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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families

Biographical,   pp. [unnumbered]-[1232] PDF (429.7 MB)

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There were those who had known her
long and intimately, and who will miss
her greatly, and there were those who
thought they had stood farther from her,
yet had often felt the touch of her
friendly hand, had frequently heard from
her words of sympathy and of cheer, and
who had come to see in her a sister,
friend and mother."  The Green Bay
Aazk'ocertc also paid a beautiful tribute to
the memory of her whose life had left the
world the better for her having lived, and
we quote the following: "It is with
deep sadness that we realize that the
vital spark has fled from the suffering
body of our long kind friend, highly
respected  citizen  and  co-laborer  in
the newspaper field, Mrs. Rosamond
Follett. We grieve at the severance
of those early ties of friendship and
almost kindred feeling that long years
of harmonious work in a common cause,
without a jar or discord, had cemented.
We grieve that we shall nevermore see
the kindly face, animated by its cheerful,
benevolent spirit. At the same time we
feel thankful that the inevitable parting
is over, and the free spirit has risen from
the tortured clay, unhampered with cares
and griefs of earthly life, to unending
peace and blessed rest in the mansions
that the Master went before to prepare.
* :X * Her work was well done from the
cradle to the grave. In the years that we
have known her, from the time that she
came here as a bride until she finally laid
down the pen and entered the chamber of
suffering, we have found nothing in her to
criticise, and everything to commend.
We recall her sturdy step, as with strong
frame she supported the failing energies
and wasting frame of her late husband,
Dwight I. Follett, shouldering the weight
of the cares of his business as he entered
the dark valley, and assuming the busi-
ness altogether when he passed away.
* * *   A perfectly healthy and whole-
some childhood and youth laid the foun-
dation of those powers of endurance so
valuable to her. She was a ready writer,
with a faculty of pleasing; was always
courteous, and made friends of all with
whom she had dealings or acquaintance.
There was no false pride about her, and
she was careful never to assume a dig-
nity that would drive away the humble.
She was sympathetic for the woes of oth-
ers, and always ready to relieve the dis-
tressed." Mrs. Follett left one son, John
C. Follett, to mourn the loss of a loving
mother.- -[In compiling the above sketch,
the writer is indebted for many sugges-
tions to a beautiful article from the pen
of Edwin D. Coe, which appears in the
"National Printer-Journalist," of Octo-
ber, I894.--ED.
       USTIN F. OLMSTED, M. I).,
       for over twenty years a highly
       respected citizen of Green Bay,
       enjoying an unchallenged reputa-
tion as a successful physician and surgeon,
is a native of Middlebury, Vt., born July
20, 1843.
   Erastus Olmsted, grandfather of our
subject, was of Welsh descent, and was
born in Middlebury, Vt., of which locality
his ancestry, in this country, were pioneers.
By trade Erastus was a chair-maker,
which he carried on at his home in the
country, near Middlebury, becoming pros-
perous. He had a numerous family of
children, of whom Juba Olmsted, father
of our subject, was born August 15, 1807,
in Middlebury, Vt.     He learned his
father's trade, and followed it for a tinie,
but eventually took up farming, which he
made his life work for the rest of his days,
in I 85o moving with his family from Ver-
mont to Wisconsin, and settling on a
farm in Fond du Lac county, four miles
south of the city of that name. Here, by
industry and judicious thrift, he accumu-
lated a comfortable competence, and by his
exemplary life, sincerity of heart, genuine
charity and elevation of character, won
the highest esteem and respect in the com-
munity in which he lived. He died in
1854, at the early age of forty-seven

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