Speaker to tell of relative's efforts for women's suffrage

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WALLA WALLA -- Annie Charnley Eveland, a Union-Bulletin copy editor and Etcetera columnist, will speak about her great-grandmother at 7 p.m. Monday at Fort Walla Walla Museum in the Headquarters Conference Room of the new Entry Hall, 755 Myra Road.

It is hosted by the Walla Walla Branch of American Association of University Women, who are observing the centennial of women's suffrage in Washington.

Charnley Eveland's great-grandmother, Francis Cleveland Axtell (1866-1953) helped in the successful 1910 campaign to restore the right to vote to women in the state. The Washington Territorial Supreme Court overturned the law in 1887. Another was passed in 1888, but was also overturned.

A Bellingham resident, Axtell was elected to serve as a state representative from Whatcom County in 1912.

She was the first woman to serve in a federal post after President Woodrow Wilson appointed her to the U.S. Employees Compensation Commission in 1917 in Washington, D.C. She became its president the following year.

Laura Schultz from Fort Walla Walla Museum will follow with a short program about the quilt exhibit.

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