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

Seraphina Potter,   pp. 105-107 PDF (580.6 KB)


Page 106


      Six years went by without much alteration in the
  life of Seraphina Potter. Then a young physician,
  Charles Rollin Head, found favor in her eyes, and so a
  new home was founded in Albion, and a wider circle of
  duties and interests appeared.
      Even in these days with the assistance of telephone
  and automobile and with myriads of minor conveniences
  the responsibilities of a country doctor's wife are not light
  ones. What they were in primitive conditions when the
  practitioner was truly "all things to all men" and women
  and children-can only be known to those who endured
  and rose to their demands. The preparation of long de-
/ layed meals, the care or entertainment of half-sick pat-
  ients who must wait at "the house-office" for the return
  of its owner, the soothing of terrified messengers who
  bore the intelligence of illness or accident, the impress-
  ment of the rare passer-by to post 'the black bridge' or
  the Smith's shop with 'a hurry call' notice, played their
  part in the-weekly round of tasks in Mrs. Head's pathway.
      Church, too, had its requirements cheerefully ful-
  filled-and education must be advanced. Just as true as
  that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church
  is the thought that by the sacrifices of our pioneers was
  paved the road leading from the log school house to the
  stately institution of learning. The well known history
  of Albion Academy is a large part of the story of the
  life of Mrs. Head. During its forty years of active exis-
  tence, and in accord with her husband who was con-
  tinuously the president of its board of trustees she minis-
  tered to its instructors and students with such wisdom
  and affection that its graduates, among whom are men of
  every calling in life still delight to do her honor.
      Two years ago the late Senator Knute Nelson mem-
  oralized her birthday by a gift of a brooch set with dia-
  monds and pearls. A beautiful offering gladly received;
  but dearer to her was the message of affection and good
  wishes written by the 'poor boy' whe read in her library.
      A life worth living. A rich life, too. For special
  peace and privilege come to one who bore the heat and
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