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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Eliza Chappel Porter,   pp. 77-80 PDF (753.8 KB)


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addition to her literary pursuits, she was interested in
charitable and religious work. She was elected First
Vice-President of the Wisconsin Industrial School for
Girls. She was also Vice-President of the Women's
Synodical Missionary Society for the Synod of Wiscon-
sin, to the success of which she greatly contributed by
her pen and personal influence.
    This noble life came to a close July 14, 1877. In
1878 a library was established in the college by the Al-
umnae, as a memorial to Miss Mortimer, and in the same
year a mural tablet was placed upon its walls in her
memory.
H.S....... ...................................................................................
            ELIZA CHAPPEL PORTER
            Author-Antoinette Cowles Kent
                        Beloit
  ...................   .........  ......I.................... H................
    French Huguenots from Des Chappelles. Joshua
Chappell married Bathesba Brewster, descendant of
Elder William Brewster, leader of the Pilgrim band.
    Eliza Chappell was born at Geneseo, Franklin
County, New York, November 5, 1807. From early
childhood she was of a deeply religious nature having
within her veins the blood of Huguenot and Pilgrim.
    When sixteen years of age, she taught the neighbor-
ing school in Geneseo, New York. During her teaching
she was surrounded by M. E. influence but did not ac-
cept this form of Christian Faith. Later she accompanied
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart to Mackinaw as teacher to their
family of children.
    June 17, 1832, she first met Mr. Jeremiah Porter on
Mackinaw Island. Miss Chappell first came to Chicago
from Mackinaw, June, 1833. She associated with others
in teaching in the first Normal School in Chicago. She
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