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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Suffragette march success due to many
To the editor:
I want to personally thank all those who made the May 11 suffragette march and rally organized by the Langley Main Street Association a truly memorable occasion. It was an amazing team effort.
First, thanks to all the women marchers, aged 5 months to 90-plus years, and to the men “hecklers” who participated.
Seeing groups of men and women in period dress walking on the streets of Langley gave an inkling of what might have been 100 years ago. Particular appreciation to Patricia Duff for her moving performance as “Hetty Maxwell,” the main spokesperson for the Suffragettes.
Special thanks to Kathleen Landel, Julie Cunha and Peggy Juve for their help in planning, recruiting and costuming. Eric Richmond, Rene Neff, Peggy Juve, Sara Saltee and Faye Castle deserve recognition for their help in producing the signs, banners, sashes and flags carried by the marchers.
The Chanteuse Singers and their director, Cheryl Veblen, lead the singing of Suffragette songs, and Jim and Betty Lightner provided period songs accompanied by the banjo prior to the march.
Mark Smith and Louis McInally contributed their two Model-T Fords for atmosphere, and the buggies and buckboard were provided courtesy of the Island County Fair Association and the South Whidbey Historical Society.
Thanks to Steve Saltee for construction of the speaker’s platform, and Sarah Diers for providing the bunting to decorate it.
I want to acknowledge the tireless assistance provided by Kira Keeney and members of the Main Street volunteers, particularly Bob Thurmond, Janet Ploof and Michaela Wheatley.
Photos and video footage provided by Charles and Ursula Scurlock, Simon Frazer, Eric Nussbaum, Rich Frishman and others will provide a rich record of the people and events.
Finally, thank you to the following organizations who contributed time, facilities and logistical support: The Island County Fair Association, WICA, Langley Chamber of Commerce, US Bank, and the City of Langley.
Langley Main Street Association Board member and chairman, LMSA Design Committee