Salter House Museum

211 West Garfield
Argonia, Kansas 67004
(620) 435-6564

Open only by appointment
and occasional events

Salter House Museum Map

Salter House Museum - Argonia, Kansas
Salter House Museum
Salter House Museum - Argonia, Kansas

The Salter House was the home of Susanna Madora Salter, whom on April 4, 1887 became the first woman in the United States to be elected as a town mayor. She was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and some men had nominated her as a representative of the Prohibition Party as a joke

The joke wa son them. Susanna Salter's father had been the first mayor of Argonia (elected just two years earlier) and her husband had been the first town clerk. Susanna got 2/3s of the vote. She served out a one year term and did not seek reelection. Although Argonia emphasizes that she was the first mayor, she was also the first woman elected to any political office in the United States.

When I called the Salter House Museum in Argonia, Kansas, to schedule a tour in 2011, the nice lady explained that they were going to do major renovation and the house wasn't ready for showing. However, after a brief conversation, she said that if I didn't mind the building being dirty and cold, she would meet me there at 3PM. The 130 year old home was in poor condition, but the community had just received a grant which will allow the building to be stabilized and stop the water from doing further damage. 

I was met at the home by Carol E. Pearce, who apologized for the condition of the home. She said that the board responsible for the building did not want photos taken of the interior and the only photos from the interior of the home which I will use, are close ups of some of the items on display.

Following the tour, I followed Carol to the Argonia Cemetery where we visited Susanna Salter's grave. Mrs. Salter lived over 100 years. 

The building has been restored since that first visit and the exterior photo above is from 2021. We didn't have an opportunity to revisit the interior at that time.

Argonia, Kansas throw

Susanna Madora Salter at age 27
Susanna Madora Salter in 1887

Susanna Madora Salter photo
Susanna Madora Salter at age 83 in 1943. She was born Susanna Madora Kinsey on March 2, 1860
in Belmont County, Ohio and died on March 17, 1961 in Norman, Oklahoma

Susanna Madora Salter historic marker
1933 historic marker in front of the Salter House Museum

Susanna Madora Salter grave - Argonia, Kansas
Lewis A. and Susanna Madora Salter graves in Argonia Cemetery

Susanna Madora Salter Mural - Argonia, Kansas
Argonia Centennial mural and tribute to Susanna Madora Salter

Salter House Museum Map - Argonia, Kansas
Salter House Museum Map

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