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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Van Auken, Lillian H.
Mrs. Mary Baker Cameron,   pp. 60-62 PDF (628.3 KB)


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composition, disregard of rythme, or straining for rythme.
With her to the making of books there was no end, until
she collapsed. It is doubtful if anyone knows the names
of all her published poems. They were a great multitude
a d everyone found ardent admirers-and critics. The
world is better because Ella Wheeler Wilcox lived.
    This biography was written by the brother of Ella
Wh tler Wilcox, M. P. Wheeler, Company "G," 29th
Wisconsin Volunteers, Windsor, Wisconsin.
--      MRS. MARY BAKER CAMERON
           Author-Lillian H. Van Aukes
                     LaCrosse
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    Mary Baker Cameron came to La Crosse in the
year of 1857, a bride of a year, having been married on
February 21, 1856 to Angus Cameron at Urbana, Steuben
County, N. Y., and they both entered heart and soul into
the activities of this rapidly growing village. She came
of Revolutionary stock, her father, William Baker, was
the son of Judge Samuel Baker, a soldier, who served with
distinction in the Revolutionary War and who settled
in Urbana in 1790. Her mother was of Dutch descent
and a cousin of President Martin Van Buren. Her Col-
onial ancestor who entitled her to become a Colonial
Dame was Thomas Topping, who was a member of the
first council of the first governor of the colony of New
York and was an assistant of the General Court of Con-
necticut in 1678 and 1684. She belonged to the Colonial
Dames of New York and was made the first Vice-Presi-
dent of the Colonial Dames of Wisconsin.
    Mr. Cameron attended the Wesley Academy at
Lima, N. Y., also the Genesee Academy. He was ad-
mitted to the Bar in Buffalo and practised law in Roch-
ester, N. Y., thus he was fully prepared for the honors
which the State of Wisconsin bestowed upon him and
which were graciously shared by Mrs. Cameron. Mr.
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