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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Mrs. Lucius Fairchild,   pp. 51-54 PDF (828.7 KB)

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the house on Monona Ave., which is still occupied by their
descendants. Mr. Fairchild bought a brick yard which
was not being used and had the bricks made for his
house which he built as nearly as he and his wife could
remember like their house in Cleveland.
    Mrs. Fairchild was devoted to her home and took
great pride in her garden in which she grew all sorts of
vegetables and flowers. It is told of her that she would
get up early and wearing rough clothes join the gardener
at his work for some hours, but would always come in
in time to don her usual neat dress and cap and pour the
coffee at the family breakfast. Her house was always
a gathering place for young and old when her sons were
grown and out in the world they never failed to come
home and visit as often as possible. The eldest son, Lucius
brought his young wife home to live and she has said of
her mother-in-law that she could never have had a better
friend or a more considerate one during the years they
lived under the same roof.
    Mrs. Fairchild lived to see her husband the first
mayor of Madison; first Treasurer of State; and her son
Lucius, clerk of Circuit Court, Colonel of the 2nd Wis-
consin infantry during the Civil War, Secretary of State
in Wisconsin, and finally Governor of Wisconsin. It
was during the time that he was governor that Mrs. Fair-
child died on October 21, 1866.
     Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.
    Frances Bull was born in Detroit, Michigan, on
November 14, 1846. Her ancestry was English. Her
father died when she was very young, leaving his widow
with six small chldren, and n about two years the mother
married Elisha Smith Lee, a New Yorker who was prac-
ticing law in Washington, D. C. Judge Lee was a wid-

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