|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1837|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 1933|
March 30, 1933, Morning Star (Rockford, IL), pg. 1
MRS. BRAZEE, 95, OLDEST R-C GRADUATE, IS DEAD
Mrs. Caroline Potter Brazee, who lived in Rockford for ninety-three of her ninety-five years, died last night at 11:20 o'clock at her home, 314 South 2nd street.
She was the oldest surviving alumna and former faculty member of Rockford college, and she had resided continuously in this city longer than any other citizen.
Born in New York state, Oct. 28, 1837, the daughter of J.B. Potter and Adaline Lathrop Potter, she was brought to Rockford by her parents in 1839.
Her father, J.B. Potter, was one of the original trustees of Rockford Femail seminary, which later became Rockford college, and on the day of the school's opening Caroline Potter was enrolled as a student. She was graduated from the seminary in 1855 in the second class to receive diplomas, and throughout her long active lie she retained an alert interest in her alma mater
After her graduation she became a teacher and filled teaching positions in northern Illinois, Joilet, and St. Joseph, MO. She returned to her alma mater to serve as head of the history department from 1872 to 1882.
When Rockford seminary became Rockford college and was empowered to give degrees, the trustees immediately conferred on her the honorary degree of master of arts.
In 1884, Caroline Potter was married to Col. C.M. Brazee, a prominent lawyer and civil war veteran. After his death in 1886, Mrs Brazee devoted herself to the education of her four step-children.
Later she turned again to the educational interests of Rockford, and was eagerly sought as a leader for study clubs, a program-maker for literary societies, and a lecturer on historical themes.
Hers was a vivid personality, and students who sat in her classes felt the stir and enthusiasm of her active mind and caught a vision of scholarship as an exciting pursuit. To them history became a story o the evolution of society.
For many years Mrs. Brazee was the leader of the Outlook club, which was organized in 1892. She was the last surviving charter member of the Monday club, which was organized 1877, probably the first purely literary women's club in Rockford.
Her first church membership was with Westminster Presbyterian church. Later she was connected with First Congregational church, but in recent years she had worshiped again with the Westminster congregation.
She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Harding, St. Joseph, Mo., and Miss Frances L. Potter of this city; and two stepdaughters, Miss Elizabeth Brazee of Glencoe, and Mrs. Fred Goodspeed, Evanston.
From the windows of her home on South 2nd street in the college neighborhood, Mrs. Brazee watched one generation of students follow another, and always with a sympathetic understanding.
A few years ago, when many people were worrying audibly about the short-skirted, short-haired flapper of that era, Mrs. Brazee told a newspaper caller: "Girls of today aren't much different than the girls of my school days. Back in the early days of the college it was a little more unusual for a girl to get a higher education, and perhaps she took it with a little more seriousness than the student of today, but not much.
Skirts are shorter, but the girls are pretty much the same."
Joel Baldwin Potter (1810 - 1880)
Adaline Lathrop Potter (1813 - 1903)
Christopher Martin Brazee (1832 - 1886)
Caroline Amelia Potter Brazee (1837 - 1933)
Frances Lathrop Potter (1845 - 1937)*
Martha Potter (1854 - 1855)*
95 yrs 5 mos 1 day
Cedar Bluff Cemetery
Plot: 15 020 02
Created by: Mookie
Record added: Jan 13, 2013
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