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

Sturtevant, Gene
[Susanna Alden Richards Van Valkenburg],   pp. [unnumbered]-69 PDF (1.3 MB)


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    As a result of her experience in the civil war, Mrs.
Van Valkenburg has been identified with patriotic socie-
ties. She has filled important offices in the Women's Re-
lief Corps, and has been honored by patriotic organiza-
tions of both men and women. The recently organized
local Camp of the Daughters of Civil War Veterans has
conferred upon her the title of "Mother." She is a mem-
ber of Oshkosh Chapter National Society Daughters of
the American Revolution.
    The story of Mrs. Van Valkenburg would be in-
complete without mention of an art, which in her has
reached perfection.  From  her earliest childhood, a
'clever needle woman, she had achieved marvelous skill
in lace making. She has no peer in America and prob-
ably no equal in the skill, with which she creates her
-needle point lace. Wrought with finest needle and
thread procurable, her work has aroused the admiration
of the lace experts of this country. She rarely sells her
lace, but on one occasion, tempted by the persuasions of
the purchaser, she parted with a bertha of exquisite de-
sign, the price received, being fully as large, as would
have been paid for a piece of imported lace of similar
beauty. Her patterns are original and her clever fingers
weave ferns, flowers and butterflies on backgrounds of
wondrous fineness.
    Shortly after the World War, her attention having
been drawn to the dire straits of the lacemakers of Bel-
gium and the efforts of the Belgium Queen to better their
condition, she conceived the idea of presenting the Queen
with a collar and cuffs of her handiwork. The presenta-
tion was arranged through the Belgium consul, and a
gracious acknowledgement of the gift was received.
Feeling then, that it was but fitting that the first lady of
America should be likewise remembered, she designed a
collar to be presented to Mrs. Warren G. Harding, which
she sent the following letter, at the time when Mrs.
Harding was ill:
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