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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Julia Frances Mayers Corscot,   pp. 160-162 PDF (646.0 KB)


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active interest in the Chautauqua circle work known as
the C. L. S. C. and graduated in the course with the class
of 1892. Possessed of a fine mind she was deeply inter-
ested in educational work. With her father, Major
Charles G. Mayers, who was one of the founders of the
Madison Literary Society she frequently attended its
meetings.
    She was the first Librarian of the Madison Institute,
the forerunner of the Madison Free Library. It was
then housed on the second floor of the City Hall. Here
she wrought a powerful influence in the molding of the
character of the young people and in inspiring the readers
with a desire for the best literature.
    On October 2, 1871 she was married to John H. Cor-
scot, for twenty-one years City Clerk, an Alderman in the
Common Council in 1865-1866 and Mayor of the City of
Madison from 1893 to 1895 inclusive. Taking up her resi-
dence in the East End of the city, then sparsely settled,
she devoted much of her time to the culture of flowers
which she freely gave to her friends and neighbors.
    At this time the Wisconsin State Horticultural So-
ciety was founded, she and her husband being among the
charter members. Exhibits were held in the Assembly
Chamber of the State Capitol Building, premiums being
offered, and these were looked to as among the social
affairs of that day. Frequently she exhibited flowers and
acted as judge at the State and Dane County Fairs. At
that time both of these fairs were held on the grounds
now known as Camp Randall and used during the Civil
War as a rendezvous for soldiers departing for service.
    Among her friends and neighbors she ever lent a
helping hand. For many years she was an active worker
in the Madison Benevolent Society, a charitable organiza-
tion supported by the voluntary contributions of the citi-
zens. Her home was one where great hospitality of the
genuine old fashioned type was dispensed. Because of
her genial nature and especial qualifications she was call-
ed upon to be the first Presiding Officer df a Chapter of
the Order of the Eastern Star organized in Madison in
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