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

Gottschalk, Mabel
Susan Bender McFarland,   pp. 69-71 PDF (618.1 KB)


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out her lifetime in Wisconsin Rapids took an active part
in social and religious activities.
    Having lived in or near Wisconsin Rapids for sixty
eight years Mrs. McFarland became very well known
and took a prominent part in all Old Settlers' activities;
for nearly forty years was an active member of the Me-
thodist Episcopal Church, and also belonged to and
worked faithfully in the Ladies Aid Society, the Mission-
ary Society, the Rainbow Chapter No. 87, 0. E. S., hold-
ing all the important offices, and of the Adawagam Chap-
ter D. A. R., of which she served as Chaplain.
    In the spring of 1922 following attacks of tonsillitis
and neuritis, Mrs. McFarland's heart became affected
and though competent physicians tried to cure, dropsy
set in and she was called suddenly to the World Beyond,
January 2, 1924. She had lived as she wished fairly
active to the end. Her husband's death occurred July 3,
1912.
    Mrs. McFarland was the mother of five children, the
first three dying in early childhood, the fourth is Mabel,
the wife of A. F. Gottschalk, a prominent merchant and
real estate man of Wisconsin Rapids. The fifth child is
Robert Ernest, who makes his home with his wife in
Chicago, and Newark, New Jersey, where he is em-
ployed by the Western Electric Company.
    There are also three grand children, Robert, Edith
and Jerry Gottschalk.
    In pioneer days Mrs. McFarland endured many
hardships but endured them all with fortitude and cheer-
ful spirits, looking forward to better times in the future,
which she had the happiness to see and has effectively
done her own part of the work which has developed the
community where she lived into what it is today. The
dearest memories and interests in her life were centered
in the city and county in which she lived. The memory
of Mrs. McFarland as an ideal woman highly respected
and greatly beloved will live long in the community.
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