Susan B. Anthony made three trips to Oregon to promote suffrage in 1871, 1896, and 1905. In the late summer of 1871, after spending several weeks lecturing in California with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony accepted an invitation from Abigail Scott Duniway for Stanton or Anthony to come to Oregon and help launch a Pacific Northwest campaign for woman suffrage. This series of diary entries opens on August 7, with Anthony at the Grand Hotel, San Francisco, moves through Anthony’s unpleasant sea voyage to Oregon on the steamship Idaho, where she “staggered” to the deck, dressed “in calico wrapper,” and marks her arrival on August 31, in Portland, where she was greeted by Duniway, the “pleasant faced” editor of The New Northwest. With Duniway as manager for her lecture tour and Portland as her base, Anthony first traveled up the east side of the Willamette Valley to Salem, Oregon; went by steamboat and stagecoach to The Dalles, Oregon, and Walla Walla, Washington Territory; returned to the Willamette Valley to visit communities west of the Willamette River and camp out at the Oregon State Fair in Salem; traveled north to Puget Sound, Washington Territory, and visited Victoria, B.C., before returning to Portland. With the help of women such as Duniway and Dr. Mary Anna Cooke Thompson, Anthony organized the Multnomah County Woman Suffrage Association at Portland’s Oro Fino Hall. She left Portland on November 17 for Oregon City and traveled overland to California, speaking along the way to audiences south of Albany, Oregon. On November 27, Anthony reached Yreka, and this series of entries ends December 1, with Anthony at Chico, California.
by Jean M. Ward