Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Barden, John A.
Pioneer mothers--1854 to 1860, pp. 63-64 ff. PDF (411.4 KB)
-........------....... --------.. Rg - PIONEER MOTHERS-1854 TO 1860 Superior Author-John A. Barden It is difficult to single out any particular pioneer mother, or group of mothers, that came to Superior as early as, from 1854 to 1860. After these dates, conditions were fairly comfortable, depending on the adaptability, keeness and industry of the individual. These mothers all left comfortable homes and surroundings to face the discomforts of real pioneer- ing, coming from Maine, Vermont, New York, Ohio, Illinois and other eastern states, but largely from Ken- tucky. The majority of the original promoters and pro- prietors of Superior were Kentuckians who early recog- nized the possibilities of a city at the head of lake naviga- tion. Too much cannot be said of these early Pioneer Mothers. It meant the utmost self sacrifice, from any view point. Many of them, however, reared large and sturdy families-a credit to any community. Superior's climate was healthy, churches and schools were established immediately, and self reliance and in- dustry was developed automatically. The very first Pioneer Mother and a martyr to pioneering, was Mrs. Ed. Rogers from Michigan, who gave her life in the birth of a daughter, in April, 1854. Her body and that of the babe who later died, is buried on Wisconsin Point, Superior. Mrs. James M. Bennett, a native of Ohio and the wife of a prominent storekeeper, was Superior's earliest "Fairy Godmother." She was prompt in extending aid to, and visiting the poor and sick. Her noble deeds have been spoken of by every early settler. 63
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