Harriet and Maria Mather
were the daughters of Eliza Herrick and Elias Worthington Mather of
Twinsburg, Ohio. Elias died in 1879, & when Maria married
John J. Sweet and moved to South Dakota,
Eliza also moved there.
Photos and information courtesy of Margaret Irwin and Pearl and Ruth Gerner.
Going alone nearly every summer to visit her other daughter, Mrs. Karl (Harriet) Gerner, in Waterloo, Indiana, Eliza (pictured above) says: "In all my wanderings I have always found a place in the church and Sabbath school. Since 1863 1 have been a teacher and still have a class in the Mayflower Congregational Sunday school. I love the work and hope to remain in it as long as I live. I can truly say thus far the Lord hath led me, and thus far His power prolongs my days, and now in the evening time of my life, His mercies and blessings are new and fresh every morning and evening. My necessities are all abundantly supplied and the pleasures He gives me are without number." (Newspaper clipping from 1904).
Eliza with her grandson, Alan Gerner (1895-1910)
A coverlet that belonged to Eliza still survives today.
This violin, now the property of Ruth and Pearl Gerner, belonged to Alan Gerner, the little boy with Eliza (above), who was tragically killed in an hunting accident when he was 14.
As a young person, Maria kept an autograph book. After hearing Susan B. Anthony speak one day, she got her autograph! This book survives, and some of the pages are pictured below.
A tiny cup (above) belonging to Maria (below) still survives even though it is so thin that the rose on the outside of the cup shows through to the inside!
Little Hazel Sweet, daughter of Maria and John J. at 16 months and about 3 years old.
Hazel Edwards, wife of Karl Gerner, Jr. with her high school class.