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

Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Anna Wealthy Moody Flack,   pp. 118-120 PDF (581.8 KB)


Page 119


    "In 1863, by invitation, I went to Madison, taking
some of my pupils with me. Dismayed at the closing of
the Genoa school, my patrons erected a large two story
frame building for me, upon a bluff overlooking the town
and beautiful Lake Geneva. The school was established
and named Lake Geneva Seminary. The school had
greatly increased in number, so that I was obliged to
have assistants. I have come not to talk but to take you
by hand."
    The school continued from 1859.
    The writer will now give a personal reminiscence.
    It is August, 1865, a girl just thirteen is joyously
picking hops with a bevy of boys and girls on a large
farm in North Geneva. All are striving to fill a box first.
    A double-seated "democrat" looms in view, a famil-
iar form appears. The voice says, "Nettie, you must
come at once with me, next week, Miss Moody's school
session begins and you are to atend her school. Good-
bye girls. The thrill of the years has begun. Miss Moody
as she appeared was a tall, slender brunette. Her move-
ments were extremely graceful. Her dark eyes sparkled
with brilliancy. Her face wore smiles. Her voice was
soft and gentle.
    I was a little girl lost in a crowd of young men and
women and must sit on the front seat. This was a point
of advantage to observe all the movements of the teach-
ers.
    Mary Allen (Mrs. Hiram Curtis), Frank Allen, (Mrs.
Cheever), with her dancing brown curls, and Miss Cath-
erine Lily, were able assistants. Of that school, daytime
was not enough, as in my dreams, I would say aloud,
"It is so; it must be so; Miss Moody says it's so."
    Those were the stirring times of the Civil War per-
iod. We sang songs each day.
    "Ye Harps of Freedom Wake to Glory".
    "Hark, Hark, What Myriads Bid You Rise".
    "On Ye Patriots to the Battle".
    "The Flag of our Union".
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