Why a Yellow Rose?
The yellow rose was a highly significant symbol during the fight for Women's Right to Vote. State legislators would wear a yellow rose if they supported the 19th Amendment, and a red one if they opposed it. The yellow rose above is our way of showing our support of the courageous suffragists that helped ensure the right to vote for millions of women to come.
In August of 1920, 35 states had ratified the 19th Amendment. With the deeply divided Tennessee legislature preparing to vote on the issue, Febb Burn wrote to her son, Tennessee State Rep. Harry T. Burn, asking him to “Hurrah and vote for suffrage” and make women's suffrage national law. That strong woman shaped the course of American history, as well as that of our company. The Burn family co-founded Crescent Sock Co. in 1902 and today Febb's great-granddaughters are proud to bring you Febb's Boutique to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment. Head over to the Shop Page to see the full line of inspirational sock, still made right here in Niota, TN!
Who Was Febb?
Febb Ensminger was born on a farm in McMinn County in 1873. She graduated from college in 1892 and married James Lafayette "Jim" Burn in 1894. The couple had four children. Shortly before Jim passed away, the family bought a farm and an antebellum mansion. In August 1920, on the front porch of the home, the widowed matriarch took a break from the day's farm work to write the famous letter to her son, State Rep. Harry T. Burn, asking him to "Hurrah and vote for suffrage!"
Today, Crescent Sock Company continues to operate under the leadership of the Burn Family. Crescent is currently owned and operated by Febb's great granddaughters, and we are proud to bring you Febb's Boutique to celebrate the power of a woman's words to change history!
Interested in learning more?
In 2019 Tyler Boyd published Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn which offers a fascinating look at the life of Harry and his mother Febb and their impact on women's suffrage.