re was nothing unusual in my sister's character in her early life.
She, like many New England girls, was bright, affectionate and wide-awake.
She began her education in the public school of her native town, afterwards attending our Appleton Academy and then going to the Medford High School.
She was a pupil of Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and also had private instructions in music and language in Philadelphia.
At the age of eighteen she went as a governess to Arkansas, in the family of Hon. Robert W. Johnson, a member of U. S. Senate and of Jefferson Davis' Cabinet during the Civil War. She was there two or three years, thoroughly enjoying her duties and the delightful society with which she was brought in touch.
So loyal was she to the North, that she refused to sew an Arkansas star on a Confederate flag, and left the South on the last train that could bring her to the North.
Her first school in Medford was the Swan Intermediate, which she taught from November 11, 1861, to April 1,