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Dr. Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck – Earnest Advocate of Woman’s Suffrage
Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck was the fifth of eight children born to Benjamin and Rebecca (Forshee) Sayer on December 20, 1827 in Warwick, New York. From early childhood she displayed a fierce independence that would characterize the remainder of her life. She became a reformer, a physician, an editor – and the first American woman to hold elected office!
Lydia adopted the radical form of dress known as the bloomer or reform dress – an adaptation of Turkish pantaloons with shortened skirt. She was devastated when as a young woman she was refused admittance to nearby S. S. Seward Institute for her mode of dress. In her own words, “As I left…I fairly bathed my soul in an agony of tears and silent prayers. … I registered a vow that I would stand or fall in the battle for women’s physical, political and educational freedom and equality.” It was her view that women could not hope for equality or compete in a man’s world while encumbered by the heavy, impractical, restrictive Victorian dress of the day.
To learn more about Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck and other stories, download HFA Journal for June 2020
Hasbrouck Mountain Revisited
Our September 2009 newsletter featured an article about Hasbrouck Mountain (elev. 6266 ft.) near Tonopah, NV and the gold/silver mines within it. We were unable to identify the Hasbrouck responsible for the name but speculated a likely candidate to be Edwin Hasbrouck, found in the 1910 Tonopah census, born about 1865 in Iowa, who is listed as a quartz miner. ….It seems likely that Hasbrouck Mountain was named for H. M. and/or Jake Hasbrouck. No further record of them has been found, and we’ve not been able to make any connection of these men to our genealogy. However, we’ve been able to identify the aforementioned Edwin Hasbrouck as the son of Johnson (Index # F-768 in Kenneth’s genealogy), grandson of Josaphat and Ida (Schoonmaker) Hasbrouck (E-346)………….Mining (mainly for gold and silver) in the area started around 1900 and lasted until the 1980s. But exploration activity continues there, and the current high gold/silver prices could lead to resumed production.
For pictures of the mine and story continuation, Download HFA Journal for March 2020