From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 995

MRS. MARY C. HALLIDAY (nee FREEMAN), Matron of the Wisconsin State Hospital for the Insane; is a native of New Jersey; when a child, her parents removed to Ohio, and she was educated mainly in Columbus, Ohio. She was married Feb. 5, 1845, to Samuel M. HALLIDAY, a merchant of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; he died in September of the same year; she has one son, Samuel M., married, and living in Portage, Wis.; she came to Wisconsin in 1853; she was appointed Matron on the completion of the hospital, and entered upon her duties June 11, 1860; the hospital was then in the condition in which the workmen left it - uncleaned, unfurnished, unoccupied; she is now passing her twenty-first year of continuous service in the capacity of Matron; her duties are multitudinous and important, extending to the supervision of all the varied domestic interests and departments of the immense home; her housekeeping qualities are seen in the cleanly content of the patients, and the perfect cleanliness of every department; her experiences have been varied and interesting; her acceptability can be inferred from her permanency, which is phenomenal. For forty years she has been a member of the Presbyterian Church; she is kind and capable.

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