Obit: Harriman, Seville Duana (1842 - 1925)

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Surnames: Harriman, Barrott, Madison, Weller, Callender, Ingham

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10/29/1925

-Harriman, Seville Duana (11 Oct. 1842 - 23 Oct. 1925)

On Friday, Oct. 23, Mrs. A. M. Harriman, an old resident of Neillsville, and one of the pioneer women of Wisconsin, passed away at her home on Grand Avenue, aged 83 years and 12 days.

Mrs. Harriman, whose maiden name was Seville Duana Barrott, had a most remarkable life experience. She was born near Oswego, New York, Oct. 11, 1842. She was one of 12 children. Her father was a soldier of the war of 1812, and her grandfather served in the Revolutionary War under Washington. Her mother was Duana Madison. So the great events and traditions of our country were in the atmosphere of her childhood life. In the early fifties her parents came with their family to Wisconsin, establishing their home in Dodge County, where she grew to womanhood. In January, 1860, she was married to Albert M. Harriman. After the breaking out of the Civil War her husband enlisted, and with her baby boy she went back to her father’s home until the war was over. After several years of pioneer life and trying experiences in Minnesota, they came to Clark county in 1874. For some time they had charge of a store and wayside tavern near Christie, and in all active duties of those pioneer days, she was the constant and faithful helpmeet of her husband. Later they owned and carried on a farm near Melrose in Jackson County. For the past 31 years they lived in the present home in Neillsville. In Mrs. Harriman were combined most of the elements of fine American womanhood: through her ancestry and training having acquired the habits of practical thrift and home efficiency, looking well to the needs of her household, and with this were a deep religious nature, a taste for music, a love for flowers and the beauty of the things about her.

In the early sixties she and her husband became members of the Methodist Church at Juneau, both of them taking an active part in all branches of church work, in Sunday School and singing, assisting in organizing churches and Sunday schools in new communities. This work they continued in Minnesota helping to organize and build two churches. She became a member of the Methodist church in Neillsville many years ago and was one of its most faithful workers. She was also greatly interested in the local Woman’s Relief Corps of which she was at time President and Chaplain.

For a few years past her strength slowly waned and she was unable to take part in public affairs, but her work in life had been well and fully done.

She has not only left to her children, but also to this entire community a splendid legacy of devotion to the world’s highest duties and ideals, that surely must bring blessed results in many years.

She is survived by her aged husband and five children: Albert C. Harriman, a hardware merchant at Glenwood City; Mrs. W. H. Weller who most tenderly cared for her parents in their home for the past four years; Mrs. Grace Callender of Dickinson, North Dakota, Win Harriman an Attorney of Madison and William O. Harriman in the Federal Forest Service in Oregon. There are also 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held this Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Methodist Church, Rev. A. V. Ingham of Marshfield, officiating.



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