Wilmer Kearns. Quaker suffrage activist. (1881-1972). Wilmer Kearns, the grandfather of Marguerite Kearns, plays an important part in this story as he told his granddaughter as a child the stories of the first wave of the women’s rights movement as he remembered it.
An introduction to Wilmer Kearns, husband of Edna Buckman Kearns, NYS suffrage activist. Grandfather to Marguerite Kearns who told her stories about her late grandmother Edna and got her started on learning about the first wave of women’s rights activism during the early 20th century.
Wilmer Kearns worked as an accountant in Manhattan. He served as treasurer of the Kearns Motor Car Company and maintained a New York City office there. After moving from Long Island to Pennsylvania in 1920, he owned and operated Echo Dale Gardens near Norristown with Edna, his wife. He continued operating the nursery outside of Philadelphia after Edna’s death in 1934.