* First woman to vote in Illinois
219 W. Maple Street
home is named for two people. A carpenter named Teets built this
house in 1870. Later, a widowed woman named CarrieTowne owned the
house and rented rooms to young women. One of the women who roomed there
was Ellen Martin,
Martin was a lawyer. There were not many women lawyers at that
time. In 1891, she found out that the village rules said all "citizens"
could vote. This
6, 1891, Ellen Martin led a group of women to the voting place at the general
store. She demanded that the three male election judges allow the women
to vote. The judges were so surprised that one of them had a "spasm," one
did not want to let the women vote, so a county judge was asked to decide.
He said that the women were right. Ellen Martin then became the first
woman in Illinois to vote. In 1916 Illinois women could vote in national
elections. The 19th Amendment (the Women's Suffrage Amendment) was passed