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

Scott, Jessie, Mrs.
Jane Powers Walker,   pp. 55-56 PDF (377.6 KB)


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grain and vegetables. The mother managed the house-
hold, spun yarn to knit the supply of socks and mittens,
carded wool for the blankets, and homespun clothing,
pieced quilts, covered lambs wool for comforts, and made
all garments by hand, and much by candlelight. Candles
were dipped, strings of apples were prepared for drying,
currants and corn dried, and quantities of meat salted,
and smoked, feathers were saved and made into big beds
for comfort, also corn husks were dried and used in ticks
for mattresses.
    In this hospitable home, many preachers and
strangers were entertained, at times the house resembled
an inn, for the visitors. The pastimes of the period con-
sisted largely of arguments on religion, going to "pound"
or "donation" parties and a lodge to which all farmers
belonged, called the "Grange."
    Sunday meetings and prayer meeting were often
held in this home to which all were welcome.
    Mrs. Walker was a woman of strong religious tem-
perment, and great benevolence. Always interested in
political events, she kept up on topics of the day, and
lived to the grand old age of ninety-six years. Being an
Original Daughter, she became a member of the society,
Daughters of the American Revolution, and was present-
ed with a gold spoon by the National Chapter.  Her
grave is marked by the insignia of the Chapter.
                      * * * *
    Jane Powers Walker joined the Fort Atkinson Chapter two
years after it was organized, and before Waupun had a chapter.
She visited the Fort Atkinson Chapter when she was 92 years
old and we listened to her stories of those early long ago days.
Her eyes shown and her face glowed with enthusiasm as she
told in easy flowing language of her early experiences.
    Mrs. Walker was very clever with her needle and presented
the Fort Atkinson Chapter with afine piece of hand York, which
the Chapter had framed. She also embroidered a ]Flece which
she sent to President Roosevelt. At the age of 95 her sight
began to fail and she died at 96.
                      FLORENCE C. DEXHEIMER.
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