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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Isham, Ruth Wales
Bethania Crandall Dunlap,   pp. 14-16 PDF (599.8 KB)

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                Elkhorn, Wisconsin
          Author-Mrs. Ruth Wales Isham
    Bethania, seventh of nine children of Richard Cran-
dall and Abigail Crane (descendant of Jonathan Crane,
Revolutionary soldier) was born at Burdette, Tompkins
County, New York, December 28, 1829; she was edu-
cated at Courtlandville public school and academy and
taught in the village. Later she attended the normal
school at Albany from which she was graduated with
honor in 1849.
    She came to Walworth County, Wisconsin in 1852.
She then received a certificate from Hon. Charles M.
Baker which admitted her to Wisconsin teachership and
taught in Beloit, Wisconsin.
    December 21,1853 she married Charles Dunlap, then
a resident of North Geneva and their children were born
and raised to maturity there. Her marriage and mother-
hood did not withdraw her wholly from keenly intelli-
gent interest in general reading, special study and the
progress of history-making events; nor did these matters
of the great world beyond her threshold make her a whit
less the helpful wife and careful mother. She neither
sought nor found literary eminence, but she was often
an unknown contributor on such topics of general in-
terest as well befit the pen of a clearly-seeing, kindly-
judging, womanly woman-and on such topics as "In-
consistencies, Enjoyment of Life, The Old Kitchen and
its Influence, Weeds and Work While You Work", are
found among her subjects. For many years she wrote
for the Rural New Yorker.
    She, like the sturdy pioneers worked industriously
and lived plainly, but they were no more averse to
amusements than their descendants are at this day. One
particular enjoyment was the Donation parties which
were held during the winter. Every one went regardless

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