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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Julia Frances Mayers Corscot,   pp. 160-162 PDF (646.0 KB)

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      Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.
    Julia Frances Mayers Corscot, wife of John H. Cor-
scot, daughter of Major Charles George Mayers and
Catherine M. Mayers was born in the town of Westport,
near what is now the village of Waunakee, May 31, 1850
At an early age the family moved to Madison. During
her childhood days she resided on the shores of Lake
Monona, and frequently related tales of visits to the Gov-
ernor Farwell home, an octagonal house located on the
bank of Lake Monona, in the 900 Block on Spaight Street.
It was in this building, afterwards known as the Harvey
Hospital, (named in honor of Governor Harvey who lost
his life at Pittsburg Landing during the Civil War) that,
as a school girl, she worked in relief work scraping linen
for lint to relieve the wounded soldiers in the hospital.
It was a great pleasure as a young girl to pay visits to
the War Museium in the State Capitol Building and too
see Old Abe the Battle Eagle in his cage in the basement.
Later when Old Abe died it fell to the lot of her father,
Major Chas. G. Mayers, Major and Quartermaster of the
11th Wisconsin Regiment, to prepare and mount this
famous War Eagle, (he having learned taxidermy in
England as a source of amusement.)
    When the lesson of Memorial Day came home so
vividly she was active in providing, gathering and arrang-
ing flowers for Memorial Day the ladies assembling in
the rotund of the State Capitol building on the morning
of Memorial Day. Frequently in those early days
the Indians, coming either across the lakes by canoe or
riding around on ponies, came to her door offering for
sale baskets and bead work, and begging for anything
and everything that they might see.
    Her early education was obtained in the public
schools of Madison and later she attended two private
schools. During the later years of her life she took an

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