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

West, Georgia A.
Mrs. Arabella Locke,   pp. 88-89 PDF (398.4 KB)


Alexander, Lewis M., Mrs.
Frances J. Morrill,   pp. 89-94 PDF (1.2 MB)


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in the World War, expressing great joy at the outcome of
the war, the downfall of liquor and equal suffrage for all.
She took great delight in voting for President Harding.
She has lived during the lives of every president but
Washington. Mrs. Locke is one of the last survivors
of the pioneer women who helped their husbands make
farms of a wilderness. She worked hard during her life
making a home and raising a family. She lived not only
long but well.
              FRANCES J. MORRILL
          Author-Mrs. Lewis M. Alexander
-                Wisconsin Rapids
    Frances J. Morrill was born in the little New Eng-
land town of Canaan, in the month of May, in the year
1829. Here she lived her early school-girl years, among
the Green Mountains of Vermont. Her parents, Levi
and Serena Morrill, were thrifty New England stock of
English ancestry.
    In tracing her D. A. R. history, it was found very
difficult at a certain point to keep the line. Upon closer
investigation, the cause was found to be a strain of Quak-
er blood, they not believing in war. The line weakened,
but was picked up again through one "backslider", who
strengthened the line considerably.
    Her father owned and operated a sawmill, which
was considered in those days a mill of much importance.
The family consisted of four sons and one daughter.
    In her early days the newspaper was quite different
from that of today-being full of beautiful ideals and
thoughts from the pen of the early poets of her day-
Emerson, Whittier, Longfellow and others. She was
naturally very fond of reading, being passionately fond
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