Mary Emerson, daughter of Ralph Emerson, married Edward P. Lathrop; her biography, “Mary Emerson Lathrop, 1863 – 1952” Dewey Dec. R B L 353 is shelved in the Local History collection; includes a picture of Mary and of her husband, and lists her financial gifts and bequests,
page 4 states that she gave large bequests to Rockford College and to Rockford Memorial Hospital
page 20 lists bequests to Wellesley College
page 27 states the bequests to Rockford College exceeded $500,000.
The five daughters of Ralph Emerson donated land and money to Mendelssohn Club.
Source: Market Street Press, June 2018 by Val DeCastris
Source: Rockford Register Star 4/15/2018
Source: Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register Republic “Century Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962
club still operating in 2018
Source: The Rock River Times, May 30, 2018 Vol. 25, No. 33, p. 15
Source: Rockford Register Star 1/21/2018
Source: Loaned from Private Collection to scan
Source: Rockford Civic Newcomers Club, Fall 1971 Scrapbook, donation
Source: Rockford Civic Newcomers Club 1971 Scrapbook, donation