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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Jennings, Nettie
Jane Jennings,   pp. 18-21 PDF (827.3 KB)


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    She never lost interest in her state or her home town.
She was interested in every project that had an uplift
to it. She was interested in the schools, and served on
the school board, she was called to Madison a number of
times when the legislature was in session for consulta-
tion on educational matters. She believed in the prac-
tical education that would lead to useful development
and not the theoretical kind; she believed in community
interest for all the children and their education. Her
great sympathy was always with the poor and down-
trodden and believed 99 per cent of unfortunates were
victims of circumstances.
    She believed the Red Cross was one of the greatest
blessings given to humanity; she also believed that Clara
Barton was the founder of the Red Cross in America.
She and Miss Barton were devoted friends for many
years. She taught and demonstrated First Aid to all
ages from ten years to thirty years.
    In 1910 she published two books, one the "Blue and
the Gray," the other "Abraham Lincoln, the Greatest
American." The latter named book was from the depths
of her heart, she cherished the memory of Lincoln with
great devotion; she thought him one destined by God to
do a great mission, he was her ideal of an American.
    Jane Jennings was always a busy woman. She
looked upon idleness as a sin, industry a virtue, work a
blessing that all might share. Reading was recreation
for her, and especially newspapers. She believed a good
newspaper was a great educator, and every home should
have one for the family to read, it kept them in touch
with the topics of the day. She never lost interest in
government affairs, she was 100 per cent pure American.
    The beginning of her last illness was in Monroe,
July 7, 1915. One of her sisters came from Washington
and remained with her until October, when she had suffi-
ciently recovered to make the trip to Washington, here
she was given every attention and comfort to be had.
She died December 30, 1917. She is buried in Green-
wood Cemetery, Monroe, Wisconsin.
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