(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Wyoming's earliest female residents must have been a hardy stock. And as we all know, Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote. According to the Women of the West Muesum
were many reasons for that offered in 1869 — and "no one explanation
satisfies historians even to this day."
"It is clear, however, that Wyoming women embraced their right to vote and
staunchly defended it against all threats," the WOW says.
Here, you can see a portrait of Leona “Onie” Hardee Kegerreis, her mother
Harriet Hardee, and her Grandmother Sowers, all early female residents of
According to online genealogical reports, Hardee Kegerreis was born on June
15, 1875, in Page, Iowa, and died on April 4, 1955 in Sheridan County.
Onie’s husband William Kegerreis was one of Sheridan’s early merchants.
According to thelandpatents.com, he received a homesteading patent in
Sheridan, from the Bureau of Land Management's Buffalo Field Office on Aug.
*Feature photo and above h/t Nelson Collection, Sheridan County Historical
Society & Museum. / Pitchengine Communities*