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West Virginia Women's Suffrage Trail

Zone 4 of 10: Fairmont

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Alice (“Allie”) Comerford Haymond was a West Virginia suffragist who served as president of both the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association and the Fairmont Political Equality Club. She often hosted meetings, events, and parties in her home at 318 Main Street, including a large celebration the night that Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment. 


The Wheeling Intelligencer, May 1, 1916

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The Fairmont West Virginian, August 28, 1920.

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The Daily Telegram, October 4, 1911.

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The Fairmont West Virginian, November 9, 1915

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The Fairmont West Virginian, March 25, 1916

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The Fairmont West Virginian, February 4, 1919.

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The Fairmont West Virginian, August 19, 1920.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, May 1902.

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1904 Fairmont City Directory

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, December 1906.

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1911 Fairmont City Directory

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1915 Fairmont City Directory

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1917 Fairmont City Directory

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, December 1918.

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1920 Fairmont City Directory

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Fairmont, W. Va. - View from Palatine Knob, 1896. Haymond's house is likely the large house in the middle of the block, directly behind the building labeled "Mail Pouch."

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Main Street West From Madison Street, Fairmont, W. Va., n.d. Haymond's home was set back from the street, so it is not clearly visible here. It would likely have been on the left side of the picture, set back after the third visible (white) building)

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Looking down Main/Adams Street from Court Square.

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Alice Comerford was born to Michael M. and Rachel Fleming Comerford in Maryland on June 20, 1853. More commonly known as “Allie,” she married Fairmont attorney Lindsay B. Haymond on November 7, 1872. The couple had one daughter, Nellie, but Lindsay Haymond died young in 1881 at the age of 30. Allie C. Haymond continued to live at their Main Street Fairmont home into the 1920s. Allie Comerford Haymond was a registered pharmacist, one of the first (or possibly the first) female registered pharmacist in West Virginia.

Haymond was a long-time member of the Fairmont Political Equality Club and the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association. She served as WVESA president 1911-1912 and at that same time she was appointed by the Fairmont Political Equality Club as a delegate to the State Federation of Women’s Clubs. In November 1915 the Fairmont Political Equality Club elected Haymond as a delegate to the State Woman’s Suffrage Convention. She was the president of the Fairmont Political Equality Club in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Haymond often held suffrage parties, meetings, and conferences at her Main Street home in Fairmont, WV. On August 18, 1920, with the news that Tennessee had ratified the amendment, Haymond hosted a celebration in her home with many local suffrage leaders in attendance. Later that month the National American Woman Suffrage Association organized a national celebration for suffrage with bells ringing across the nation on August 28th at noon. In Fairmont, Allie Haymond was chosen to start the local ringing by ringing the bell at the Fairmont Methodist Protestant Temple (of which she was a member). Once she rang her bell, the other church bells in Fairmont and the surrounding areas joined in the celebration.

By 1930, Allie Haymond had moved to Garret County, Maryland and she remained in Maryland until her death on December 2, 1943. 

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1911. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011..

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1915. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1920. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

“Lindsay B. Haymond.” Find A Grave. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/78808313/lindsay-b-haymond.

Lisle, Chris, et al. “Biography of Alice B. Haymond, 1853-1943.” Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1943. Accessed June 22, 2022. https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/d/1011002244.

“Women in the West Virginia Woman Suffrage Movement.” Fighting the Long Fight: West Virginia Women and the Right to Vote. A West Virginia Archives and History Online Exhibit. Accessed June 23, 2022. http://archive.wvculture.org/history/exhibitsonline/suffrage/suffragewomen.html.

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The Wheeling intelligencer. [volume], May 01, 1916, Page 8, Image 18. Chronicling America. Accessed June 24, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86092536/1916-05-01/ed-1/seq-18/.

The West Virginian. [volume], August 28, 1920, Image 1. Chronicling America. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1920-08-28/ed-1/seq-1/.

The daily telegram. [volume], October 04, 1911, Page PAGE FIVE, Image 5. Chronicling America. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85059715/1911-10-04/ed-1/seq-5/.

The West Virginian. [volume], November 09, 1915, Page PAGE 2, Image 2. Chronicling America. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1915-11-09/ed-1/seq-2/.

The West Virginian. [volume], March 25, 1916, Image 1. Chronicling America. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1916-03-25/ed-1/seq-1/.

The West Virginian. [volume], February 04, 1919, Page PAGE 6, Image 6. Chronicling America. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1919-02-04/ed-1/seq-6/.

The West Virginian. [volume], August 19, 1920, Image 1. Chronicling America. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072054/1920-08-19/ed-1/seq-1/.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia. Sanborn Map Company, May, 1902. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn09403_004/. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1904. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia. Sanborn Map Company, De, 1906. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn09403_005/. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1911. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1915. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1917. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia. Sanborn Map Company, De, 1918. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn09403_007/. Accessed June 23, 2022.

Fairmont, West Virginia, City Directory, 1920. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed June 23, 2022.

"Fairmont, W. Va. - View from Palatine Knob." West Virginia OnView. West Virginia & Regional History Center. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://wvhistoryonview.org/catalog/005812.

"Main Street West From Madison Street, Fairmont, W. Va." West Virginia History OnView. West Virginia & Regional History Center. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://wvhistoryonview.org/catalog/005781.

"First Inter-Urban Cars leaving for Clarksburg from Court Square, Fairmont, W. Va." West Virginia OnView. West Virginia & Regional History Center. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://wvhistoryonview.org/catalog/029205.