Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Van Auken, Lillian H.
Mrs. Mary Baker Cameron, pp. 60-62 PDF (628.3 KB)
and pointing out the necessity of preserving for posterity those principles their forefathers had fought for. She fully realized in those days the lack of reverence main- tained for the flag and to instill greater patriotism pre- sented each departing guest with one. This was followed by an elaborate colonial costume party given on Febru- ary 14, 1896. Historical tableaux, minuet dancing and a colonial repast were the features of the evening. Her earnest efforts were successful and the La Crosse Chapter of the D. A. R. was organized under the direction of Mrs. James S. Peck of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Dec- ember 11, 1896-the national number being 291. I can not paint in words the beautiful picture Mary Baker Cameron has imprinted on the memory of the sons and daughters of the early settlers of La Crosse. Her personality, great charm, her regal beauty can never be forgotten, but greater still was her humaneness. On her yearly home-comings, she did not wait for others to, bow down but her greeting was given with a spontaneity to rich and poor alike and with it came a feeling of being lifted a step higher. She was rich in spiritual gifts. To quote the master novelist, W. D. Howells, who says, "It is the unplanted goodness that saves-the seed of righteousness treasured from generation to generationa and carefully tended by disciplined fathers and mothers in the hearts where they have dropped it. The flower of this implanted goodness is what we call civilization ;" and surely it was always Mrs. Cameron's aim to raise the standard. In a rose garden, there is always one of greater frag- rance and beauty than the rest. Nature's leadership-a similie befitting Mrs. Cameron. Someone has said, "God gave us memory that we might have roses in December, surely Mary Baker Cameron is one of the roses." Written by Lillian H. Van Auken, 1923. 62
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