Case, Mary Wheelock, 1841
Mary Wheelock was the younger of two children born to Frederick Wheelock, a pioneer physician in the Albion area. She lived in Albion throughout her childhood and youth. In 1863, she married a printer, William Case, and moved to Jackson, Michigan. They eventually moved to Denver, Colorado, in hopes that the climate would improve his failing health.
After her husband’s death of tuberculosis four years later, Mary and her three children returned to her father’s home in Albion. She also suffered from tuberculosis, but her energy and exemplary nature won her much admiration. An enthusiastic amateur painter, Mary also took great pleasure in literature and music, and was sought after to teach these subjects. Mary died at the home of her father at the age of 42, leaving children ranging in age from 8 to 18.
Source: Albion Republican, November 16, 1883
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.