Education, Business and Social Interests Important to First African-Americans

Emerson, Mary

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.


“Saint Ambrogio Club Marks 100 Years in South Rockford” – 2018, Val DeCastris

Source:  Market Street Press, June 2018 by Val DeCastris

Anstedt, H. Jackson, 1926 – 2018 – obituary

Source: Rockford Register Star 1/21/2018

Green River News issue, Green River Ordnance Plant – April 21, 1944, 8 pages

Source: Loaned from Private Collection to scan









Rockford Civic Newcomers Club – Nov. 1971, Gourmet Group, Fine Arts Group

Source: Rockford Civic Newcomers Club, Fall 1971 Scrapbook, donation