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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Alice Baily Gorst,   pp. 101-102 PDF (420.2 KB)


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--            ALICE BAILY GORST
      Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.
    Alice A. Crawford was the oldest child of John B.
and Naomi Wood Crawford of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Mr.
and Mrs. Crawford had established their home in Baraboo
in 1853 and from this source constantly flowed influences
making for the better and higher things. One of the fine
institutions of the town was the Baraboo Female Semi-
nary, under the leadership of Miss Mary Mortimer, which
flourished until the end of the Civil War. Miss Mortimer
later became President of Milwaukee College. Mr. Craw-
ford was one of the trustees of this seminary and there
daughter Alice received her early education.
    After graduating from the Baraboo High School in
1872, Alice entered the Sophomore class at the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin and was graduated in 1875. There she
met William H. Baily of Iowa, an honor graduate of the
class of 1873. His ancestors in several lines rendered dis-
tinguished service in the Revolutionary and Colonial
Wars.
    After teaching in the Baraboo High School, Alice A.
Crawford was married to William H. Bailey in 1878.
They established their home in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where
Mr. Baily had begun the practice of law, having been
graduated from the Iowa Law School of Iowa University
in 1875. Here they remained until 1884, exerting with
great enthusiasm all their influence for the best things
and forces in that pioneer community. In 1884 they
moved to Des Moines, Iowa where Mr. Baily soon took
his place as a leading attorney of that city and the state.
    Mrs. Baily was a charter member of the Abigail
Adams Chapter of the D. A. R., and was admitted to the
National Society as member 3345; this chapter was or-
ganized early in the history of the D. A. R. movement.
Alice Crawford Baily served two terms as Regent of the
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