It seems the suffrage leaders in my home town of Glen Cove, Long Island, were busy on this day in 1917. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the first anniversary luncheon of the Glen Cove Equal Suffrage Club was celebrated at Pembroke, a lovely estate on Red Spring Lane, then the home of industrialist Joseph DeLamar, and now a development of luxury homes.
Glen Cove residents will notice some familiar names, such as Coles and Seaman. Amazingly, the group had raised more than $2000 in 1916 from the sale of suffrage-related items at the Tiny Tea Room, suffrage headquarters in Glen Cove.
Such celebrations serve to illustrate the level of interest and involvement of both women and men, from all walks of life, in the suffrage cause on Long Island. It also illustrates the influence of Brooklyn Daily Eagle editor Edna Beckman Kearns, who never missed a chance to further the cause.