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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Wolters, Flora Spencer
Mrs. Rhoda McKoon Spencer,   pp. 115-116 PDF (386.3 KB)


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meetings. She had a splendid memory so that she could
entertain by reciting poetry or telling stories of olden
times. Her only surviving relative is a great-gandson
She was buried in Rienzi Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Wis-
consin.
...
-      MRS. RHODA McKOON SPENCER               C
           Author-Flora Spencer Wolters
                      Appleton
    Miss Rhoda McKoon was married April 23, 1840, to
Elihu Spencer, in the town of Butler, Wayne County,
New York.
    Rhoda Spencer traced her ancestry to Roger Wil-
liams, the first settler of Rhode Island, and to Martin
Luther, the German Reformer, she being of the seventh
generation from the former and the thirteenth from the
latter.
    In the fall of 1845, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer, with their
three children, emigrated to Wisconsin, settling in what
is now Waukesha County, and in 1853, removing to Ap-
pleton and locating near Appleton Junction.
    Six children were born, of whom two are living:
Hulda, who married A. F. Bounds, they having two child-
ren, Florence and Hattie, and Flora, who married B. C.
Wolter. They have two children living, Mabel and
Robert.
    Mrs. Spencer's father, the Rev. William McKoon,
belonged to the old time Circuit Rider class and conse-
quently his family were reared in a strictly religious at-
mosphere, as well as one of great frugality. This environ-
ment developed a strength of character which proved a
great asset to her in her pioneer life in a new country.
She was given to hospitality, and no poor wayfarer was
ever turned away from her door empty-handed. Those
old pioneers had a wonderful capacity for enlarging their
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