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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Julia Anne Darst Conover,   pp. 162-163 PDF (412.4 KB)


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1874. This, however, was disbanded soon after its or-
ganization, by the Grand Master, who ordered all Chap-
ters to disband. Again in 1849 when Monona Chapter
No. 50, E. S. was formed she was chosen its first Worthy
Matron and presided for three and a half years. In
1894-1895 she was a Grand Officer of the Order of the
Eastern Star in Wisconsin. On the occasion of the only
meeting of the National Education Association ever held
in Madison she worked untiringly as a member of the
Woman's Entertainment Committee.
    She was brought up in the Episcopal Church, being
a Sunday School pupil, teacher and later for several years
was President of the Ladies Guild of Grace Episcopal
Church. Her death occurred March 10, 1908 at her home
in Madison.
................  .... ... .. . .........................
         JULIA ANNE DARST CONOVER
 -     Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.
 .................I..... ..........................I.....I................................I........
.
    Julia Anne Darst, daughter of John and Rachel Wil-
liams Darst, was born on a farm on Lost Creek near
Troy, Ohio. Her father was a German Baptist minister,
although his ancestors on the father's side were probably
of the French Hugenots, who came into Scotland and
later into Ireland. From Ireland the first Darst, Paul
by name, came to this country with Lord Baltimore.
    Julia Darst passed her girlhood and young woman-
 hood in Dayton, Ohio, as it was impossible in those days
 to obtain an education in the country. On November 28,
 1849, she was married to Obadiah M. Conover and came
 with him to Wisconsin. After a short sojourn in Mil-
 waukee, they removed to Madison where Mr. Conover
 became a member of the University Faculty, first as tutor,
 then as professor of Ancient Languages and Literature.
     Mrs. Conover became an active and useful influence
 in the social life of the University and of the little frontier
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