Hewett, Blanche (1869 - 1941)






----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 12/4/1941


Residents of the City of Neillsville were shocked and grieved on Sunday when they were informed that Mrs. Frank Hewett, pioneer resident of Clark County, had passed away during the night, death having taken place at the Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, at 11:30 o'clock Saturday night, Nov. 15, 1941.

Born at Weston Rapids, (just north of where the City of Neillsville now stands) on Sept. 27, 1869 Blanche Robinson was the daughter of David and Emma Robinson, pioneer settlers of this section of the Badger State. She obtained her early education in the Neillsville public schools, later attending St. Mary's College at Milwaukee. Her educational background prepared her for teaching and at the age of 16 she accepted a teaching contract in a rural school near Snow post office, Neillsville, Wis.

On Dec. 19, 1887 at the age of 19, she was united in marriage with Sherman Frank Hewett, and took up housekeeping at the Hewett home in Neillsville, which she made her home for 54 years, her entire life having been spent in Clark County, at Weston Rapids and Neillsville. To this union one daughter, Helen, was born, and now survives her parents, her father having died Oct. 5, 1935. A sister, Mrs. James O'Neill also survives.

Mrs. Hewett was a lady of sterling character. Possessed of a keen mind and excellent business ability she was able to carry on the home and farm when her husband joined in the Klondike gold rush and was a way for several months. She also was well prepared to continue the management of the Hewett farm after her husband's death six years ago.

A lover of youth, she was admired by children and her home always held a special attraction for them. She was at all times ready to help the unfortunate, active in those organizations which rendered service to the needy. She was president of the Neillsville Community Club for 25 years, gaining for herself countless friends and a most enviable reputation for service. She also was an active member of the American Red Cross and was a leader of Red Cross activities in Neillsville and southern Clark County for many years. She became a very active member of the Neillsville Order of Eastern Star many years ago and remained active in this organization throughout her life.

Mrs. Hewett was keenly interested in the progress and welfare of the City of Neillsville and rightfully so, for her husband served for many years as mayor of Neillsville.

The Hewett farm, located as it is in the City of Neillsville, has always been considered on of the finest farms in this section of the state and an excellent herd of Guernsey cattle was to be found thereon at all times.

The spacious home has been a community gathering place and guests were warmly received and well treated there.

In the death of this excellent mother, neighbor and friends, Neillsville has truly lost a community leader who will be deeply missed, but the thing which she did and the ideals which she stood for will live as a tribute to her for many years to come.

Funeral services were held at the Hewett home on West Fifth Street on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 18, under the auspices of the Eastern Star. The Rev. G. W. Longenecker, a lifelong friend of the Hewett family, offered a prayer. Pallbearers, neighbors and friends for many years were Herman North, Wm. Campman, Harry Roehrborn, Herbert Brown, Henry Wittke and Jess Scott. Interment took place in the Neillsville Cemetery beside her beloved husband (Clark County Press)



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