Obit: Draper, Lucia S. (1831 - 1921)

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----Source: LOYAL TRIBUNE (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 03/31/1921

Draper, Lucia S. (9 DEC 1831 - 27 MAR 1921)

Lucia S. Clement was born in the town of Canadea, Allegheny co., N.Y., Dec. 9, 1831, of New England parentage, being the fifth of eleven children, all of which preceded her in death.

At the age of fifteen years she was converted and united with the M. E. Church, of a deeply religious nature she remained a consistent Christian for seventy-five years, both in precept and example.

Always feeling deeply upon all the great reforms, she entered Oberlin College in 1950, although there were other colleges nearer her home, because at that time Oberlin was the only college that admitted Negroes and one of the few at that time where men and women were admitted on an equality; after competing her education she taught school for a number of years in Ohio and New York.

Having a love of the beautiful and a natural talent for art, she studied painting and became a painter of no little ability, as the picture in her home now testify; dong her last work in 1919 at the age of eighty-seven years.

Possessed of a wonderful memory, only a few weeks ago she recalled incidents in the presidential campaigns as far back as that of William Henry Harrison in 1840.

During the Civil War she took an active part in the work which in the later wars has been performed by the Red Cross Society and kindred organizations.

She was united in marriage, Oct. 23, 1866 to Horace Draper of Townsend, Ohio; moving the following spring to Fond du Lac County, Wis., where she and her husband resided until 1872, when they moved to Loyal, Clark County, Wis., settling on the farm where they resided at the time of her death, which occurred just at the close of Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, one son, Fred W. Draper of Loyal, Wis., and one granddaughter, Bernice E. Draper of Fredericktown, Mo., and a host of friends.

Always an advanced thinker, she was an ardent Abolitionist at a time when even in the North the abolition of slavery was unpopular. She was one of the charter members of the Loyal W.C.T.U. and its secretary for many years, becoming a life member in 1916. Although never unity with any Suffrage society she was a firm believer in and supporter of Woman Suffrage since its conception. She lived to see all these great reforms established facts.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Chatterson officiating. Interment was in the Loyal Cemetery.



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