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Effie Barnaby, Manager and Bert, Messenger
Postal Telegraph Cable Company, Massillon, Ohio c. 1901 - 1912
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Effie Barnaby was a Postal Telegraph Manager at the Massillon, Ohio branch in the early twentieth century. On Friday, June 30, 1911, she received a message from Mr. Collins that she was being moved to the Cleveland, Ohio branch and would be checked out on Monday, July 3. Read her account of the event and what happened. On one of her letters she writes, "about the law for working hours for women that nearly made me lose my job."

June 30, 1911 Letter Side 1 Side 2
July 3, 1911 Letter Side 1 Side 2

How was Effie Barnaby affected by the laws for working women?
Were these laws important for women? Why?
Who were the suffragists?


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