Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Van Auken, Lillian H.
Mrs. Mary Baker Cameron, pp. 60-62 PDF (628.3 KB)
composition, disregard of rythme, or straining for rythme. With her to the making of books there was no end, until she collapsed. It is doubtful if anyone knows the names of all her published poems. They were a great multitude a d everyone found ardent admirers-and critics. The world is better because Ella Wheeler Wilcox lived. This biography was written by the brother of Ella Wh tler Wilcox, M. P. Wheeler, Company "G," 29th Wisconsin Volunteers, Windsor, Wisconsin. -- MRS. MARY BAKER CAMERON Author-Lillian H. Van Aukes LaCrosse ........ ...... ..... ........ ...............2..I.3.U.~If.i U............. Mary Baker Cameron came to La Crosse in the year of 1857, a bride of a year, having been married on February 21, 1856 to Angus Cameron at Urbana, Steuben County, N. Y., and they both entered heart and soul into the activities of this rapidly growing village. She came of Revolutionary stock, her father, William Baker, was the son of Judge Samuel Baker, a soldier, who served with distinction in the Revolutionary War and who settled in Urbana in 1790. Her mother was of Dutch descent and a cousin of President Martin Van Buren. Her Col- onial ancestor who entitled her to become a Colonial Dame was Thomas Topping, who was a member of the first council of the first governor of the colony of New York and was an assistant of the General Court of Con- necticut in 1678 and 1684. She belonged to the Colonial Dames of New York and was made the first Vice-Presi- dent of the Colonial Dames of Wisconsin. Mr. Cameron attended the Wesley Academy at Lima, N. Y., also the Genesee Academy. He was ad- mitted to the Bar in Buffalo and practised law in Roch- ester, N. Y., thus he was fully prepared for the honors which the State of Wisconsin bestowed upon him and which were graciously shared by Mrs. Cameron. Mr. 60
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