Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Alexander, Lewis M., Mrs.
Frances J. Morrill, pp. 89-94 PDF (1.2 MB)
in the World War, expressing great joy at the outcome of the war, the downfall of liquor and equal suffrage for all. She took great delight in voting for President Harding. She has lived during the lives of every president but Washington. Mrs. Locke is one of the last survivors of the pioneer women who helped their husbands make farms of a wilderness. She worked hard during her life making a home and raising a family. She lived not only long but well. FRANCES J. MORRILL Author-Mrs. Lewis M. Alexander - Wisconsin Rapids Frances J. Morrill was born in the little New Eng- land town of Canaan, in the month of May, in the year 1829. Here she lived her early school-girl years, among the Green Mountains of Vermont. Her parents, Levi and Serena Morrill, were thrifty New England stock of English ancestry. In tracing her D. A. R. history, it was found very difficult at a certain point to keep the line. Upon closer investigation, the cause was found to be a strain of Quak- er blood, they not believing in war. The line weakened, but was picked up again through one "backslider", who strengthened the line considerably. Her father owned and operated a sawmill, which was considered in those days a mill of much importance. The family consisted of four sons and one daughter. In her early days the newspaper was quite different from that of today-being full of beautiful ideals and thoughts from the pen of the early poets of her day- Emerson, Whittier, Longfellow and others. She was naturally very fond of reading, being passionately fond 89
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