Irene D. Broh


Elizabeth Smarr



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Irene D. Broh was born on November 20, 1880, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through the influence of her mother, a suffragist who worked with Susan B. Anthony, Mrs. Broh joined the suffrage movement and helped women earn the right to vote. After marrying Ephraim Broh in 1909, she moved to Huntington, WV, where she organized a suffrage club in 1915. Mrs. Broh became the first woman to vote in Cabell County, WV, in 1920. In her interview, Mrs. Broh focuses on her work for women’s suffrage. She describes how she organized her club, the voting facilities in Huntington, and her experience voting for the first time. In the audio clip provided, Mrs. Broh discusses the suffrage question and being the first woman to vote in Cabell County. She describes the legitimacy of a woman’s vote. She focuses on her experience at Kessler’s Garage when she was ready to place her vote in the ballot box. In her interview, Mrs. Broh also mentions living during the Depression and the world wars, as well as, the flooding of the Ohio River and its tributaries in 1913 and 1937.

Publication Date

Fall 11-19-1974




Women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony, West Virginia, Huntington, WV, Cincinnati, OH, WWI, WWII, Red Cross Canteen, Depression Era (1929-1941), 1913 Flood- WV


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History of Gender | Oral History | Political History | Social History | Women's History

Library of Congress Subjects

Broh, Irene D., 1880- -- Autobiography. Tobias, Sarah. Wilson, Helen. Brown, Douglas, Mrs. Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906. Mann, Frank, Mrs. Burks, Helen. Burks, Mary. Harriet Taylor Upton Suffrage Club -- Cincinnatti (Ohio) -- Oral histories. Twentieth Century Suffrage Club -- Cincinnatti (Ohio) -- Oral histories. Sarah T. Drukker Suffrage Club -- Cincinnatti (Ohio) -- Oral histories. Buffington School -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories. League of Women Voters -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories. Women -- Suffrage -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories. Women political activists -- Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories. Cargo ships -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-119. This interview was conducted by Elizabeth Smarr. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, August, 2014.


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