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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Lovejoy, Julia L.
Frances Conkey Fethers, 1847-1917,   pp. 177-179 PDF (751.5 KB)


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    She married Ogden Hoffman Fethers in 1868. Their
first home was in Jefferson City, Mo., where their first
child, Ella Clark Fethers was born in 1869. They moved
to St. Louis, Mo., where this child died in 1871.
    They   returned  to  Canton.  Here  a  second
daughter, Laura May, was born in 1872. She died in 1877.
    The loss of these children was a life long sorrow to
Mrs. Fethers. She was essentially a motherly woman and
her heart went out to all young people with sympathetic
understanding.
    Mr. and Mrs. Fethers came to Janesville in 1878 and
he engaged in the practice of law. They soon became
leaders in the intellectual and social life of the city.
    Mrs. Fethers was a valued woman of the Women's
History Club, one of the oldest Women's Clubs in the
state.
    She joined the Janesville Chapter D. A. R. in 1898
and was soon recognized as a woman of broad vision and
great executive capacity. She was chosen Chapter Re-
gent in 1901 and served the two terms allowed by their
by-laws. Under her efficient and genial leadership the
chapter increased rapidly in numbers and influence.
Elected State Regent in Oct., 1906, she presided over the
State Conferences of 1907-1908 and 1909-1910 with dig-
nity, courtesy and ability. New Chapters were formed
in the state and old ones grew in numbers and strength.
While State Regent she wrote our beautiful state song,
The Star of Wisconsin, composing both the words and
the melody.
    She gave time, strength and money generously to
the work of the D. A. R. and in acknowledgment of her
valuable services was made Honary State Regent in 1911.
She was several times a delegate to the National Congress
of D. A. R. where her tact, kindliness and good judg-
ment were generally recognized.
    After the death of Mr. Fethers in 1911 she tried to
keep on in the Janesville home, but late in the year she
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