Mrs. Mary Creegan Roark (Of Lexington, President of Lexington Sorosis). "Women at the Polls In Lexington Last Fall." Courier-Journal (May 17, 1896) [clipping in Laura Clay Papers, Box 18, folder 18, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center].
The clipping, describing the successful school board elections in Lexington of the fall of 1895 and the installation of the new board, included a short biography of Mrs. Roark, under the subtitle: "A Successful Candidate" as follows:
Mrs. Ida Withers Harrison (President of the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky). "Women at the Polls In Lexington Last Fall." Courier-Journal (May 17, 1896) clipping in Laura Clay Papers, 46M4, Box 18, folder 18, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center.
Mary Eleanor Tarrant was born in 1872 in Macon, Mississippi. Her father, Samuel Tarrant, was a civil war veteran and worked as a merchant (in what business is not recorded). Her mother, Eliza Watkins Selleck Tarrant, seems to have had no paying job when Eleanor was born. When the family moved to Louisville sometime in the 1880s, however, Eliza Tarrant kept a boarding house, and when she and her husband moved to Chicago around 1900, she pursued this occupation there.
In addition to her many other social reform campaigns, including the building of a state tuberculosis sanitorium, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge lobbied in the early years of the 20th century for the restoration of Kentucky women's right to vote in school board elections.
Article Title: Women's Suffrage
Editors: Paul A. Tenkotte and James C. Claypool
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, in partnership with NKY.com
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky. Republished for the World Wide Web by NKU.com and Enquirer Media. A Project of the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, Inc.
Date of Publication: 2009
Author(s)/Editor(s): Ida Husted Harper
Title: The History of Woman Suffrage Volume 6
Publisher: J.J. Little and Ives Co.
Date of Publication: 1922