On this day in ...
... 1881, to give effect to an amendment to the state constitution the previous year, legislators made Kansas the 1st state in the Union to outlaw alcoholic beverages. Among those at the forefront of this Kansas temperance movement was the hatchet-wielding activist Carrie Nation (left).
... 1897, in Stoney Creek, Ontario, a 40-year-old woman whose infant son had died after drinking impure milk, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless (below right), founded the Federation of Women's Institutes of Canada -- motto, "For Home and Country" -- for which a primary goal was the pasteurization of milk. A onetime student at the Ladies College not far from the farm where she grew up, Hoodless wrote a textbook entitled Public School Domestic Science. She also would help found the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the YWCA in Canada. She died in 1910.
(Prior February 19 posts here and here.)