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

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


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and existing by fishing and hunting. These come no
more. Like our noble forests, they have passed away
forever. Like the music of the great rapids, and the cat-
aracts of the river, they sing no more, because industry
has harnessed their music into units of power.
    Great interest was taken in the new saw-mill, built
in 1854 on the bank of the Wisconsin River, in front of
the present Frank Brazeau home in Port Edwards, this
being the second mill built on the Wisconsin River and
the third in the State. The great diversion of an after-
noon was to go and see the rafts of lumber being built
and watching them drop off from their frame down into
the river, to start on their long water journey to the
Mississippi River. This was a thrilling sight and one
that would be much sought after nowadays, could it be
obtained. And there was the joy in the springtime of
overseeing the making of the great kettles of soft soap,
which was really the "spring opening", to be sure, and a
great row of them was to be seen, all along the line of
the street.
    Here in the little village of French Town, now called
Port Edwards, (in honor of John Edwards, Sr., who was
the early settler and owned much of the town and the
timberlands about the section) her little family of four
children were born, three daughters and a son. Only one
child lived, Mrs. Lewis M. Alexander, who now owns
the original home built in 1867 as her summer home.
    Mrs. Edwards moved to Milwaukee with her daugh-
ter later to live, and she wrote two books of poems,
"Almond Blossoms" and "Reminiscences", when over 75
years of age. In 1898, she moved to DeFuniak Springs,
Florida, to live there three years, then changing her resi-
dence to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she built a home.
     During all these years she was a deep lover of read-
ing and study, and finished the Chautauqua (New York)
course and then later the Post-Graduate Chautauqua
course, being presented with a diploma and having the
honor of walking through the Golden Gate at Chautau-
qua, New York, after finishing her post-graduate work, at
the age of 81 years.
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