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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Prechtel, Emily S.
Cordelia Avery Truax,   pp. 37-39 PDF (585.7 KB)


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    I watched with Grandma Milligan the last night of
her life. Helen, her unmarried daughter had been an
invalid for years when young, but had then been well
for fifteen years, and at this time had a millinery store,
but to her mother she was ever young and needing care.
On this her last evening on earth-our good pastor called
and I heard him ask, "Shall I pray with you dear friend ?"
Her answer told better than any words of mind can tell,
the unselfishness that had characterized her whole life-
"If you will", she said faintly-"but don't mind about
me-pray for poor little Helen, for I don't know who
will care for her when I am gone." Helen was fifty-six.
           CORDELIA AVERY TRUAX
             Author-Emily S. Prechtel
                     Eau Claire
   Cordelia Avery was born in Allegheny County, New
York, March 22, 1830. She married Peter Truax Sep-
tember 23, 1852 and lived on a farm near her home for
two years. Having a relative in Southern Wisconsin they
decided to come out here.
    They sold the farm, packed what they needed and
could be taken with them and started in what she called
a "breaking team." Oxen were used with it.
    They drove to Buffalo where they took a boat which
brought them to Sheboygan.
    They rented a wheat farm of one hundred acres in
Big Foot Prairie. Having a good crop the first year
they sold it at the market in Kenosha. That fall they
decided to come north. In the spring of 1855 they loaded
their household goods in a wagon, also a crate of chick-
ens, and tied a three year old colt to the back, and with
a fine horse team were ready to start. Mrs. Truax's
brother was with them so he drove the two ox-team
hitched to another wagon containing chains, ox plows,
and other equipment for breaking land. He also had a
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