Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Alexander, Lewis M., Mrs.
Frances J. Morrill, pp. 89-94 PDF (1.2 MB)
and existing by fishing and hunting. These come no more. Like our noble forests, they have passed away forever. Like the music of the great rapids, and the cat- aracts of the river, they sing no more, because industry has harnessed their music into units of power. Great interest was taken in the new saw-mill, built in 1854 on the bank of the Wisconsin River, in front of the present Frank Brazeau home in Port Edwards, this being the second mill built on the Wisconsin River and the third in the State. The great diversion of an after- noon was to go and see the rafts of lumber being built and watching them drop off from their frame down into the river, to start on their long water journey to the Mississippi River. This was a thrilling sight and one that would be much sought after nowadays, could it be obtained. And there was the joy in the springtime of overseeing the making of the great kettles of soft soap, which was really the "spring opening", to be sure, and a great row of them was to be seen, all along the line of the street. Here in the little village of French Town, now called Port Edwards, (in honor of John Edwards, Sr., who was the early settler and owned much of the town and the timberlands about the section) her little family of four children were born, three daughters and a son. Only one child lived, Mrs. Lewis M. Alexander, who now owns the original home built in 1867 as her summer home. Mrs. Edwards moved to Milwaukee with her daugh- ter later to live, and she wrote two books of poems, "Almond Blossoms" and "Reminiscences", when over 75 years of age. In 1898, she moved to DeFuniak Springs, Florida, to live there three years, then changing her resi- dence to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she built a home. During all these years she was a deep lover of read- ing and study, and finished the Chautauqua (New York) course and then later the Post-Graduate Chautauqua course, being presented with a diploma and having the honor of walking through the Golden Gate at Chautau- qua, New York, after finishing her post-graduate work, at the age of 81 years. 93
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