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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Kent, Antoinette
Frances Helen Brace Emerson,   pp. 135-136 PDF (359.5 KB)


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Beloit College. In 1892 she succeeded in its organiza-
tion. She spared no pains to accomplish this task. She
interested men of means to give largely to this cause,
men who had great love and loyalty to the College-not-
ably Lucius G. Fisher, an alumnus of the College and
son of the pioneer, Lucius Fisher.
    As the founder of the Art Department she found the
highest expression for her ideals.
    The Art Gallery of Beloit College gathered by her
care and discrimination bears testimony of her visions
for the future.
    June 15, 1913, the twenty-first anniversary of its
founding was celebrated at the Commencement Exercis-
es. Mrs. Emerson gave an extended address on that day,
a detailed account of which may be found in the files of
the Free Press of that date, June 16, 1913. It was at that
time she mentioned many rare gifts of Art that had re-
cently been given to the College. At this time was un-
veiled the bust of Dr. Horace White, the advance agent
sent out to forward the New England Company in Beloit.
He passed away early, a victim of his intense labors in
caring for the sick of the new community and to his
strenuous labors in its upbuilding. Mrs. Emerson stood
for the excellence of classical study in College training.
    After her marriage she made Beloit College the bene-
ficiary of the treasures of her mind and heart. Early in
the year 1920 she fell, passing away in August, 1920.
Her husband had passed on several years previously.
She was a person possessed of a calm dignity. To have
been able to share the treasures of her mind was a rare
privilege.
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