Grace Logan: An El Paso Suffragist. by Joseph Longo

Grace Virginia Logan was the first corresponding secretary of the El Paso’s first suffrage league, the El Paso Equal Franchise League. Logan was a leader in the League’s War relief work during WWI and led a campaign to provide magazines and other published materials to soldiers. She represented the El Paso Equal Franchise League at the National Women’s Suffrage Organization’s Convention in 1916. Logan also served on the publicity committee for the National Women Suffrage Association and on the Texas State Suffrage Bureau. Grace’s sister, Evelyn, was also a charter member of the El Paso Equal Franchise League and served as its publicity chair when it was first organized.

Logan was working as a society editor at the El Paso Times when the El Paso Equal Franchise League was organized. Logan also wrote other pieces for the times, that had to do with economic, military, and foreign issues. Logan came to El Paso in 1891. Her father, Army Major Thomas H. Logan built Logan Heights, a subdivision in Northeast El Paso, near Fort Bliss. Logan also served as publicity chair for Pan-American Round Table and was also was a member of the American Pen Women, Woman’s club,  and the Army, Navy, and Marine club in Washington D.C. Logan also served as president of the El Paso Pioneer Women’s Association, and as secretary of the El Paso Red Cross. Logan later published a book called “Life’s Puckering Strings, a science fiction novel, which followed a man looking back at his life after being bitten by a werewolf. When Logan died in 1939, she left all her clothes to a young woman who was poor, she wrote in her will that all of her personal letters had to be destroyed, and left some of her books to the El Paso  Public Library.[i]

[i] Grace V. Logan (Vertical File). El Paso Border Center, El Paso Public Library.

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