In an election year like this, I'm sure I'm not the only person who gets sick of hearing politicians talk. It's hard for me to decide who to believe. But it's important to remember that the right for me to decide and have my decision count at the polls was a battle that had to be fought by others before me. The following article from May 6, 1921 was just less than 9 months after the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26th, which gave women - for the first time - the right to vote. Did the additional number of voters create a need for precinct changes?
Included in this article on voting precinct changes in Marion County are many women, some are Mattingly relatives. Mrs. "Lettie" (should be Lottie) Mattingly was 42 years old when she would have been allowed at the polls for the first time. This Cora Spalding may either have been the wife of Mark (but why is it not "Mark and his wife" like the other husbands and wives listed) or it may have been his sister, Annie Cora Spalding. Other sisters of Mark were Edith Spalding, Stella Spalding and Mrs. Susie Ford. They were all in their 30's and 40's. These women may have either helped get Warren G. Harding elected President, or were disappointed that James M. Cox did not. But they were among the first women in the family who had the chance to vote.
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Lebanon Enterprise, Friday, May 6, 1921
Notice!Of change in voting precincts Nos. 11, 12 and 13, Marion County, Ky. Marion County Court, May term, 2nd day of May, 1921.
In the matter of making changes in voting precincts Nos. 11, 12 and 13 of Marion County, Kentucky -
Came Sam J. Thomas and six other residents and voters of voting precinct No. 13 of Marion County, Kentucky and produced their petition; also came Bert Spalding and thirteen other residents and voters of voting precinct No. 13 of said county and produced their petition; also came Lee Browning and seven other residents and voters of voting precinct No. 13 of said county and produced their petition, all of which petitions were ordered to be filed. And it appearing to the Court that public convenience requires a change in voting precincts Nos. 11, 12 and 13 of Marion County; it is now ordered and adjudged that the boundaries of said precincts Nos. 11 and 13 be, and the same are hereby changed, so that the following boundary shall be excluded from said precinct No. 13 and added to Lebanon precinct No. 11, namely: Beginning at Joe Storms' line at foot of Fogle's Hill, thence in a straight line to top of Reservoir Knob, thence with said Knob in a Westerly direction to A. O. Wayne's farm, included, thence with line of said Wayne to Bern Jarboe's farm, included, thence to point of beginning and it is further ordered and adjudged that the following citizens shall be voters in said precinct No. 11, namely; Miss Mary Mills, Bernard Thomas and his wife, Mary Thomas, Burke Abell and his wife, Nancy Abell, Sam J. Thomas and his wife, Maud Thomas.
As is further adjudged that voting precincts No. 12 and 13 be changed so that the following boundary shall be excluded from said precinct No. 13 and added to said Calvary voting precinct No. 12, said boundary being as follows: Beginning at the south of Cloyd's Creek where same empties into the Rolling Fork River, thence down said river to the farms of Lake Bland and John Brock (John Brock excluded) thence South with the line of said John Brock to Joe Brady, excluded, thence with Brady's line and Lafe Bland's line to Mrs. Robert Buckman, included, thence with her line to Mrs. Emma Abell, included, thence with her line to the place of beginning, and it is further adjudged that the following citizens shall be voters in said Calvary voting precinct No. 12, namely: Lee Browning, Mrs. Agnes Browning, Miss Josie
Abell, Mrs. Robert Buckman, Miss Bridget Buckman, Lafe Bland, Mrs. Ethel Bland, and Mrs. Emma Abell.
It is further adjudged that voting precincts Nos. 12 and 13 be changed so that the following boundaries shall be excluded from New Market voting precinct No. 13 and added to the Calvary voting precinct No. 12, said boundary being as follows: Beginning at John Ballard's farm, included, on the Rolling Fork River, thence down said river to the mouth of Indian Lick Creek, thence North with said creek to Sam J. Thomas farm, included, thence with said Thomas line to A. O. Wayne's farm, excluded, thence to Bern Jarboe's farm, excluded, thence with C. & O. Railroad to William Brown, included, thence to the beginning, and it is further adjudged that the following citizens shall be voters in said Calvary voting precinct No. 12, namely: William Bickett, D. A. Bickett, Mrs. Lettie Mattingly, Bert Spalding and his wife, May Spalding, William Ewing, Miss Kate Ewing, G. W. Sapp and his wife Kate Sapp, Sylvester Ewing and his wife, Mamie Ewing, Joe Spalding, Mark Spalding, Cora Spalding, Edith Spalding, Stella Spalding, Mrs. Susie Ford, John Franklin Malone and wife, Rose Malone, William Green and his wife, Mary Green.
A Copy - Attest:
Sam J. Spalding, Clerk.
Notice!Of change in voting Precinct No. 19, Marion county, Ky.:
Marion County Court, May term, 2d day of May, 1921.
In the matter of dividing Loretto Precinct No. 19 and establishing a new voting precinct therein -
Pursuant to the Act of the General Assembly of Kentucky, being Chapter 64, Acts 1920, and in order to have the voting precincts of Marion county, Kentucky, contain as nearly as practicable three hundred and fifty voters and to best subserve the convenience of the public; it is now ordered and adjudged that voting precinct No. 19 of said county be divided and a new voting precinct established therein and the boundary of such new precinct be as follows:
Beginning at the main entrance of the Loretto Academy on the Loretto and Springfield turnpike; thence north with said pike to the corner of the lands of Kelvey Riggs; thence west with line of Riggs to the lands of Richard Medley, excluded, and to the Loretto and Manton county road
near said Medley; then south with said road to the Lebanon and Bardstown State Aid Road; then west with said State Aid Road to the lands of Wallace Corbey; then south with said Corbey and lands of said Loretto Academy to the [lands of] John Embry; then south with [said] Embry's lands and said Loretto Academy lands to the old county road near said Embry; then east with said old county road and across said State Aid Road to a point near Mrs. Maggie Thomas, excluded; then east through the lands of said Loretto Academy a straight line to the beginning.
Said boundary shall be known as Loretto Academy Precinct No. 22 and the voters therein shall vote at Loretto Academy.
A Copy - Attest:
Sam J. Spalding, Clerk.
Children's Home Society
The Enterprise has received the following from the Kentucky Children's Home Society:
From Marion county, 12 children have been received into the Receiving Home of the Kentucky Children's Home Society, Louisville, whereas the total appropriations from Marion county, by the Fiscal Court have been only $400 during the twenty-five years of the society's existence.
Toward the building fund the county has given $297.50 although its quota has been fixed at $3000.
The building fund is for the erection of the cottage village at Lyndon, Ky., where ground was broken March 1 and the plans are for the completion of the administration building and one large cottage in October. The village is to be a memorial from the school children of Kentucky to the homeless children of the State thru the plan evolved by Robert L. Sehon, Superintendent of the society. The appeal for nearly half of the building fund of $300,000 is being made to the school children thru the schools of Kentucky.
Pastor's Salary Increased.
The following is taken from the First Presbyterian Church Weekly Bulletin:
"A check for an increased amount accompanied by a letter from the Church Treasurer informs the pastor that the Deacons had met in his absence and on account of the generosity of the congregation had been able to vote an increase in his salary of five hundred dollars. The pastor wishes to express to our membership and friends sincere thanks for this helpful advance. The Lord has blessed our congregation in many ways during the past year. Let us always seek His favor."