1906 – Francena H. Rowley Peck Dies

On this date Francena H. Rowley Peck, wife of Governor George Wilbur Peck, died in Winnetka, Illinois. She was born on September 7, 1842, in Newark, New York. The daughter of Alexander and Maria Rowley, Francena Rowley and her family first settled in Rock County in 1843. She married George Wilbur Peck on May 6, 1861, in Delavan. Francena Peck served as Wisconsin’s first lady from 1891 to 1895. The Pecks relocated to Milwaukee, where Francena was known as an “earnest church worker” for the First Baptist Church. In 1906, she died of a heart attack while vacationing at a health resort in Winnetka. Francena H. Rowley is buried in Milwaukee, in Forest Home Cemetery. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p.107]