Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Ferguson, Marcia B.
Mrs. Ellen M. H. Peck, pp. 5-6 ff. PDF (512.8 KB)
was not in Mrs. Peck's vocabulary and she finally suc- ceeded in getting members enough in Milwaukee to form a Chapter which was organized February 14, 1893. She gave to the state ten years of bountiful service. She was a member of the Mayflower descendents and founded the Society and was its first Governor. Also a charter mem- ber of the Colonial Dames in Wisconsin. She founded the Consumers League in Wisconsin with the help of Mrs. Nathan of New York and was instrumental in se- curing Saturday's afternoon closing for the department stores in summer. She was an active member of the Mission Band, a Charitable organization. She was instrumental in start- ing Mrs. Sheldon's History Class-was secretary and treasurer of the Industrial School for girls at different times. Was made chairman of the Biannual of Womans Clubs held in Milwaukee. Wrote without dictation 2500 letters and personally raised $2,000.00 from business men for that Convention. Three trips to Europe gave her a glimpse of other countries, and during the last, she wrote and published a book called "Travels in the Far East." With her incessant public duties, entertainments were frequent, and an open house for all friends. She was extraordinarily business like-had a wonderful mem- ory and no one ever appealed to her in vain. ' On July 17, 1909, Ellen M. Hayes Peck passed on, alone and instantly. Her kind and generous disposition making her uni- versally beloved and being tactful to an unusual degree, every organization to which she belonged felt that it had met with an irreparable loss. 6
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