Anna M. (1837 - 1924)
Surnames: JACQUES SPAULDING BALCH
----Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 06/12/1924
Jacques, Anna M. (1 JAN 1837 - 6 JUN 1924)
Anna Marie Jacques (nee Spaulding) was born at Fort Howard, now Green Bay, Wis., Jan. 1, 1837. She was the first child of English decent born in that region, and at her death, June 6th, 1924, aged 87 years, 6 months and 7 days, was the oldest living white person born in Wisconsin.
Her father, Samuel Spaulding, operated a saw mill at or near Green Bay for several years. In 1843 he moved with his family to Waukesha Co. and settled on a farm. In 1861 she and George F. Jacques were married, and about 1873 moved to Northern Wis., where he followed the timber business for several years. In 1884 they came to Neillsville, Clark County, where she resided until her death, except that for several years after the death of her husband in 1910, she spent a part of each year in Milwaukee with her daughter, Mrs. F. O. Balch.
She was a student of nature and an artist of considerable ability, her pictures having been exhibited with favorable mention in the Milwaukee art galleries. She followed her art work until a few months before her death, and some of her best pictures were painted during the last ten years.
She was respected and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. F. O. Balch, her son, George L. Jacques, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. G. W. Longenecker officiating.
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