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Sarah Platt Decker. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-111458).


Decker, Sarah Sophia Chase Platt (01 October 1855–07 July 1912), clubwoman, suffragist, and community activist, was born in McIndoe Falls, Vermont, the daughter of Edwin Chase, a lumber dealer, paper manufacturer, and Baptist abolitionist known as the “Fighting Deacon,” and Lydia Maria Adams. The family moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts, when Sarah was quite young. She graduated from high school in Holyoke and while still in her teens became active in community work as a trustee of a fund to aid the poor. In 1875 she married a Holyoke merchant, Charles B. Harris....


Trout, Grace Belden Wilbur (18 Mar. 1864–21 Oct. 1955), suffragist, clubwoman and orator, was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Thomas and Anne (Belden) Wilbur. Her father, who could trace his ancestry to before the Revolutionary War, was a lawyer and police magistrate. Her mother attended Alfred Seminary (now Alfred University) in New York before marrying in ...