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Jones, Alice Waters
Mrs. Cynthia Foote Conkey,   pp. 147-148 PDF (384.9 KB)


Jones, Alice Waters
Alice Foote Conkey,   pp. 148-149 PDF (369.8 KB)


Page 148


    Early in 1861 Theodore Conkey volunteered his ser-
vices in the war for the suppression of the Rebellion. He
was chosen Captain of Company "I", Third Wisconsin
Cavalry, and was immediately assigned to active duty on
our then western frontier, where, during the ensuing five
years he often encountered savages of bronzed and white
skins.
    Mrs. Conkey shared with her husband, during two
summers in Kansas, the perils and privations of war.
Under his tutelage she became an expert horsewoman,
and, many and thrilling were the experiences she had in
the tented field. Undoubtedly she could add much of in-
terest to Mrs. Custer's Boots and Saddles were she so in-
clined.
    (Excerpt from Biographical Record of Fox River
Valley Pub. 1895.)
                    Appleton Chapter D. A. R.
             ALICE FOOTE CONKEY
-        Author-Mrs. Alice Waters Jones
                      Appleton
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    Alice Foote Conkey, at the tender age of six weeks,
was brought to Appleton by her parents, arriving by
canoe boat from Fond du Lac, in July, 1849. Her father,
Theodore Conkey was senator from the first district in
1850. Her mother, Cynthia Byrd (Foote) Conkey, was
of true Pilgrim stock, her ancestors having crossed the
Atlantic in the Mayflower.
    Mr. and Mrs. Conkey had three children: Alice
Foote, Edward (deceased) and Helen Byrd, who was
married to Lyman Eddy Barnes, August 18, 1880. Miss
Alice, the eldest, grew to womanhood 'midst pioneer Ap-
pleton. She was graduated from Lawrence College in
1868, and later from Vassar College, and for two years
taught mathematics in Northwestern University. She
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