Biographical Sketch of Flora Spangler Bash

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Flora Spangler Bash, 1854-1933

By Brittany Orlosky, Student, Saint Martin's University

Flora Spangler was born at Westerville, Franklin County, Ohio in October 1854. Albert Weimer Bash married Flora Spangler, October 2, 1879 at Huron, Ohio. They were the parents of 4 children: Albert Spangler Bash, born 1880. Cora Clementine Bash, born 1882, Florence Ada Bash, born 1885, Mary Lola Bash, born June 1891.

Bash died February 16, 1933, at her home. 5026 22nd Avenue, N. E., Seattle, Washington after a long illness. Surviving were her two daughters, Mary Bash, student counselor for women at the University in Seattle and Dr. Clementine Bash, superintendent of Douw Hospital, Peiping, China.

Bash was a member of the Washington Equal Franchise Society in 1910 as their corresponding secretary. While not much has been written about her suffrage involvement, she was pictured appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer on July 31, 1910 under the headline, “Banded in their Efforts to obtain ‘Votes for Women' in Washington.”

Flora Spangler Bash and her husband owned a farm at Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington. Albert Weimer Bash, her husband, was appointed by President Garfield as a customs collector for the District of Puget Sound. At the time, U.S. Senator Benjamin Harrison visited the Bash family in Port Townsend. Congress appropriated funds during Albert Weimer Bash's term as an inspector for the erection of Port Townsend's custom house, eventually serving as the post office for the town.

 

Devoe Scrapbook Collection, Primarily Washington

 

Sources:

“D. R. Judkins Oak Harbor photographs, circa 1890,” http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv78671

Robert L. Welsh M.D., The Presbytery of Seattle, 1858-2005, (XLib ris, 200

(n.d.). Retrieved November 03, 2017, from http://www.familycentral.net/index/pedigree.cfm?ref1=7298%3A261

Dr Cora Clementine Bash (1882-1941) - Find A Grave... (n.d.). Retrieved December 03, 2017, from https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=117565767

A.W, Bash Home, www.porttownsendthenandnow.com/AnimationPages/Bash.html.

“Banded in Their Efforts to Obtain ‘Votes for Women' in Washington,” Primarily Washington,. Devoe Collection. http://www.primarilywashington.org/items/show/24497

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