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Emilia Field Brewer
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1834
Izmir, Turkey
Death: Jan. 4, 1918
Stockbridge
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA

She was a teacher from 1876 to 1882 at the Huguenot Seminary in Wellington, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Later she worked for 17 years with poor mountain whites in northern Alabama. She also taught in Kansas and Nebraska and in a Hartford school for the blind.

She took up residency in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and joined two of her sisters (M. Adele and Elizabeth) -- together with Alice Byington (a friend who lived with them) -- in running a girls' school.

She never married.

In 1904 she single-handedly staged the first successful sit-down strike in the United States. The New England Telephone Company planned to put a pole in her front yard, and they began digging the hole. But Emilia Brewer came out and sat in the hole, blocking their efforts. In fact, she stayed there overnight, sleeping in a tent provided by a kind neighbor. So the Telephone Company finally managed to install the pole across the street.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Josiah Brewer (1796 - 1872)
  Emilia Ann Field Brewer (1807 - 1861)
 
 Siblings:
  Henrietta Whitney Brewer Bidwell (1831 - 1901)*
  Fisk Parsons Brewer (1832 - 1890)*
  Emilia Field Brewer (1834 - 1918)
  David Josiah Brewer (1837 - 1910)*
  Marshall Bidwell Brewer (1840 - 1862)*
  Mary Adele Brewer (1842 - 1934)*
  Elizabeth Hale Brewer (1847 - 1913)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Emilia Field Brewer
1834 - 1918
With Christ
Which Is Far Better

 
Burial:
Stockbridge Cemetery
Stockbridge
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Brewer Plot across from the David Dudley Field Sr. plot
 
Maintained by: Wilma Spice
Originally Created by: Diane Gravlee
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37929076
Emilia Field Brewer
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Emilia Field Brewer
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Emilia Field Brewer
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