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

Sturtevant, Gene
Susa Viletta Humes Sturtevant,   pp. 130-135 PDF (1.4 MB)


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    In March, 1862, she came to Oshkosh to reside with
her older brother and to attend high school. At the an-
nual exercises which closed the school year, Susa Humes
read an original poem, evoked by the Civil war, which
touched a patriotic chord in its hearers and which was
eagerly sought for publication. From this, her first ap-
pearance in an Oshkosh newspaper, for more than sixty
years she has been identified with the press. Always
with the courage of her convictions, sound as to judg-
ment, broad minded and tolerant, her pen has ever been
instrumental in moulding public opinion toward the es-
tablishment of civic improvements and progressive meas-
ures. A contemporary has written of her thus: "Mrs. Stur-
tevant is exceedingly clever, intelligent, public-spirited,
patriotic and moved always by the noblest motives." In
addition to journalistic work, she is the author of many
beautiful poems, a limited number of her particular fav-
orites being issued in a small volume entitled "Heart
Echoes." Her short stories have found a ready sale, and
travel letters descriptive of western Canada and the Unit-
ed States, are worthy of special mention. She was for
some years Associate Editor of "The Messenger", pub-
lished by J. Wythe Coolidge, at Baldwinsville, Mass.
    To go back to her girlhood days, while still a student
at the high school, with her usual ambition, she presented
herself before the first county superintendent of schools
of Winnebago county, for teachers' examination, and ac-
quitted herself with flying colors. Teachers being in de-
mand, she was offered a position and taught for several
terms in the country schools of Winnebago county. Lat-
er she accepted a position in the Punhoqua school in Osh-
kosh and remained there until her marriage which oc-
curred on December 1, 1864, when she became the wife
of John Hadley Sturtevant, a resident of Oshkosh, in
which city they have since resided. She is the mother of
four children, two of whom survive, Mrs. Ward Gavett of
Detroit, Michigan and Emma Eugenia Sturtevant of Osh-
kosh, Wisconsin.
    Deeply patriotic, during three wars, my mother not
only did her "bit" but her best. Two of her brothers were
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