Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Imogene St. John McCafferty, pp. 41-47 PDF (1.4 MB)
forest that gave rest and hope. None were turned away from their door; if the wayfarer could recompense, it was well, if not, it was all the same. Their cabin was hotel, hospital and post office, church and Sunday school room. Elder Sampson arrived October 8th and as soon as Mrs. Johnston learned he was a minister, she arranged for religious services. She was largely instrumental in organizing the Methodist church in Appleton and was very active in church and temperance work, considering it her duty, as well as pleasure to call on all new settlers and help them in every way possible. The Indians were frequent visitors, and generally friendly, and it was not surprising to find some of them lying on the floor when she got up in the morning. After her husband's death, which occurred August 18, 1893, she continued to live in her home on Morrison and Atlantic Streets for several years and then went to Ishpeming, Michigan to live with her son, W. H. John- ston, until her death at the age of 81 years. Her remains were taken to Appleton and buried beside those of her husband. Mrs. Johnston was a devout christian from early girlhood. Later when Appleton had grown to be quite a village and even after its incorporation as a city, she continued her custom of calling on all strangers, no matter to what denomination they belonged. IMOGENE ST. JOHN McCAFFERTY Author-Mrs. McCafferty, Columbus Janesville Chapter Revised by Mrs. Frances Grant Daughter of the first white settler in Janesville. The following narrative was written by Mrs. Mc- 41 1-."
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