Mrs. Buckton, of Cincinnati, Ohio, all of whom were here during her last illness, and at the time of her death.

Both Mrs. Morgan's husband, W. A. Morgan, and her son, W. Y. Morgan, have been prominent in politics and affairs of the state. W. A. Morgan was a member of the Kansas house of representatives in 1879, and a member of the senate from 1893 to 1897. He was commander of the Loyal Legion of Kansas and department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. He enlisted in the Twenty-third Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in September, 1861, and filled the offices of corporal, sergeant, major, second-lieutentant and first lieutenant.

W. Y. Morgan, editor of the Hutchinson News, has ben (sic) representative of Reno county in the legislature for two terms and is well known as the author of "A Journey of a Jayhawker." He began his newspaper career as editor of the Strong City Republican, soon after graduation from the Kansas University. Leaving Strong City, he purchased the Emporia Gazette, then a Populist daily. This he turned into a Republican paper. From Emporia, he went to Hutchinson.

The Emporia Gazette, 16 Dec 1910, Friday


The death in her beautiful home in Cottonwood Falls, of Mrs. W. A. Morgan, removes one of the strong women of Kansas. Mrs. Morgan was a pioneer woman of Kansas who, for over forty years, has done more than her share of civilizing the wilderness. She brought a fine forceful spirit into this state, and never shirked a duty nor a burden. In every good work in her home community, and in the state at large, she has been effective for righteousness. And more--she has found time to make a home for her family, for her husband and children, and has endowed them with the same efficient industry in good works that she enjoyed. In her final sickness the courage that had borne her through a beautifully useful life sustained her in the long days of pain that were her portion. Probably no other woman in all Kansas had so wide an acquaintance and no other woman will be more genuinely missed and universally mourned.

The Emporia Gazette, 19 Dec 1910, Monday


Cottonwood Falls, Kan., Dec. 19--The funeral of Mrs. W. A. Morgan was held here yesterday afternoon. Rev. Alexander Gilmore, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. Morgan was a member, preached the sermon. Many beautiful floral tributes were received from all parts of the state. The six pall-bearers were composed of businessmen of the town and were C. M. Gregory, L. M. Swope, F. V. Alford, M. T. Hildinger, W. F. Rockwood and J. J. Jones. Interment was made in Prairie Grove cemetery.

Among Mrs. Morgan's friends from different parts of the state who were here to attend the funeral were Mrs. Charles Harris, national president of the Women's Relief Corps; Mrs. R. A. Campbell, past department president; Mrs. Emma Hoagland, Mrs. Alice Cochran, Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Linden, officers and members of the W.R.C. from Hutchinson and Peabody; Mrs. A. G. Randolph, Mrs. Marian Nation, Mr. and Mrs. William A. White, Judge F. A. Meckel, L. A. Lowther, Charles Harris, the latter past department commander of the state G.A.R., all from Emporia. From Wichita, Henry J. Allen, J. T. Kirker and Mr. and Mrs. Wit Adare; from Hutchinson, Mrs. W. A. Morgan's son, W. Y. Morgan, and Mrs. Morgan; R. A. Campbell, Fred W. Cooter, C. A. Ryker, H. H. Taylor, C. H. Scott, R. E. Ardery and H. C. Williams, the three latter who are associated with W. Y. Morgan's paper, the Hutchinson News.


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