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

Mrs. Lucius Fairchild,   pp. 51-54 PDF (828.7 KB)


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consin that that part of the State was all on fire, and
would the governor please send help. Such a message
could not be ignored and so, as there was no officer in
town to authorize a plan, Mrs. Fairchild gave the orders
herself. Knowing that the entire country was rushing to
the aid of Chicago, she gathered the clothes and supplies
from the City Hall and ordering a special train, sent them
to the little northern town where they were so much
needed. The act was characteristic of her; to see what
to do and to do it, but never to seek any power or con-
spicuous place for herself.
     In 1872, after he had served as governor for six years,
 General Fairchild was offered the post consul at Liver-
 pool then one of the most important consulates, and in
 December of that year General and Mrs. Fairchild and
 their two young daughters set sail for England. They
 spent six years in Liverpool where they made friends
 and learned to love England. Their third daughter was
 born there. In 1878 General Fairchild was promoted to
 Consul General at Paris. Here Mrs. Fairchild again was
 a great success, her charm and tact and beauty gather-
 ing about her still more friends. The next move came
 in 1880 when General Fairchild was sent to Spain as
 the American minister. He filled this post for two years,
 but part of that time Mrs. Fairchild spent in Germany in
 order that her daughters might perfect themselves in
 German as they had in French. In 1882 Gen. and Mrs.
 Fairchild decided that the time had come for them to re-
 turn to their own country in order that their children
 would not be entirely weaned from America, and so they
 came back to the old homestead in Madison. Here Mrs.
 Fairchild has lived ever since.
    Gen. Fairchild died on May 23, 1896 and since that
time Mrs. Fairchild has carried on alone; keeping the
house the center of the best type of social and intellectual
life; entertaining many of her husband's friends and
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