1908 – Wisconsin First Lady Helen Davis Thomas Born

On this date Helen Davis Thomson, wife of Wisconsin Governor Vernon Wallace Thomson, was born in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Throughout Governor Thomson’s term from 1957-1959, the first lady devoted her time to raising their children, philanthropic work with the Red Cross, and gardening. Before marriage she earned a degree at the University of Wisconsin in home economics and taught in Viroqua. [Source: “First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors’ Wives” by Nancy G. Williams, p.194-196]