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Emma B Eldridge Alrich
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1845
Seaville
Cape May County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1925
Cawker City
Mitchell County
Kansas, USA

Married Levi Lockard Alrich - 13 Feb 1866

Parents of Rachel Canby Alrich Alaric Grandy Alrich Eliza Lockard Alrich & Mercy Alrich

December 24, 1925
Cawker City Ledger
Three Pioneers are Called...
[Photo. caption: MRS. ALRICH.]
- Emma B. Alrich was born April 4th 1845 at Seaville, Cape May County New Jersey, died at her home in Cawker City, December 15th 1925,at the age of eighty years, eight months and eleven days. Her childhood and early womanhood were
passed in New Jersey. At the age of thirteen she entered the academy at Seaville and two years later, at the age of fifteen, she was granted a certificate giving her the right to teach school. This was in 1860, on the evening of the war of The Rebellion. Throughout the war period she alternated between teaching school and completing her education. She was graduated from the State Normal School of
New Jersey, June 23, 1864. She continued teaching until after the close of the war, when in February 1866 she was married to Levi L. Alrich, a veteran of the Federal Army, Co. B, 71 Pa. Regt. They made their home in Philadelphia for several years where Mr. Alrich was engaged in business. While living there, four children were born to them: Rachel
Canby, who died in 1916, Alaric Gandy, who is still living and has a thriving business in Lawrence, Kansas, and two others who died in infancy. One of the enjoyable memories of
Mrs. Alrich's life in Philadelphia was her experience in singing in the grand choir of Moody and Sankey when those evangelists were there and also of singing in the Centennial
Chorus in 1876. She held membership in the Handel and Haydn Society. After some twelve years spent in the city, the lure of the west began to assert itself in Mr. Alrich and he
started out to find a location. Mrs. Alrich and the children spent a year with her parents in New Jersey, then
word came from her husband that his quest had led him to locate at Cawker City, Kansas in what was then new and rapidly developing territory. Thither then, came the rest
of the family in 1879, where together they were destined to do a greater work in community building than they could have ever done where they came from. The same year in
which they located, Mrs. Alrich began teaching in the Cawker School and continued for two years. In 1881 she says she "rested," but in 1882 we find her again at the teach-
ers desk this time as Supt. of the school. In 1883 they bought a newspaper and from that time until the death
of Mr. Alrch in 1917, they were editors of "The Cawker City Record." Assisting in editing a paper did not consume all of Mrs. Alrich's energy by any means. She was public spirit-
ed and in no narrow sense of the tem. She was interested in county state and nation as well as in Cawker. Her list of activities included:
assisting in founding National W. R.C.;
Founding Library Club;
Delegate to National Education Society in Boston;
Founding of Kansas Woman's
Press Association; State President
of W. R. G.; Organizer of Woman's
Civic League; one term as Post-
mistress of Kansas Legislature and
two terms of filling clerk of that
body. These are only a few of the
enterprises she engaged in outside
her routine work.
In religious belief, Mrs. Alrich was
a Baptist. She was converted at the
age of twelve and united with the
First Baptist Church of Cape May
Court House, New Jersey, [and] on August 31, 1907 she became a member of the First Baptist Church of Cawker City where she retained her membership until the time of her death.
Funeral services were held in the
Baptist Church of Cawker at 2:00 p.
m. December 17 conducted by pas-
tor, Rev. H. P. Blunt, assisted by
Rev. MacInnes of the Presbyterian
church and Rev. Roberts of the
Methodist Church. The Women's
Relief Corps of Beloit, of which Mrs.
Alrcih was a member, also had part in
the program at the church. Interment followed in Prairie Grove Cemetery.

From the book, "Pioneer Women of Kansas" by Joanna L. Stratton. Emma B. Eldridge (Levi L.) Alrich: emigration date 1879 at age 34. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Eldredge (1820 - 1887)
 
 Spouse:
  Levi Lockard Alrich (1840 - 1917)
 
 Children:
  Rachel Canby Alrich (1867 - 1916)*
  Alaric Gandy Alrich (1868 - 1939)*
  Eliza Lockard Alrich (1871 - 1876)*
  Mercy Alrich (1876 - 1876)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Wife
 
Burial:
Prairie Grove Cemetery
Cawker City
Mitchell County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: Carol
Record added: Dec 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32261075
Emma B <i>Eldridge</i> Alrich
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Emma B <i>Eldridge</i> Alrich
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Emma B <i>Eldridge</i> Alrich
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Levi and Emma were married 13 Feb 1866 and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in February, 1916.
- NJBrewer
 Added: Feb. 14, 2015
located in Section C Lot 3
- Toni Helvey Schlaefli
 Added: Jan. 1, 2011
 
 
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