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

Sketch of Mrs. John Gorst,   pp. 103-104 ff. PDF (616.3 KB)

Page 104

"Halfway House" and they as Uncle John and Aunt
Prudence. People learned to know that they would be
welcome to a meal or a night's lodging if they could just
get to the house. Ministers, peddlers, strangers, friends
and neighbors came at will, and for fifty-two years John
and Prudence Gorst fed and housed such persons and
never charged anyone a cent.
    Gradually eight children came to this home to share
the joys and sorrows and to increase the burdens of the
household. But Mrs. John Gorst was a woman of vigor,
health, energy, endurance, patience and ability. She
spun her own yarn, knitted socks, stockings and mittens
and made the clothing for a family of ten, besides all
the work of the home which comes to a wife and mother.
Her spinning wheel, sewing machine and knitting were
always waiting for any time she could give them. She
was efficient at all times in her own household, but she
always found time and a way to help a neighbor in need.
     Frequently she led singing in the churches and
 taught in the Sunday School. She was one of the typical
 wives, mothers and homemakers who carried the bur-
 dens of pioneer days and helped to develop and build
 the great State of Wisconsin.
     She did everything she could for her eight children
 who all lived to be men and women and have families of
 their own. One son became a prominent Methodist
 minister and presiding elder of Omaha, Nebraska, another
 a leading physician in Wisconsin and all reflected credit
 and honor on the mother who gave so heroically to their
 upbringing and development of character. She survived
 her husband ten years and at the ripe age of 83 years she
 passed to her reward, having lived a life of noble, un-
 selfish, and efficient service.

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