Alice S. Porter

Succumbed This Morning After Several Months' Illness of Brights Disease - Funeral Tomorrow.

Miss Alice S. Porter, daughter of the late dearly beloved Rev. Porter, died at 6:25 o'clock this morning at Mercy hospital of Bright's disease after an illness covering several months.  She was taken sick the first of October but became very much improved and was able to resume her school work for a time, but six weeks ago she got down again and after a hard and brave fight for life, passed away this morning, after being unconscious for two weeks.

Miss Porter was born in Coldwater, Mich., April 1, 1872, making her 44 years of age at the time of her death.  She came here with her parents when just a baby and grew to young womanhood here. She went through our city schools and then graduated at the Presbyterian Girl's school at Oswego, afterward attended an Art Institute in Chicago.  She later established an art studio in Chicago and was engaged with it from 1901 to 1907 when she was forced to give it up on account of ill health.  While in Chicago she also attended the Women's  Medical college. 

In the spring of 1908 she was appointed art supervisor of the city schools here and has taught here ever  since excepting when she took a six months' leave of absence when she went to the New York schol of Fine and Applied Arts.  for several summers she taught art in the Emporia Normal.  Last fall she was made a member of the Kansas Dinner club, which is an elective organization of educators and limited to only 50 members.  She was chairman of the drawing divisions of the Kansas State Teachers' association., a member of the D.A.R., W.C.T.U., and an active Sunday school worker. 

Aside from these public offices she was a woman who was always engaged in private Christian work, especially among old people and needy neglected children. She was the kind of a Christian that did not let her left hand know what her rigth hand did, and the good she did will never be known.  One thing that worried her while sick at the hosptial was what would become of two little children she has been providing for, she said she hoped they would get through next winter all right.  That is the sample of the many, many noble things she was always doing.  She lived the Christianity that her noble father, Dr. Porter of the Presbyterian church, preached to this community for 35 years.

She is survived by two sisters, Miss Lucy Porter, of this city, and Miss Carrie Porter, at Chickasha, Ok.; a brother, Will Porter, at Chicago, and an aunt, Mrs. C. M. Castle of this city, and a cousin, Mrs. W. M. McGrew of Chanute, Kas. They were all by her bedside last week, but  ----  condition improved those ----- of town left.

There will be brief funeral services tomorrow at 12:15 o'clock at the Presbyterian church and the body will be taken to the old home of her parents in Naperville, Ill., where services will be held Monday and interment will be made in the family lot by the side of her father and mother in the Naperville cemetery.

The casket will not be open at the church, but the body will lie in state at the home on 726 South Crawford street, this evening from 7 to 8 o'clock and tomorrow morning from 9 to 11 o'clock.

The pall bearers have been chosen as follows:  Prof. Devlin, Prof. Ramsey, J. D. Mead, John Pritchard, Cleland Bright, and W. J. Calhoun.

CONTRIBUTOR'S NOTE:  Alice was born April 1, 1872, and died on March 25, 1916.  This article ran in the newspaper in Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Alice was the daughter of  Rev. Dr. William Clay Porter, and the granddaughter of Rev., Johnathan Porter, early Presbyterian minister of Naperville, Illinois, and of Dr. John W. Cunningham, Presbyterian minister whose last pastorate was the Congregational church in Naperville.

This file was contributed for use by the DuPage County ILGenWeb Project  by:
 Pat Sabin,   January 21, 2013

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