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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families
(1895)

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COMMEJMORATIVE BIOGRAPHI]CAL RECORD.
tors of the Green Bay (Wis.)Ca~atc,
which had been established by him and
Col. George C. Ginty early in i866. In
September of the same year, however,
Mr. Follett sold his interest to Col. Ginty,
but reconnected himself in May, i868,
with the paper by purchase of the
Colonel's interest (who in the meantime
had associated himself with WVilliam B.
Tapley, of Racine), the firm name be-
coming Tapley & Follett. This arrange-
ment continued about eighteen months,
or until January i, i87o, when Mr. Tap-
lev sold out to George E. Hoskinson, and
the new firm of Hoskinson & Follett then
changed the name of the paper to Phc
 tate (,at, conmnencing a daily issue
in November, 1871, and in 1882 Mr. Fol-
lett assumed sole ownership and control.
The Garotte has always stood in the front
rank of the Republican political journals
of the State of Wisconsin.
    The home which Mr. and Mrs. Fol-
lett created by their marriage was ideal
in its happiness, till the young wife saw,
with unspeakable sorrow, that an incura-
ble malady would soon take her husband
from her. After much painful suffering
he was called from earth June 24, 1888,
deeply mourned by a wide circle of
friends. He was a man of perfect recti-
tude, just and honorable, and possessed
of a good mind and a true heart--a lover
of things beautiful in nature, literature
and art. After his death the responsi-
bility of the extensive business, which he
had wisely planned, but which, owing to
ill-health, he had never been able to
bring to its best possibilities, were laid
upon his sorrowing widow. She rose to
her new duties, however, with a strength
and capacity which astonished even those
who knew her best. The necessities of
the situation, and, doubtless, the des-
peration of her grief, stimulated her every
energy into activity.  Discouragemnents
that seemed almost paralyzing yielded to
her unconquerable determination, and she
persevered till success was complete.
But the shadow of death was upon her,
and the bright, useful and beautiful life
was doomed to total eclipse. Early in
the spring of 1894 Mrs. Follett began to
realize that her health, which she had
thought to be almost faultless, was rap-
idly failing, and in searching for a cause
it was found that she was suffering from
an internal cancer, from   which it was
early seen there was no possible cure.
How this knowledge moved her brave,
resolute soul can never be known, for she
made no sign of either fear or regret,
though her sufferings were intense. She
bore all wxith uncomplaining fortitude,
responding to the faithful and tender
ministrations of friends with loving grati-
tude, while her thoughts were of others
rather than of herself, even to the last
hour of consciousness.
   The end came at last, death releasing
her from her sufferings August 27, 1894,
and three days later all that was mortal
of the departed was laid beside the re-
mains of her husband amid the peace and
silence of \Voodlawn cemetery, Green
Bay. A great concourse of the people of
the city where for twenty years she had
lived and xwrought--old and young, rich
and poor--citizens from other places,
officials, representatives of the Press
Association, and many friends from even
greater distance, followed the remains to
their last resting-place. The funeral took
place from the Presbyterian Church, of
which she was a member, Rev. J. L.
Hewitt officiating, assisted by Revs. F. R.
Haff and H. WV. Thompson.       Among
those assembled to pay their last respects
to their loving friend were members of
the Press Association, as just mentioned,
with which organization early in her
newspaper life she had identified herself,
becoming after the death of her husband
a constant attendant at its sessions.
Eulogies in the Press were numerous, and
from the Green Bay (Garfcltc we glean
the following:        Simple and touch-
ing were the ceremonies at the funeral;
grief and sorrow were the emotions of al.
who had come to bid her a last farexwelll
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