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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Eastman, E. W.
Miriam Carpenter Eastman,   p. 86 PDF (188.9 KB)


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to the Rock River Valley. Here he decided to remain.
There were five houses here when he came.
    Mr. Janes established a ferry across the river where
the Milwaukee Street bridge is now built. A post office
was established at this point and the town named Janes-
ville. From then on the town grew rapidly.
    The first public school was opened in 1840.
    In 1844 the Episcopal Church was formed with six
communicants one of which was Catherine Ann Holmes.
    In 1843 the population was thirty-three hundred and
thirty-three.
    In 1843 Catherine Ann Holmes was married to Vol-
ney Atwood. Their homestead is the red brick house
at the corner of Franklin and Dodge Streets, across from
the post office.
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        MIRIAM CARPENTER EASTMAN
            Author-Mrs. E. W. Eastman
                      Plymouth
  ..............I..................... ....
    Miriam Carpenter Eastman was born in Sandy Creek,
New York, February 16, 1822, daughter of Asa and
Louisa Wood Carpenter, married Enos Eastman in Sandy
Creek, New York, January 11, 1844.
    In 1849 Miram Carpenter Eastman and family moved
to Wisconsin, Mr. Eastman purchasing 160 acres of land
for which he paid $700.00. They moved into a log house
the same site on which later they erected a beautiful
home. More land was added to the homestead year by
year. Mrs. Eastman was a true pioneer; her home was
always filled by those less fortunate than herself. Mrs.
Eastman was a devout member of St. Paul's Episcopal
Church. Mr. and Mrs. Eastman lived together over 50
years, her death occurring January 16, 1914.
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