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

Pioneer women Racine,   pp. 35-37 PDF (604.5 KB)


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1825 she accepted her brother's invitation to make her
home in Port Gilbert, (present Racine) and she and her
three young daughters arrived here August 4, 1835.
    Mrs. Milligan lived in Racine until 1874, when she
moved to Shawano, Wisconsin, where she died June 10,
1877, aged 85 years and 6 months. She was one of the
first members of the first Baptist church in Racine, and
retained her membership here until she died.
    The other three ladies were the daughters of Mrs.
Milligan, who came with her to Racine in 1835. Mrs.
Sprague was twice married, her first husband being a
Mr. Parsons.
    Miss Helen Milligan was born in New York, May
17, 1829, and died three or four years ago at the Pro-
testant Home for the aged, at Milwaukee.
    Caroline Milligan Knapp was the wife of Robert
Knapp, son of Gilbert Knapp. Robert Knapp was for
many years an official of the Racine and Mississippi rail-
road, during which time they lived in Racine; for a time
in what is now the McNitt house in Main street, between
Seventh and Eighth, and later for many years in a house
directly back of it on Wisconsin Street. They had two
sons, Robert and Gilbert.
    Mrs. Sarah Milligan (Grandma Milligan) was known
to all Shawano; (when I went there as a bride) as
"Grandma". We had no trained nurses in that day, and
though too feeble to do much, never was there a serious
case of illness in which her advice was not given. Cane
in hand she was on the street each morning-interested
in everything that happened-ready with a helpful word
for every emergency, or a comforting one if the occas-
ion was sorrow.
    She possessed a keen sense of humor. I remember
when one of her relatives was expecting a visit from her
betrothed, and Grandma Milligan thought she was giving
too many directions about his reception-the manner
with which she stood in the doorway-spreading her
skirts, and saying, "Here comes the great Mogul."
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