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 Emma <I>Lager</I> Canterbury

Emma Lager Canterbury

Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 28 Jan 1925 (aged 75)
Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, USA
Burial Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, USA
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Obituary 5 Feb 1925: Mrs. Emma Lager Canterbury
Mrs. Emma Lager Canterbury widow of the late Richard A Canterbury expired January 28, 1925 at her home in Glencoe, Ill.

Mrs. Canterbury was born seventy-five years ago, June 19, 1849, at Providence, R.I. At the age of five, she came to Illinois with her parents, who settled at Franklin Grove. Her girlhood days had a patriotic background. During the enlistment meetings at the opening of the Civil War, she played and sang her encouragement for the boys going to the front.

Not long after the close of that war, she married Richard A Canterbury who had come from Ireland a mere lad, had enlisted in the 5th Wisconsin Volunteers at the first call for men, having fought under the colors of his adopted country during the entire war and at its close had come to Franklin Grove to make a place for himself in the community. Untiring energy, an exalted courage and an integrity that was never questioned, won the respect and confidence of everyone with whom he came in contact.

Mrs. Canterbury had a big part in this building. Eight children were born to them in Franklin Grove: Lucy, later the wife of Warren C. Durkes of Dixon, Ill., Charles, James, Leona, Richard, George, Catherine and Emma. Of these, three survive: Leona (Mrs. Maurice Mandeville) of Lake Bluff, Ill., Richard C of Highland Park, Ill., and Emma ( Mrs. George W. Wilson) of Glencoe, Ill.

With her devotion to her home and children, Mrs. Canterbury coupled at earnest support of every community movement that made for good. No Chapter of the early history of the Franklin Grove Presbyterian Church but bore the imprint of her influence. In the choir, in Sunday School, or wherever a woman's help was needed, she was active in her own efficient way.

After a year's stay in California, Mr. Canterbury engaged in business in Chicago in which (unreadable ) in 1893. He died in 1906 Of Mrs. Canterbury's nineteen years of widowhood, the last three years were spent in Glencoe, Ill., where she died. With this passing, is broken a tie between antebellum days and the present generation. Wherever she lived, her sterling qualities have been recognized in service to others, cheerfulness, hospitality, courage, serenity, and spirituality, all epitomized in her favorite verse of scripture, which was, "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are rue, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things."

The remains were brought to Franklin Grove, Friday noon, and services were conducted in the Presbyterian church, Rev. Prentiss Hovey Case of Dixon and the local pastor Rev. T. L. Jones having charge of the services. Interment was made in the local cemetery.

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