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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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of the League of Women Voters. Although not actively
engaged in her profession, due to lack of physical
strength the past few years, she retains her active mem-
bership in the Oshkosh Business Woman's Club. She is
a church woman, a member of Trinity Episcopal church.
"Her children arise up and call her blessed." My sister
says "Many years of my life have been spent away from
our mother, but with her dear face always before me.
You, who have been with her daily, have been accorded a
blessed privilege. That her children love her devotedly is
only paying her a part of the reward she so richly de-
serves. As I look back upon my childhood at home, I
can see only a ray of sunlight shining down the years.
All tlit is best in me, I owe to my mothers
    Did space permit, how interesting it would be to
recount the incidents related by my mother of her early
days. The spelling and singing s  Iols she attended,
the sleigh rides and the old time Pnc .ossd parties; the
husking bees; and then, the womenworkthe baking,
the preserving, the drying of fruits an  n, the candle
dipping and the chui-ing and cheese making. The spin-
ning, the knitting and the sewing, the quilting parties
and so on down to modern days, with their clubs and so-
cial functions. Tp appropriate a thought, often expressed
by my mother, ';t is a wonderful experience to have lived
in this age. To have seen the marvelous developments
and inventions, from firelight and candles to the glow of
electric lights; from the ox cart and covered wagon to
railways, automobiles and airships; to know of the magic
of radio and of the healing wonders of science. One is
thankful just to have lived !"
    And so, animated by that indomitable spirit which
has upheld her all her days, she faces with sweetness and
dignity the sunset of her life, reaping the harvest of rich
frindships from those to whom she pays this tribute-
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