Woman of the Century/Delia E. Carson
DELIA K. CARSON. CARSON, Mrs. Delia E., educator, born in Athens. N. Y., 25th January. 1833. Her father, Thomas Wilder, was one of eight brothers who migrated from Massachusetts when the eldest was yet a young man. Several were teachers of prominence, and all were closely identified with the development and progress of Genesee and Wyoming Counties, New York, where they ultimately settled. Her mother's maiden name was Hannah Dow. Delia Wilder, afterwards Mrs. Carson, was educated in the Alexander Classical Academy. She spent one term in the Albany Normal School and received a diploma therefrom. During 1863 and 1864 she was a teacher in the Indies' Seminary in Bloomington, Ill., from 1865 to 1871 in Beloit, Wis., and from 1871 to 1887 she was preceptress of Ladies Hall, State University of Wisconsin, and teacher of mathematics. In the latter capacity she won high distinction, being possessed of liberal culture and having a remarkably healthful social influence upon the hundreds of young women surrounding her. In addition to other accomplishments, Mrs. Carson has devoted much time to the study of art. During recent years she has become identified with general art interests in Wisconsin, giving courses of lectures and leading classes of women in the study of the history of art. She has traveled extensively in Europe, spending much time in Italy. Sicily, Morocco, Algiers. Egypt and Greece, in pursuit of prat deal knowledge in her favorite field. She resides in Madison, Wis.