MRS. MARY C. HALLIDAY


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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