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 Lydia A. <I>Allen</I> Anthony

Lydia A. Allen Anthony

Ellsworth, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 Jan 1917 (aged 83)
Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, USA
Burial Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, USA
Plot Blk 1 Lot 82
Memorial ID 100140372 · View Source
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Daughter of Harvey and Lacaba (Adams) Allen. She arrived in Illinois in 1857.


Mrs. Lydia A. Anthony, 83 years old, died Tuesday, January 16. She had been ill for a couple of weeks with a severe cold which developed into pneumonia.

Lydia A. Allen was born September 21, 1833, at Ellsworth, O. She was born September 21, 1833, at Ellsworth, O. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Allen. She was educated at Oberlin, O., and came to Princeton in 1857 to accept a position as teacher in the Union schools.

Her marriage to Dr. W. C. Anthony was solmenized [sic] on September, 1860. Mr. Anthony died twenty-seven years ago and since that time Mrs. Anthony had made her home with her sister, Mrs. Hunt, on South Main street. She united with the Congregational church in 1858 with which denomination she continued her membership.

The funeral was held on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Henry James Lee had charge of the services. Miss Reese Morgan rendered two solos and Rev. and Mrs. Lee gave a duet at the request of the family. Rev. Lee said in part:

There are two methods of proof which may be applied to the Christian religion. There is the discursive method used in the Christian pulpit, and there is the practical method in which lives demonstrate the presence and power of Christ. The life of Mrs. Anthony was such a demonstration of the truth of Christianity.

She lived in comparative obscurity. Her fame will not be heralded to the world by poet and historian. Neither will we find her picture hung in the world's hall of fame. She waited not upon the plaudits of the multitude but constantly sought the approval of her Lord. And in God's Hall of Fame her portrait may be found. She has been greeted with the Masters' "Well Done" and her life is found dear to the heart of God.

Her home life was beautiful. Sometimes when joining together man and woman in holy matrimony the minister feels led to pray that the new home established may reflect the beauty of the home of God, and the love of the home may be as pure and unselfish as the love of God. Of such a kind was the home of Mrs. Anthony. Her home was also the home of God. Christ was the unseen presence; the guest of honor always the constant companion. Her day was always begun with God, and ere sleep touched the spirit to rest, her soul was committed to God in prayer. Even when sick unto death she reminded her dear niece that morning devotional service had been overlooked. With her home was the sweetest place on earth. Her home life was a pattern for us all to follow.

And as a neighbor she demonstrated the power of the Christian religion. She was always seeking to give aid to another. Her pantry, her vegetable cellar, her medicine closet, were at the disposal of any who might need them. She always found time to visit the sick; to encourage the disheartened; to help the needy. Her home was a center of helpfulness to all the homes around. Christian neighborliness, that precious and rare virtue, was her constant practice.

And this woman of the home, this friendly neighbor, this beautiful life shining out of obscurity, was not out of touch with the larger world. She was interested in the community life. She was proud of Princeton and sought always to forward those things which would conserve the finer things of our social life. Through continuous reading she kept in touch with the movement of things so that it could be said of her, that though years left their mark upon the body, the mind was always young and alert. One will long remember the patriotic pride and the sense of responsibility with which she went to the polls at the recent election and registered her vote for her chosen candidate for the presidency.

Mr. Anthony was an active member of the Congregational church. To her religion was not mere intellectual assent to a set of propositions, but a power to live by. She truly adorned the doctrine of her Lord and Master. She was constant in attendance upon Divine worship. In former days she taught in the Sunday school and many of her boys, now grown to manhood, will remember in affection her appeals to them to accept her Saviour and Lord. And she continued in attendance at Sunday school until a few weeks before her passing. The Lord's work at home and abroad was constantly upon her heart and out of a limited supply of funds she gave liberally to the work of the Kingdom. In her departure, the militant church has suffered the loss of a New Testament disciple.

And her faith made her tender hearted to other causes. Many were the appeals for assistance which came to her home; and few were these worthy ones turned away. Many institutions throughout the land will miss her letters of encouragement and her gifts. Not that she had much to give but that she gave gladly what she could. Her name as a giver was not published abroad, for her alms-giving was of the kind described by our Lord when He said, "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth." And now this beautiful life has gone home. Yes! she is not dead! She has just just [sic] gone home! To believe that such a life is snuffed out like the light of candle, is to deny the moral order of the universe. Because her Lord lives, Mrs. Anthony lives also. And if she could speak now, she would say, "Talk not about me, tell them about the Lord." Yes, this life of godliness and goodness is the product of the presence of Jesus in the life. May Mrs. Anthony's Savior redeem us also from sin and self to such a life as she lived; a life which demonstrates the truth of the Christian religion.

Bureau County Republican
Princeton, Illinois
Jan. 25, 1917
Page 2, Column 3

Buried with parents

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