NameMabel MAXSON157
Birth25 Mar 1886, Milton Junction, Rock Co., Wisconsin
Death4 Nov 1958, Milton Junction, Rock Co., Wisconsin
Burial6 Nov 1958, Milton Junction Cemetery, Milton Junction, Rock Co., Wisconsin
ReligionSeventh-Day Baptist
FatherDr. Albert Sylvanus MAXSON (1857-1940)
MotherDollie BABCOCK (1857-1945)
Notes for Mabel MAXSON
GRAD: 19 Jun 1908 Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
GRAD: 22 Jun 1911 Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
GRAD: Madison, Dane Co., Wisconsin
Residence: Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin

Mabel Maxson 1886-1958
"The Milton and Milton Junction Courier", Milton, Wisconsin, Thursday Nov. 6, 1958, p 5.
Miss Mabel Maxson, who had been ill for the past seven months died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in her home at 10 E. Madison Avenue, Milton Junction.
The daughter of the late Dr. Albert S. Maxson, Mabel was born March 25, 1886, in Milton Junction. There - and in Milton - she spent her life.
She graduated from the old Milton Academy and received her B. A. degree from Milton College, and her M. A. degree from the University of Wisconsin. Later she pursued graduate work in the Art Institute of Chicago, in the University of Chicago, and in the Library School of the University of Iowa.
For 43 years "Miss Mabel", as she was affectionately called by her many students, was librarian of Milton College. Of this position she was especially proud, for her great-grandfather, Daniel C. Babcock, Sr., was the founder of the Milton College library. She was also a professor of English literature in the college.
Upon her retirement on June 4, 1955, she received the honored award of "Pillar of Milton." The citation reads:
"The Milton College Alumni Association takes pride in honoring with this citation, Mabel Maxson, on the forty-fourth anniversary of her graduation, as one who has made an outstanding contribution to her Alma Mater. For many years an inspiring teacher of English literature, unique interpreter of Milton, Browning, and Tennyson; sympathetic friend to students; for forty-three years librarian of Milton College; to many the revealer of the beauty and significance of Italian and Germanic art; and, above all, supremely great as a teacher of Shakespeare, inspiring numbers of students with love for the greatest of English poets. In token of our regard, we hereby declare Mabel Maxson to be a Pillar of Milton."
She was a member of the Seventh-day Baptist Church of Milton Junction. She was also a member of the State Historical Society and the History Club of Janesville.
She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Chester D. Newman, of Milwaukee; a nephew, James E. Newman of Washington, D. C.; and four cousins: Dr. Frank S. Maxson, and Mrs. L. P. Kilbourne, of Milwaukee; Clifford Gessler, of Berkley, Calif.; and Gertrude Gessler, of Bismarck, N. Dak.
Most apropos of her life and faith is the thought expressed she loved so well:
" . . . . . . . . What envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder East;
Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
I must be gone and live".
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this Thursday in the Milton Seventh Day Baptist church, the Rev. Victor W. Skaggs officiating.
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