Goodland shows the way to equal voting rights
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Women’s vote, Carnegie’s donation both unpopular with some
The City Council’s decision to accept Carnegie’s grant was not popular in all quarters. At a special meeting, City Councilman E.C. Mercer led the charge (PDF) against the library. He said Carnegie’s money was “tainted” because he was “the foe of the working man.” Carnegie was unpopular because of his business practices, including violent strike-breaking.
Election officials tallied men’s and women’s ballots separately
In case of legal challenges, Murphy said men’s and women’s ballots should be tallied separately (PDF). Both genders voted for the library tax. Men voted 139-78 in favor. Women voted 74-12 in favor.
The new library building opened Feb. 8, 1913. The grand opening (PDF) came a few weeks later, March 31, 1913. The Italian Renaissance Revival-style building is a two-story structure on a raised basement with a terra cotta roof. Its exterior remains nearly unchanged from its original appearance.