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Frances Fairchild (Bull)

Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Death: July 09, 1925 (78)
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Brig Gen. Lucius Fairchild (USA), 10th Governor of Wisconsin
Mother of Mary Fairchild; Sarah Blair Bacon and Caryl Frances Fairchild

Managed by: Floyd Brian Russak
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About Frances Fairchild


The Great Peshtigo Fire News of the disaster did not immediately reach the outside world. Isaac Stephenson, the Marinette lumber baron, on learning of Peshtigo's fate, had an emissary sent to Green Bay--the nearest place where the telegraph lines had not been burned out--to transmit a message to Governor Lucius Fairchild. The message did not reach Madison until the morning of the 10th. Fairchild and all state officials were in Chicago, whence they had gone with carloads of supplies to aid the stricken city. A capitol clerk took the telegram to Mrs. Fairchild, who immediately swung into action. For a day this remarkable woman, then less than twenty-four, was to all intents and purposes the governor of Wisconsin. As her daughter, Mrs. Mary Fairchild Morris, recalled in a letter to Joseph Schafer in May, 1927, her mother commandeered a boxcar loaded with supplies destined for Chicago, ordered railroad officials to give it priority over all other traffic, and then discovering that the car contained food and clothing but no defenses against the October cold, rallied Madison women to supply blankets to stuff into the already loaded car. After the car was dispatched, Mrs. Fairchild issued a public appeal for contributions of money, clothing, bedding, and supplies, with the result that a second boxcar left Madison that night.

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Frances Fairchild's Timeline

November 14, 1846
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
December 16, 1865
October 26, 1867
May 2, 1875
July 9, 1925
Age 78
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States