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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Stewart, Lillian Kimball
Rose C. Swart,   pp. 144-147 PDF (832.0 KB)


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her insight into the mental processes of children, her
grasp of the essentials of any subject, her patience, her
skill, her zeal and her determination enabled her to do re-
markable work in the way of fitting young men and wom-
en to go forth into the schools of Wisconsin and fulfill the
high responsibilities of a teacher. During a quarter of
a century every student who graduated from the Oshkosh
Normal School came under her influence. She helped
them to obtain knowledge, to understand children, and
to love teaching. She gave them high ideals; she in-
spired them to work for those ideals. They went from
her into every state in the Union. They exemplified her
teaching in thousands of communities. They have come
back to the old school from the uttermost parts of the
earth, bringing to her their tributes of praise and grati-
tude. Nor has she lacked formal and public testimonials
to her distinguished service. In 1896 the State Univer-
sity conferred upon her the honary degree of Master
of Arts. In 1898 the teachers of Wisconsin elected her
president of the State Teachers' Association.
    Although Miss Swart has been primarily an educator,
her life has never run in one groove. She has been acti-
vely interested in politics and religion, literature and
art, child welfare and woman suffrage. She is a charter
member of the Twentieth Century Club of Oshkosh, and
has long been a member of the Oshkosh Chapter, Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution. For many years her
constant companion was her sister, Mary, Mrs. W. M.
DeLong, a woman of rare intellect, who became a minis-
ter of the Universalist Church. Her thought, like Miss
Swart's was always in advance of her time. Both of
them espoused the cause of woman suffrage in the time
of Susan B. Anthony, and Miss Swart did notable work
for that cause just before the passage of the nineteenth
amendment.
    To her friends Rose C. Swart is best known as the
gracious and hospitable mistress of a delightful home.
Severe illness came to her in 1922, which she bore with
fortitude and an abiding will to get well. Her health is
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