Following the death of her husband and their only child, Julia Bullard Nelson of Red Wing, Minnesota headed south to Texas in 1869 to teach African Americans in U.S. government-backed Freedmen's Bureau schools. Nelson spent the summers of the 1870s and 1880s in Minnesota, where she emerged as a state and national leader in the movement for women's suffrage and the temperance campaign against alcohol use.
Photograph of Mayer public school (District #73), c.1895. Teacher Thomas Burns stands with his students outside the one-room schoolhouse. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.