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June 11 continued: During June of 1897, sightseers witnessed a series of balloon ascensions by John Walters of Allerton. One trip with Walters and his small dog Nero both wearing parachutes, went wrong. Walters fell 40 feet, striking his head and back. People carried him to Dr. Reynolds’ office on Pill Row. He lived 20 minutes. Hundreds of the curious lined up outside and filed past the body. Walters’s body was put on a train. The next day he was buried in Lineville Cemetery. Pleasure was expressed that the dog, Nero, was safe. (129)
June 12 1916: When Iowa granted partial female suffrage, Frances Goss — her husband Thomas was the son of abolitionist Joe Goss — ran for the Centerville School Board in 1913. She was elected, topping the poll over three well-known men. Her initiative, leadership and independent ideas swiftly propelled her to becoming chairman of the board. She set the stage for Appanoose County’s remarkable position three years later. In 1916, a statewide amendment granting Iowa women the vote lost. But in Appanoose County it passed. The County’s all-male voters supported the amendment, and they did so by a sizable majority. Appanoose men were ready again four years later to support their women when they again voted to support the 19th Amendment to the Constitution: “The right of all citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” (270)