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

Kent, Antoinette Cowles
Mrs. Mary Wadham Hunt,   pp. 151-156 PDF (1.2 MB)


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eral towns along the lake. I remember the coming of
Sullivan's Army that was sent to punish the Indians for
massacre in Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania. In 1823 I
crossed the lake from Buffalo to Detroit on the third
steamboat, second to cross the lake, ever built. I went
as far as Marinac Island. I distinctly remember Commo-
dore Perry's battle against the British and the defeat of
Napoleon at Waterloo. Because of Puritan sentiment at
that time, I never saw a Christmas celebration until 1813,
when I was allowed to peek in on a celebration by the
Episcopalians when I was in school at Litchfield. Thaniks-
giving was the great home-coming day; but New Years
was the high spot of society life. It was the day for
'calls'. Wine was freely served. The last time our fam-
ily served wine on the occasion, the young people showed
so plainly the hilarious effects of the frequent libations
that our family decided to use coffee henceforth on 'That
Day'."
    Because of no school privileges at Mount Morris,
Mary Wadhams and her sister were sent to school at
Goshen and later at Litchfield, Connecticut. Harriet
Beecher and Henry Ward were their playmates. The
Misses Pierce school where they attended while living in
the Edwards family (Presbyterians) was the second
ladies seminary established in the United States.
    While at Litchfield she saw the stocks and remains
of gallows still standing. Later a school was established
at Moscow, a little boom town near by Mount Morris, so
the children did not have to be separated from their
home. These were years of great hardship for the un-
complaining mother and the sturdy father farmer. He
transported loads of wheat by wagons over Indian trails
across New York trading it in Connecticut. This journey
required weeks for completion. When the canal was com-
pleted in 1825 there was a great roar of cannons on Lake
Erie's shores as the inhabitants welcomed a swifter mode
of travel. Her father lived to the age of 86, her mother,
97. They aided much in developing the resources of the
pioneer village and its surroundings. The settlers of the
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