Letter: Lee gave nation a first

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To the editor:

Hello Berkshire County! In my research on Carrie Clyde Holly, I discovered a connection between Colorado and Berkshire County. In 1895, Frances S. Klock became a member of the Colorado House of Representatives — one of the first three women ever to be elected to a state legislature in the history of the United States (the other two were Holly and Clara Cressingham).

She was born and grew up in Lee. Here she is in her own words: "I was born in the town of Lee, Berkshire County, Mass. My father, Nelson Kraik, of Mohawk Valley German stock, moved to Fon(d) Du Lac, Wis., when I was about 16, and all the education I received in schools was in the Massachusetts Academy of my native town." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 3, 1895)

Lee is part of Colorado's and the nation's suffrage stories. As you prepare to celebrate the centennial of woman's suffrage in the nation (27 years later than Colorado), I thought you might like to know that one of your own daughters was a mover and a shaker.

Professor Judy Gaughan,

Pueblo, Colo.

The writer is an associate professor of history at Colorado State University-Pueblo and represents the Women Suffrage Centennial, Southern Colorado.

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