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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Johnston, W. H.
Mrs. John F. Johnston,   pp. 39-41 PDF (581.1 KB)


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with her this past week, and the only request she made
was not to flatter her when I wrote this little sketch, so
I can't say half what I think about her.
    During these years a fortune was accumulated by
these pioneers. Mr. Truax died March 18, 1909. The
past fifteen years Mrs. Truax has given thousands of
dollars to various organizations, and has the great privi-
lege of knowing the joy and pleasure it is giving to
others. She is a member of the First Congregational
Church where her greatest interest lies and which has
received large gifts from her, also the Endeavor Academy
near Portage, Northfield Academy and College at Ash-
land. Every Protestant church in this community has
received a substantial gift as well as the Luther Hospital
and Young Men's Christian Association. Her gifts
range from one thousand to twenty-five thousand dollars
at one time. Mrs. Truax will be ninety-four years old
March, 1924.
    Mrs. Truax died ten days after she gave the inter-
view for this paper.
           MRS. JOHN F. JOHNSTON
         Author-Her son, W. H. Johnston
                      Appleton
 H................. ..................................I...................
    Mrs. John F. Johnston, pioneer, and first white wom-
an to arrive and settle in Appleton, Wisconsin, was born
June 7, 1826, at Jay, Essex County, New York; daughter
of Isaac and Martha Finch.
    Her father was one of the prominent men of that
section, a state senator and member of congress. She
came west to visit her sister, Mrs. 0. P. Clinton, at
Menasha, Wisconsin, where she met and married John
F. Johnston, March 26, 1846, at Neenah, Wisconsin, in
the old council chamber, by the Rev. 0. P. Clinton. It
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