Woman of the Century/Mrs. Dora V. Wheelock
DORA V. WHEELOCK. WHEELOCK, Mrs. Dora V., temperance worker, born in Calais, near Montpelier, Vt., 1847. Her parents belonged to strong New England stock, with a mingling of French blood. Her great-grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War. Her father, a Christian minister, died when she was but three years old, leaving a family of small children, of whom she was the youngest. Her mother, a woman of ability and force, proved equal to the charge. In 1865 Dora was graduated from the high school of Berlin, Wis., and in July, three weeks after, became the wife of Oren N. Wheelock, a merchant of that city. They lived first in Iowa, and then in Wisconsin, till 1873, when they settled in Beatrice, Neb., their present home. Mrs. Wheelock has always been interested in church, foreign missionary and school work. Since 1885 she has been an influential worker in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, serving for several years as local president and three years as president of Gage county. In the spring of 1889 she was elected to a position on the board of education of Beatrice, which office she still holds. She is State superintendent of press work, and reporter for the "Union Signal" for Nebraska. She has written much and might have written more, but for the many paths in which duty called her. Her articles have appeared in the "Youth's Companion," "Union Signal" and various other publications. She is a variously gifted woman, a musician, both vocal and instrumental, and an artist who might have won recognition had she chosen to make painting a specialty. She is strong in the advocacy of woman's enfranchisement, though not known as a special worker in the field. She strives to be one of the advance guard in the cause of woman's progress.