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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Daly, Grace Balderston
Sarah Janet Wood Balderston,   pp. 7-10 PDF (791.4 KB)


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    Mother saw the Indian trails become paved streets,
the one story shanties grow into brick and stone struc-
tures, the ferry replaced by the toll-bridge, that by the
by the steel bridge-and then the concrete-the ox-cart
give place to the horse, and to see the horse fast losing
his place for the automobile.
    My mother was a constant reader, her mind being
exceptionally keen, and her interest in politics and all
present day happenings was quite remarkable.
    She lived through four wars. The man who became
her husband served in the Mexican war; she was one of
the women who helped make the flag presented to Cap-
tain John Compton's Company serving in the Civil War.
Then came our war with Spain. And her only grandson
served over-seas in the World War.
    Eight children were born to my mother, three of
whom are living. Our house was always open, a stop-
ping place for all our school friends, boys and girls. For
the grandchildren and their school-mates.
    Mother was a true exponent of the word "neighbor",
her willing hands always doing and giving, her cooky-jar
always open to children's hands.
    She was a member of Ah-dah-wa-gam Chapter,
Daughters of American Revolution.
    Possessed of a wonderful memory-she was always
-even to the end, a source of inspiration to those who
came in contact with her.
    On February 2, 1924, she slipped quietly away to
the "far country". And on the 5th of February the
"Neighborhood Grandma" was carried forth from the
little house she entered as a bride nearly seventy-one
years before.
    Carried by the sons of pioneers-whose fathers and
mothers helped make Wisconsin history.
    "She hath done what she could."
    Written by her daughter, Grace Balderston Daly,
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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