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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Atwood, Abbie
Catherine Ann Holmes Atwood,   pp. 82-86 PDF (981.7 KB)


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ant opportunity to observe the native flowers and birds,
these ambitious women classified, made her bariums, and
studied the use of the different medicinal herbs, so that
their knowledge became of considerable value in that
region where doctors were almost unknown.
    A work, near to the hearts of both Mr. and Mrs.
Riddle, was that of the church and they helped to es-
tablish and maintain services in the log school house or
in different homes until churches could be built.
    They both lived to see their home town, Wauwatosa,
become a beautiful village, with schools and churches.
Mr. Riddle was for many years postmaster. After his
death in 1869, Mrs. Riddle moved to Appleton, Wiscon-
sin, where she later married the Rev. Joseph Rork and
died in 1909.  She was buried in the family plot at
Wauwatosa.
    Of her five children, but one survives, the writer of
this sketch, Frances Riddle Cooke, of Kaukauna, Wis-
consin.
.             ...
     CATHERINE ANN HOLMES ATWOOD
-          Author-Miss Abbie Atwood
                     Janesville
   Mrs. Volney Atwood, whose maiden name was
Catherine Ann Holmes, was born in Newark, Ohio, Aug-
ust 10, 1819. She was educated at Marion, Ohio, where
her father was judge of the county court.
    With her father and mother, Judge and Mrs. William
Holmes, her sister, Lucinda, and brothers, John and
George, she started at the age of sixteen for Wisconsin
early in the year of 1836.
    Three brothers, William, Thomas and Joshua, had
gone to Milwaukee the summer before. There they
heard such glowing accounts of the Rock River Valley
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