Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Johnston, W. H.
Mrs. John F. Johnston, pp. 39-41 PDF (581.1 KB)
with her this past week, and the only request she made was not to flatter her when I wrote this little sketch, so I can't say half what I think about her. During these years a fortune was accumulated by these pioneers. Mr. Truax died March 18, 1909. The past fifteen years Mrs. Truax has given thousands of dollars to various organizations, and has the great privi- lege of knowing the joy and pleasure it is giving to others. She is a member of the First Congregational Church where her greatest interest lies and which has received large gifts from her, also the Endeavor Academy near Portage, Northfield Academy and College at Ash- land. Every Protestant church in this community has received a substantial gift as well as the Luther Hospital and Young Men's Christian Association. Her gifts range from one thousand to twenty-five thousand dollars at one time. Mrs. Truax will be ninety-four years old March, 1924. Mrs. Truax died ten days after she gave the inter- view for this paper. MRS. JOHN F. JOHNSTON Author-Her son, W. H. Johnston Appleton H................. ..................................I................... Mrs. John F. Johnston, pioneer, and first white wom- an to arrive and settle in Appleton, Wisconsin, was born June 7, 1826, at Jay, Essex County, New York; daughter of Isaac and Martha Finch. Her father was one of the prominent men of that section, a state senator and member of congress. She came west to visit her sister, Mrs. 0. P. Clinton, at Menasha, Wisconsin, where she met and married John F. Johnston, March 26, 1846, at Neenah, Wisconsin, in the old council chamber, by the Rev. 0. P. Clinton. It 39
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