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 Maria Louisa <I>Cutter</I> Auten

Maria Louisa Cutter Auten

Pelham, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 6 Dec 1933 (aged 90)
Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Burial Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Plot Merritt's Division , Row 1, Lot 48
Memorial ID 26909406 · View Source
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Daughter of Benjamin F. & Sarah (Russell) Cutter, wife of Edward Auten, Sr., m. May 7, 1869. Buried Dec 8, 1933.


Dec 1933
Princeville Telephone


Funeral services fro Mrs. Maria L. Auten, wife of Edward Auten Sr. of Princeville, oldest woman resident of the village and one of its most loved and distinguished citizens, who passed away at her home in Princeville on Wednesday evening, December 6, at 8:50 o'clock, were held at the Presbyterian church, Princeville, last Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. A. B. Ryan, the pastor.
The flowing six grandsons acted as pallbearers: Richard Auten on Vincennes, Indiana; Phillip Auten, Howard Auten, Charles Auten, jr., and Bradley Auten, all of Oak Park, Ill.; and Ralph Armstrong of Urbana, Ill.
A large gathering of relatives and friends attended the last rites for this good woman, who without a doubt, one of Princeville's outstanding citizens for over 65 years and in her passing the entire community has suffered a distinct loss.
Out of town friends attending the services were: Misses Jeannette Obenchain and Helen Hutchins of Chicago, Miss Anna Oakes of Maywood, Ill., and A W. Oakfrod, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Andrew, Will Keach and Miss Helen Elliott of Peoria.
Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended to her aged husband and eight surviving children who are as follows: Benjamin C. of Carterville, Mo., Mrs. Lydia Armstrong of Urbana, Ill., Nellie of Princeville, Ill., Peter of Bloomington, Ill., Sarah and Edward Jr. of Princeville, Ill. and Charles H. and Louis of Oak Park, Ill.
The following obituary was read at the services:
Maria Louisa Cutter was born at Pelham, New Hampshire, on February 26, 1843 and died at her home in Princeville, Illinois, on December 6, 1933, aged 90 years, 9 months and 19 days. She was the daughter of Benjamin F. and Sarah Russell Carter. Left motherless at 10months of age, she was raised by a step-mother, Julia Howe Cutter, who gave her every loving care as well as her own mother could have done

Her father was a nurseryman and conducted his business on a rugged New Hampshire farm. Girlhood was spent attending country school. Many were the happy hours of play on the massive granite rock and in the pine woods. Winters were long, cold and snowy, with skating and sledding. Summertimes she followed her father at his work along his rows of young trees and shrubs. All this early life implanted in her a passionate love of flowers, stones and trees, which kept through all the later years of her life here in the prairie region so different from her early home. Three were first, and she always felt that some place could be found for every young sapling, no matter how lowly its species.
She had two own sisters and two own brothers, all of whom have preceded her in death. Mrs. Lemuel Auten was an own sister. She has one half-brother, now deceased, and on half-sister, Mrs. Julia F. Richardson, who lives at Dracut, Massachusetts.
After finishing country school she went to an academy near Boston and then began teaching, one position being at Guildhall, Vermont, near the Canadian line. Her health began to fail and she was advised to leave New England and seek a dryer climate. About 1865 she came to Princeville and made her home wither uncle, Dr. Charles Cutter. She continued her teaching, her work being at the Washington school west of West Jersey, also one mile east of Princeville and the Streitmatter school near the original Christian Apostolic church.
She was united in marriage to Edward Auten on May 6, 1869, and her death broke a span of 64 years of married life. To them born nine children, eight of whom survive her and are present today. On Lemuel, a twin of Charles H., died at the age of six weeks. She is also survived by her half-sister before mentioned, ten grandsons, four granddaughters and one great grandson.
Early in life she joined the Congregational church at Pelham and at the age of twelve sang in the church choir. Possessed of a clear, sweet soprano voice, she loved to sing. Later she played the organ and her choir work did not cease until as organist of the Princeville Presbyterian church she took five children with her to her post.

Mother Auten's life centered about her home, young people, the church and school. She had an absolute, unquestioning faith in her God and her religion. Her life was one span of enormous endeavor and accomplishment. Once convinced that a cause was fro the right side she not only accepted it without further question but was willing to work, to pray and to fight for it. She was one of the early members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, that band of earnest women who fought the saloon and the liquor habit as the worst enemies of their homes, and who first brought the liquor traffic into the true light as a social curse. She was heart and soul with her husband in promoting the cause of education, especially in maintaining the old Presbyterian Academy at a time when high school facilities were not generally available as now. She took and active interest in the advancement of all young people, anxious to help them procure an education, musical training, or to have good books. Her home was opened to many distinguished persons brought here to further the cause of music and education
Unforgettable is her unbounded optimism—always joyous, always cheerful, never complaining. She kept all her many interests just as long as her failing strength would let her. On her last day as she lay unable to speak she reached out to hold the hands of her loved ones, an unquenchable spirit going peacefully to its final home.

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