Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Isham, Ruth Wales
Bethania Crandall Dunlap, pp. 14-16 PDF (599.8 KB)
Purdy, Helen M.
Charlotte Owisconsin Van Cleve, pp. 16-17 PDF (402.2 KB)
long since scattered, many lie buried in the old cemetery on the hill and of the Yankee colony which entered the land and settled these fertile prairies scarcely one remains. September 24, 1904 her death came after a trying illness. Of her it was written "To know her casually was to confide at once in her perfect integrity and her entire freedom from conventional falsehood and hollowness. The graciousness of her face and manner was the true reflection of a heart that knew neither deceit nor unkind- ness." ............... .......................................................... ...... CHARLOTTE OWISCONSIN VAN CLEVE 8 Author-Helen M. Purdy 88 Portage, Wisconsin In looking backward over the records of the early history of the State of Wisconsin, then a territory, the name of Mrs. Van Cleve seems to stand out more promi- nently than any of the pioneer women, although there were many brave women who gave the best years of their lives to the upbuilding of the state. Mrs. Charlotte Owisconsin Van Cleve was born at Fort Crawford, July 1, 1819, and was the daughter of Major Clark. She was born one hour after they arrived at the Fort. It had been a long tedious journey from the east, and the Major had orders to remain at Fort Craw- ford sometime to rest before proceeding still further into the territory. Her father, Lieutenant afterwards Major Nathan Clark, had orders to proceed to the head water of the Mississippi there to establish a fort to be called Fort Snelling. It was a long tedious journey from the east, part way by stage and part way by water. All were glad to reach Fort Crawford with orders to rest awhile. Just one hour after arriving at the fort, Mrs. Charlotte Owisconsin Van Cleve was born and was the first white 16
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