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

Rogan, May
Marcia Hammond Baldwin,   pp. 120-123 PDF (836.1 KB)


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from the stones, hummocks and pitch holes of that early
trail were hard to endure. The little girls and men pre-
ferred to walk most of the way through the shady woodas
and flower-carpeted prairie. Next day by an even less
traveled trail they reached their new home southwest
of Mukwonago. Here they found themselxes the fortu-
nate possessors of a quite commodious log house of four
rooms.
    A spring of clear, cold water near the house was
hailed with delight. Before long this spring became a
source of terror for the children and much anxiety to the
parents, as it was a long established resting place for
traveling Indians. The time of open hostility was past,
but they were still regarded with suspicion and vigilance
by the settlers. A much traveled trail crossed the farm
past the spring, and in spring and fall large bands passed
along it from camp to camp. Often Mrs. Hammond look-
ed up to see their coppery faces pressed against the
window panes or a blanketed figure in the doorway. Be-
ing a courageous woman she was too wise to show fear,
and a gift of doughnuts or bread would generally send
the visitors on their way. After a while they were not
greatly feared, but were always avoided when possible.
The next year Mr. Hammond built a frame house for his
family and the log house became a haven for newcomers
to that locality, while building their own homes.
    The children were taught at home until a small
 district school was built several years later which they
 attended. Owing to a dearth of regular teachers, Marcia
 suddenly found herself at thirteen, appointed to that
 situation. Pride and consternation were about equally
 divided in her mind, but she rose to the occasion and
 taught two terms; many of the pupils being older than
 herself. When sixteen she was sent to boarding school
 at the Janesville Academy, living in the home of the
 Principal, A. C. Spicer. After a year or so there she
 spent two years at Milton Academy (now Milton Col-
 lege). Her parents moved to Eagle about that time and
 she was married at that place to A. Webster Baldwin of
 Milton, October 15, 1856. Mr. Baldwin was a graduate
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