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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Johnston, W. H.
Mrs. John F. Johnston,   pp. 39-41 PDF (581.1 KB)

McCafferty, Mrs.
Imogene St. John McCafferty,   pp. 41-47 PDF (1.4 MB)

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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
    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.
     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-

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