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Emma B Eldridge Alrich
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1845
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 Coun-
ty New Jersey, died at her home in
Cawker City, December 15th 1925,
at the age of eighty years, eight
months and eleven days. Her child-
hood 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. Through-
out the war period she alternated be-
tween teaching school and complet-
ing her education. She was graduat-
ed from the State Normal School of
New Jersey, June 23, 1864. She con-
tinued 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, Kan-
sas, and two others who died in in-
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 member-
ship in the Handel and Haydn Socie-
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 be-
gan 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
In 1883 they bought a newspaper
and from that time until the death
of Mr. Alrch in 1917, they were ed-
itors 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 Caw-
ker. 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. Inter-
ment followed in Prairie Grove Ceme-
Family links: 
  Levi Lockard Alrich (1840 - 1917)
  Mercy Alrich (____ - 1876)*
  Rachel Canby Alrich (1867 - 1916)*
  Alaric Gandy Alrich (1868 - 1939)*
  Eliza Lockard Alrich (1871 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
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
Added by: Toni Helvey Schlaefli
Emma B <i>Eldridge</i> Alrich
Added by: Toni Helvey Schlaefli
Emma B <i>Eldridge</i> Alrich
Added by: Toni Helvey Schlaefli
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 Added: Jan. 1, 2011

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