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1st Women In History on Council

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Logan County, Oklahoma


© Guthrie Register-News
Thursday, April 7, 1955

Submitted by: Bob Chada

Two Guthrie women this week became the first in history ever elected to the city council, Ruth Patterson and Sarah Bethel, both polled enough votes to displace members of the council seeking re-election.
Also elected was Henry Rice, local grocer.
Miss Patterson polled 1,368 votes to lead the field of candidates. Rice was fifth with 1,233 and Miss Bethel was sixth with 1,266.
Another custom likely to be shattered is election of a woman mayor when the new council meets to re-organize the first week in May. Practice has usually been for the council to elect as mayor the person polling the largest number of votes, although it is not necessary to do so.
Four present council members were re-elected for two years terms. They are Preston Walker, 1,357, Willard Scurlock, 1,316; Paul L. Parker, 1,248, and W. P. Downing, 1,108.
In the school board election, Dick Fogarty and George Wilson were each elected to new six-year terms.
Defeated in the race for school board members were Orville Brown and Mrs. Elton LeHew.
In the council race, unsuccessful candidates were Curtis Dolph, George Stroud, Kearney Smith, Jimmy Lockwood, Howard Allison, Orus Chappell and Sylvester Reid, jr., listed in the order they placed.
At the same time a state-wide election for a constitutional amendment providing for school financing was more than three to one in favor of the amendment.
Logan county voters favored the amendment about two to one, with many precincts turning in votes against the amendment. Official figures showed 2,425 in favor to 1,278 against the amendment.

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