as a teacher was due to her unusual personality and sympathetic un-
derstanding, as much as to her scholarship and talents, and is fine-
ly expressed by one of her former students, as follows:
"Those who have not known this great-souled woman in her
activities as an educator. . . have not seen her most beautiful traits.
All who had the joy of calling her Teacher have such reverence for
her that they consider her the greatest factor in their lives. It
was not only what she taught but how she taught. The driest subject
became a live interest. she could kindle enthusiasm with irresist-
ible power; yet the knowledge we gained was the least of what we
took away from her. Our whole beings were permeated with all that
was noble and pure. she gave us the indelible stamp of the beauti-
ful spirit. To follow her we had to aim at the stars. Never can
we thank her enough for the way of feelng and thinking that she
impressed upon us.
"Today, pupils of Madam Anneke are unmistakable. Whether
surrounded by luxuries, or confronted by the misfortunes and poverty
of an adverse world, the undaunted spirit that she instilled is par-
amount. We try to bestow the teachings of our beloved priestess up-
on our children. Her only living daughter carries her exalted,
beautiful message into wider circles. . . and so the spirit of this
great women still flames in our generation to enrich and dignity life."
Never a woman of means, she continued to devote time and
strength as far as possible to the cause of women, regardless of de-
rision and material sacrifice. Her last years were filled with ill-
ness and suffering, but her spirit continued unsubdued. she carried
on her school almost to the end, and at her death (November 25, 1884)
she left for her co-workers in the woman's movement words of encour-
agement and cheer. Firm in her principles, she never throughout
life considered self, but served unceasingly the cause of freedom
which was so near to her heart.
Biographical Sources: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B.
Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage, The History of Woman Suffrage,
4 volumes; Wilhelm Hense-Jensen and Ernst Bruncken, Wisconsins
Deutsch-Americkaner, Milwaukee, 1900-1902; Regina Ruben,
Mathilde Franziska Anneke, Hamburg (R. Rugen); A.B. Faust,
Memoirs of Mathilde Franziska Giesler-Anneke, German-American
Annals, University of Pennsylvania, May-August, 1918; News-
paper articles and other information in the possession of Mrs.
Hertha Anneke Sanne, Alhambra, California.
(in pencil written by Hertha A. Sonne & Henrietta M. Heimzen [sp})
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