Delphine Squires

Photo of Delphine Squires from The Woman Citizen, Nevada Edition, November 1912.
Delphine from The Woman Citizen, Nevada Edition, November 1912.

Delphine Anderson Squires (1868-1961) was matriarch to one of the first families to settle in Las Vegas arriving after her husband in 1906. She possessed a determined pioneering spirit and was an important contributor to the city’s growth as a community. She was known locally as “Mom” and her husband, Charles, as “Pop” Squires.

In 1907, she spearheaded the effort to establish a branch of the Congress of Mothers to support the new school district. She helped found the Mesquite Club, the city’s first women’s service club and served as president from 1912-1914.

She coordinated the women suffrage speakers in Las Vegas when there was no dedicated suffrage group to support the right to vote for women. Writing for her husband’s newspaper, the Las Vegas Age, Delphine provided an entertaining glimpse into how challenging life was in a small desert town.

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Ladies of the Mesquite Club 1914
Mesquite Club, 1914. Delphine Squires is third from right at the back.