About Julia Isbell Lovejoy (Stowe)
Julia Stow Lovejoy (1849-1953) was a fascinating person in her own right. A thirty-year-old school teacher when she married Allen P. Lovejoy (who was 55 at the time), she became the first president of the Rock County Women’s Suffrage League, founded in February 1912. She was involved in the establishment of the first kindergarten in Janesville, the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Janesville’s first hospital. She also served for several years on the Janesville Public Library board. She celebrated her 100th birthday in December 1949, by which time she was referred to as “Janesville’s First Lady.”
From the newspaper on the occasion of her 100th birthday:
"Janesville's First Lady," Mrs. Julia Stow Lovejoy, 220 St. Lawrence, celebrates her 100th birthday. She founded the city's first kindergarten in the old All Souls Church, the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and played a key role in developing the city's first hospital. She visited Janesville in 1879 where she met the prominent builder and lumberman, Allen Perry Lovejoy, who helped to build Janesville. Originally from Maine, he settled here in 1850. The two were married in 1880.
She lived in the Lovejoy Mansion until her death.
Located at 220 St. Lawrence Avenue in Janesville, WI. Photograph is of the mansion around 1881.
THE FIRST OWNER: Allen P. Lovejoy (1825-1904) built the 10,000 square-foot mansion at 220 St. Lawrence Avenue shortly after his 1880 marriage to Julia Stowe. Born in Maine, Lovejoy began his working life as a teacher and a carpenter. He moved to Janesville in 1850 where he worked as a contractor and builder. He established a lumberyard in Janesville in 1859 and began investing in pine lands and sawmills in 1868, becoming one of the Midwest’s most important lumber barons. He was also involved in the Harris Manufacturing Company, the Janesville Machine Company—the largest agricultural implement factory in Rock County--and the Janesville Cotton Mill. A bank director as well, Lovejoy’s political career included being the mayor of Janesville for one year and also a state legislator for a couple of years.
Anne Browning Williams (Anne R. Dick) says: "How interesting. I was in that house when I was about eight or nine. My mother went up to Janesville to visit Aunt Julia and also her daughter, Julia Cuniberti who had a summer house there and her daughter, Julia Cuniberti whom you know and Mario and Vittorio, her sons, our Julia's brothers. It was a magnificent four story house. The kitchen was big enough to serve a large restaurant. On the top floor or attic there was a stage, a fair size stage, and a trunk full of costumes of silk and many brilliant colors for the children to use as actors. In the back yard was a lovely small one room house for one of the daughters. It had everything in it, china, et al, except it was all about half size.
Wife of Allen Perry Lovejoy Descendant of Capt Stephen Stow John Stow and Chauncey Isbell of Connecticut Daughter of Henry Stow and Susan B Folliatt his wife Granddaughter of Elisha Stow and Hannah Northrup his wife Jeremiah Folliatt and Comfort Isbell his wife Gr granddaughter of John Stow and Sally Gillette his wife Chauncey Isbell and Deborah Beach his wife Gr gr granddaughter of Stephen Stow and Freelove Baldwin his wife Stephen Stow who had fought in the early wars had four sons John Stephen Jr Samuel and Jedediah who served during the Revolution He died nursing soldiers suffering from smallpox who were landed from a prison ship January 1777 To commemorate his devotion to humanity the Legislature ordered his name inscribed upon the monument erected at Milford to the memory of the soldiers who died of this malignant disease Chauncey Isbell turned out with his brother Israel for the defense of Danbury where he fell mortally wounded Also Nos 1552 5123