Biographical Sketch of Amy (Mrs. William Royce) Haight

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Biography of Amy (Mrs. William Royce) Haight, 1874-1968

By Molly Mahoney, teacher Dr. Catherine Rymph, and teacher Dr. Michelle Morris, University of Missouri Columbia. (

Amy Haight was born on October 5, 1874 in Arcola, Illinois, to parents Rushworth and Helen Brigham Robinson. She was married to William Royce Haight, but there is no record of any children. She died on April 15, 1968 and was honored in the Jefferson City Post Tribune with an announcement of her funeral in West Plains, Missouri.

She was a strong advocate for women in arts and literature and is featured in many newspaper articles that discuss the topic of women in journalism. She worked closely with the Missouri Women's Press Association where she frequently talked about preserving the arts and crafts of women in the Ozarks such as dye making, basket weaving, making of rugs, mats and quilts. Amy spoke about how the quality of these arts is unmatched and should be preserved for future generations.

Amy Haight was a member of the National American Women's Suffrage Association where she held the position of treasurer. In 1915, Amy was a part of a group of women that started their own magazine that was to serve as the "official organ of the Equal Suffrage Association." That same year, at its final session in St. Joseph, Missouri, the Equal Suffrage Association announced their decision to pursue a suffrage campaign in 1916; Amy was elected corresponding secretary. In 1924, she was appointed to be a delegate at large from Missouri for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Amy was a member of the Missouri Writer's Guild and was well-known for her poetry, receiving multiple mentions in the University of Missouri newspapers. Amy also served as the president of the Jefferson City Art Club. In 1948, she arranged the annual sketch day where she encouraged children to be a larger part of the day. She was directly responsible for convincing the Governor to allow the children to display their art around the Governor's mansion, making it a focal point of the day.

Along with her involvement in the arts, Amy served on the state board for the Daughters of American Revolution. She was also an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City. Amy served as a matron of the Victoria Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic fraternity of both men and women that followed the teachings of the bible.

Amy Haight died at the age of 93. In her obituary, she was graciously praised for her work in many civic organizations and her work for women's rights.


The Evening Missourian (Columbia, Missouri) says she was to present poetry, but wasn't in attendance.

The University Missourian (May 19, 1914) says she is from Brandsville, Missouri and talked about "Missouri Women in Literature and Art."

The University Missourian (March 3, 1915) says Amy is a writer for an equal suffrage magazine that will be released soon.

The Butler Weekly Times (June 3, 1915) says Missouri Suffragist Association seeks for ballot in 1915. Amy was elected corresponding secretary.

The University Missourian (May 18, 1914) says Amy will be talking about Missouri women in literature and art.

The University Missourian (May 19, 1914) Amy talks about how the women of the Ozarks, who are crafters, need organization to revive the arts.

The Evening Missourian (May 4, 1918) Amy to give a speech about "The Ozark Pageant" on campus in Columbia, Missouri on the topic of women in journalism.

The Daily Missourian (May 18, 1917) Amy named an active and associate member in Missouri Writer's Guild.

Jefferson City Post Tribune- This was her obituary that mentions all her organizations and works. As well as her birthplace, date of birth, parents, date of death and where she lived.

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