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Esther Hall Auten
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1881
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1916
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Daughter of Lemuel & Esther R. (Cutter) Auten. Died of acute peritonitis. Buried Oct. 18, 1916.

Oct 1916
Princeville Telephone

Community Shocked by Sad Intelligence Which Comes Next Morning
Seemed in Usual Health Saturday Night—Funeral Service Held Wednesday
Surprise and sadness mingled in the hearts of hundreds of residents of Princeville and vicinity Tuesday morning when the distressing tidings spread that Miss Esther Auten had passed away at 11:45 p.m., the previous evening.
Sudden Sickness

Last Saturday night Miss Auten Attended the County Sunday school convention at the Presbyterian church and afterward chatted with friends in usual cheerful and kindly way. Early Sunday morning she was stricken with the fatal illness which continued all through Sunday. On Monday the patient expressed the confidence that she was improving but the ailment was far more serious than had been imagined and death entered the home unexpectedly just before midnight. Acute peritonitis was the direct cause.

News Comes as Shock

Comparatively few knew of Miss Auten illness, as it seems with little warning and thus surprise, amounting to consternation, accompanied the deplorable news of her untimely death.

Youngest of Family

Esther Hall Auten, sixth daughter and youngest child of Esther and Lemuel Auten, was born April 23d. 1881 and passed beyond this life October 1th, 1916. Her father and mother, five sisters, Mrs. Edith Corney, Mrs. Chris. Fry, Mrs. Stewart Campbell, and Miss Anna all residing here or in this locality, and Mrs. Wm, Tambling of Zion City, Ill., as well as one brother, Andrew Auten of Oberlin, O. remain to mourn their loss. Her death was the first in the family circle which had hot been broken during fifty three years.

Miss Auten joined the Princeville Presbyterian church in early girlhood. Her education began in the country school of Akron and was continued in the Monica and Princeville Public schools. She was a graduate of the Old Princeville Academy, also attended Bradley Polytechnic Institute at Peoria. She took a 4 years course in physical training at Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio, receiving a Bachelor's degree.

As Physical Director

In Cleveland, Ohio, she obtained an excellent position as physical director which she held for more than 2 years. Miss Auten was proud of the fact that she was entrusted with buying equipment for the gymnasium, which was one of the largest as well as finest in the country. She belonged to the Y. W. C. A.

Miss Auten was in Atlanta, Ga., for less than a year when she went to Albion College, Albion, Michigan and stayed for six years. Upon attempting to teach again near St. Louis, last year, her health failed and she gave up work on the advice of a physician.

The funeral service was conducted Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church, in charge of Rev. E. M. Snook. Every seat in the large auditorium was filled and it was necessary to use part of the seating capacity of the Sunday school apartment. The floral tributes were of special beauty and very numerous. The pulpit was decorated in flowers and ferns of green and red. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. A. J. Hawkes, Mrs. B. W. Heath, Dr. Hawkins and W. O. Foster. Burial was in Princeville cemetery.
Family links: 
  Lemuel Auten (1837 - 1922)
  Esther Ruhamah Cutter Auten (1839 - 1928)
  Edith Robah Auten Corney (1864 - 1941)*
  Maria Emily Auten Fry (1867 - 1952)*
  Andrew Auten (1869 - 1939)*
  Anna R Auten Campbell (1873 - 1958)*
  Julia Cutter Auten Campbell (1878 - 1927)*
  Esther Hall Auten (1881 - 1916)
*Calculated relationship
Princeville Township Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Merritt's Division, Row 2, Lot 47 north
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: Oct 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22075458
Esther Hall Auten
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Esther Hall Auten
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