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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Purdy, Helen M.
Mrs. John H. Kenzie,   pp. 95-97 PDF (589.7 KB)


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clearly remember hearing her father talk with the neigh-
bors about his service in the war but does not recall his
mentioning what regiment he was in or any battles in
which he fought.
    With her husband she began housekeeping on the
farm near Duck Lake, Geneva township, where the major
part of her life was spent. She, like other poineer women,
spun, wove and knit, furnishing to the family those com-
forts which at that time they were unable to secure. With
these and other home duties she gave time to her church
and also kept in touch with the affairs of the day.
    Not long ago the Society of the Daughters of the
Revolution presented Mrs. McKaig with a souvenir spoon
which she highly prized.
    March 25, 1906 Mrs. McKaig passed away. Almost
to the last she possessed good health and strong vitality.
She read a great deal and kept informed on the various
topics of the day. Her memory of recent occurrences, as
well as those of her earlier life, is remarkable.
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              MRS. JOHN H. KANZIE
 -            Author-Helen M. Purdy
                       Portage
    Her husband was an Indian agent at Fort Winne-
bago for several years, coming there in 1830.
     Mrs. K nzie was a delicate, eastern woman, yet the
hardships of the west had no fears for her. She would
go wherever her husband went, wherever duty called.
     She made a name for herself at Fort Winnebago as
 well as later at Chicago where she wrote Wau-Bun, a
 history of her early western life. When planning to ac-
 company her husband to the far west, she was told many
 stories of the hardships she would be obliged to endure,
 yet such stories weighed but little with her.
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