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

Sturtevant, Gene
Susa Viletta Humes Sturtevant,   pp. 130-135 PDF (1.4 MB)


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in the Civil war. -One came safely home, but the other,
a mere lad of eighteen years, was the first Wisconsin sol-
dier to fall in the battle; Marion F. Humes, Company F.
2nd Wisconsin Infantry, was killed at the battle of Bull
Run. During those bitter days my mother worked with
aid societies, making hospital supplies and preparing
quantities of lint to be used as dressings, which was made
by scraping old linen. She was frequently called upon
to sing at flag raising ceremonies, and all through one
harvest time she drove the horses on a reaper. During
the Spanish-American war she worked with the Oshkosh
Chapter D. A. R. in preparing quantities of surgical sup-
plies. And when the World war came, even though her
years were many, her busy fingers supplied her full quota
of knitted garments and dressings, and her example fired
anew the patriotism of her associates.
    Ever eager to assist in educational projects, she was
an early member of the Study Class, and served as its
President for a term. This is the oldest women's club in
Oshkosh and the second oldest in Wisconsin and still
holds its weekly meetings, which she usually attends.
She was a member of a society known as the Mutual Im-
provement Club, organized by men and women for the
study of literature some forty years ago, and which has
long since disbanded. She enjoyed for many years mem-
bership in the Wisconsin Press Association and served
for a term as District Vice President. She has been a
member of the Oshkosh Chapter of the National Society
of the Daughters of the American Revolution almost
from its organization. When the movement for organiz-
ing departmental women's clubs swept the country, it
found a staunch promoter in Susa Humes Sturtevant.
She is a charter member and is one of the group of women
who organized the Twentieth Century Club of Oshkosh
and is still an active member of the organization, and has
from its beginning used her influence and her pen to
further all public spirited activities emanating from that
club, and they would make a chapter by themselves if
enumerated. She was identified with the conservatives
in the campaign for women suffrage and is a member
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