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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Sturtevant, Gene
Mary Eleanor Jewell Sawyer,   pp. 149-151 PDF (579.9 KB)


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Mary E. Jewell to Edgar P. Sawyer occurred. For a
time the young couple lived at Fond du Lac, subsequently
coming to Oshkosh to reside permanently. Two children
were born to them, Mrs. Nia Sawyer Chase and Phil H.
Sawyer, both of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
    Mary E. Jewell Sawyer was a woman of rare at-
tainments and intellectual ability. Her literary talent
was marked. She was gracious, courteous and sincere.
At the time the era of women's clubs dawned, she was
among the first to realize the importance of the move-
ment. She was a charter member of the eLisure Hour
Club, organized for the study of art in 1886. Later, she
was influential in completing the organization, and was
a charter member of the Twentieth Century Club, as well
as its first president; she was reelected to that office after
her first term had expired, and some years later was
given a third term. She was also unanimously chosen
and elected to the office of president of the Wisconsin
State Federation of Women's Clubs. She was the found-
er and organizing regent of Oshkosh Chapter N. S. D.
A. R., and a charter member of the Society of Colonial
Dames. She was also a charter member of the Order of
the Crown, which is the only Order in America recog-
nized by Queen Alexandria of England, whose members
are admitted to her court, without other credentials. The
insignia of the Order of the Crown is of rare beauty. A
large Greek cross of gold is pendant from a gold crown
of exquisite workmanship, swung from a ribbon of pale
blue and white. Her eligibility to membership in this
society came to her from her great grandmother, Love
Hurd, whose descent is direct from Charlemagne and
King Alfred.
    Notwithstanding her many and varied interests, the
home and family of Mary E. Jewell Sawyer always held
first place. Her home was her sanctuary, and in its
atmosphere the beauty and sweetness of devoted wife-
hood and motherhood were manifest. Loyalty to her
church, her home and her friends was a keynote of her
character.
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