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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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    In following the old Military Road, now called
County Trunk Line "A," tourists pass Rice Lake. In
those early days the Indians gathered the wild rice and
through some process of their own invention, they pre-
pared it for table use. We learned to use it and it came
to be one of the favorite dishes on our table. The wild
rice was in its natural state, with the valuable mineral
food elements unchanged.
    I could mention the occasional finding of a bee tree v
from which we gathered many pounds of honey and other
wild foods, that space will not allow me to describe.
    The wilderness was our flower garden. From the
first trailing Arbutus of spring to the last Goldenrod of
autumn, we gathered wild flowers for our table. I have
never since seen some of the flowers we found there.
    It was on February 13, 1879 that I was married to
Arthur Martin Janes, who had become manager of The
Log Cabins since my father had been engaged in the
lumber business. In March of 1882 we moved to Antigo,
Langlade County, Wisconsin, then in its infancy, where
we have since lived.
    I have heard the statement that women's lives are
divided into three periods-the first twenty years to pre-
pare for her life work, the second twenty to the rearing
of her family and the remainder of her life to doing for
others. It proved to be the rule of my life, as my nine
children were born within a period of twenty-two years.
    We have been so blessed in our children. Throu
their varied occupations and interests, life is so broad
and full that we have no time to think of growing old.
    I remember a conversation I took part in some years
ago when the subject under discussion was our ideas of
what heaven would be. Some one quoted a noted Bishop
as saying it was just a continuation of our life in this
world with none of its sadness and suffering. I remem-
ber saying at that time, and still can say, that I could
wish for no greater happiness than to keep on watching
and doing for my loved ones, and lending a helping hand
to whomsoever needed help.
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