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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Fifield, Catherine
Sarah Reed Copeland Fifield,   p. 156 PDF (204.2 KB)


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Wisconsin. Mrs. Mary Royce Merriman is a loyal mem-
ber of the Beloit Chapter of the Beloit D. A. R.
    Of Mrs. Mary Wadham Hunt we may say the in-
dustry of her late years, was but the fulfillment of her
matchless youthful energy.
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-     SARAH REED COPELAND FIFIELD
              Author-Catherine Fifield
                      Janesville
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    Sarah Reed Copeland came to Wisconsin from West
Bridgewater, Mass., April, 1850. She had just completed
her education in a private school in Boston. Came to Wis-
consin to keep house for a brother who had taken up land
in Jefferson County. The trip was made by boat from Buf-
falo to Milwaukee, changing boats at Detroit, and took
about one week. On arriving in Milwaukee it was learned
the stage, which made the trip once a week, had left the
day before. A neighbor of her brother's was driving out
with a load of goods and offered to take them, so the end
of the journey was made in a lumber wagon. I will quote
from her letter: "When we first arrived and I saw the
house, neither in sight of house or road, it did indeed look
desolate and lonely; never before did I so fully feel the
privilege and comfort of leaning on Him for support who
will not forsake. Have found some very agreeable ac-
quaintances mostly young married women from the east,
some of my nearest neighbors are very intelligent, pretty
women-have been very kind to me. I feel very grateful
for all the attention I have received and think I should
rather be a stranger in Wisconsin than in West Bridge-
water." In the spring of 1853 she returned to Massachu-
setts and in October of that year was married to Eldridge
G. Fifield and came to Janesville to make her home. She
lived until July 1, 1905.
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