In June of 1888, Eureka Springs lawyer and suffragist Lizzie Fyler reported in the National Woman's Journal that the growth of the women's suffrage movement in Arkansas has alarmed some conservative clergymen in Little Rock.
The Rev. Mr. Carnahan, she said, had recently avowed in a sermon in his Episcopal church, that if the word "obey" were not in the marriage ceremony, he would never marry another couple.
On the same Sunday, the Rev. Mr. Miller in the Southern Methodist pulpit declared, "I am the king in my home. When I cease to be king, I will move west."