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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Bostwick, Mary
Helen Bailey Bostwick,   pp. 116-118 PDF (612.7 KB)


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accommodations to entertain strangers, one time a man
and his wife were living temporarily in a part of our
house, when the man's sister with a family of ten, one a
cripple, came on from the east to locate here in Appleton.
My mother opened her house to them and they remained
with us for three weeks before they could get located in
a home of their own, and from the acquaintance thus
started, they became life-long friends.
    My recollection of her was a happy habit she had
of singing about her work, seeming to gather strength
and courage from the grand old hymns of Wesley and
Watts. I can think of no more appropriate description
of her than King Solomon's description of a Virtuous
Woman, found in Proverbs 31:10-31.
    Written by Flora Spencer Wolters, from Appleton
Chapter D. A. R., Appleton, Wisconsin.
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           HELEN BAILEY BOSTWICK
           Author-Miss Mary Bostwick
                      Janesville
   ....... .....U......I.......   .......,. ..... .....,.......
   Helen Bailey Bostwick was the first white girl born
in Janesville. She was the daughter of William and
Mary Bailey and was born at Janesville, Wisconsin, June
24, 1837. Her father, W. H. H. Bailey, was born in New
Hampshire, and in 1814 he moved to Danville, Vermont.
He was united in marriage in 1835 to Miss Mary Dixon,
a sister of John P. Dixon, a well known and prominent
early settler of Janesville.
    Soon after their marriage, in October, 1836, Mr. and
Mrs. Bailey came to Janesville, where he joined his bro-
ther-in-law, Mr. Dixon, who had preceded him the pre-
vious spring. The two families located on claims near
the river in what is now the southeastern portion of the
city of Janesville.
     Mr. Bailey was the first register of deeds and also
the first clerk of the Board of County Supervisors. In
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