The Women's Christian Temperance Union was a national movement, widely known as the W.C.T.U. Organized at a national convention in Cleveland, Ohio in 1874, the group's primary aim was prohibition of alcohol, though after 1879 they broadened their focus to include a number of social reform issues including labor, prostitution, public health, sanitation, women's suffrage and international peace.

Plattsburgh Sentinel, July 21, 1882

—An auxiliary of the Woman's National Christian Temperance Union was organized at Willsboro on the 12th inst., with Mrs. Lucy Jones as President.