From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 964

MRS. E. E. CARSON, Preceptress of Lady's Hall of the University of Wisconsin; she is a daughter of Thomas WILDER, and is a native of Wyoming Co., N.Y.; she graduated at the Normal School in Albany, N.Y., in 1850, and afterward spent two years at the Alexander Classical School, in Genesee Co., N.Y. She was married to Delos CARSON of New York, in 1853, and the following year they came West, and located in Bloomington, Ill., where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until the rebellion. Enlisted in 1862, as a private in a cavalry company; was soon elected 2d Lieutenant, and then promoted to the captaincy; he was massacred, after surrender at Ft. Pillow, on the 12th of April 1864. They had one daughter - Ida Bell, who was educated in Europe, and in 1877, at the time of her death, she was teacher of music in Milwaukee College. Mrs. CARSON spent the school year of 1878-79 in Europe - the summer in Switzerland and the winter in Rome; she has been Preceptress of Ladies' Hall since 1871; she teaches the Freshman mathematics in the university. The hall can accommodate sixty boarding pupils; the government of the school is like that of a Christian family, having few rules besides "Do right;" there is no system of police espionage; the pupils understand that they are to be trusted or dismissed; the rights and feelings of all are to be regarded by each, and the spirit of self-reliance is cultivated, and thereby is strength of character developed. Mrs. CARSON is well known as a lady of marked refinement and liberal culture.

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