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

Janes, Jennie
Mrs. Arthur M. Janes,   pp. 22-25 PDF (830.7 KB)


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       There was one party that stands out vividly in my
   memory. It was composed of four ministers, each one
   from a different state. Of all the people we entertained
   I think they were the most appreciative. I can clearly
   remember the wonderful catch of speckled trout they
   made, and how proud they were of their skill as fisher-
   men. But what has been the most happy memory of their
   visit, was the little service they held in our dining room,
   the Sunday they were with us. There were just those
   four ministers and our family, including three or four
   of our help. The lesson, one of them read, was the sixth
   chapter of St. Matthew. It has always been one of my
   favorite chapters since that time.
       I think I am safe in saying this was one of the first
   religious services held in the Langlade County, long be-
   fore it was a county, and that "The Log Cabins" was the
   first summer resort of Northern Wisconsin.
       In recalling those days I am reminded of how boun-
/tifully nature had provided for the early settlers. People
   could have lived and planned a well balanced diet from
   the wild game and fruits of the plains and forests. Only
   for the Indians we would have reaped little benefit from
   these provisions of nature, but they were glad to trade
   for the supplies father kept in a well filled storehouse. We
   had only to order venison, partridge, trout or other wild
   meats or fish to have them promptly delivered.
 /    During the berry season it was nothing unusual to
   see a caravan of Indian ponies drive into our yard, each
   burdened with a box on either side of blueberries or
   blackberries. They also brought us in their seasons
   cranberries, wild plums and grapes.
       In the spring of the year we purchased maple sugar
   from them. They made their sugar like the brown sugar
   of commerce today, in a granulated form and we melted
   and cleaned it for syrup. We not only used it ourselves
   but sent hundreds of pounds to friends and others of the
/ cities who ordered through us. They sold it in containers
   made of birch bark and in any size from five to fifty
   pounds. The Indians called these containers moocoks.
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