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Janitor finds historical artifacts in trash

July 13, 2009
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HELENA, MT — Last week, a janitor at Montana''s Capital Building discovered antique articles on the first woman elected to Congress buried in boxes marked as trash, according to the Great Falls Tribune.
Tammy Moore saw an old, weathered newspaper clip fall from one of the boxes, sparking her curiosity and causing her to examine the box''s contents a little closer, the story stated.
According to the story, Moore took the original 1916 newspaper stories on the congresswoman-elect to the Governor’s office, where it was immediately recognized as treasure.
Included in Moore''s find was a full-page Los Angeles Sunday Tribune piece written by Jeannette Rankin, who became the first women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was instrumental in helping secure the right for women to vote in Montana in 1914, the story noted.
Moore said: "I thought to myself, ''wait a minute, this has to be old,'' I opened it up and there was Jeannette Rankin all over it."
Rankin, who with groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and helped advance social welfare issues, spent her first term in Congress before the U.S. Constitution had been changed to give women the right to vote everywhere in the country, the story added.
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