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Emma M. Hopkins Durkee, 1859

Emma M. Hopkins was born in Cortland, NY, in 1859, and came to Albion in 1879, making her home with her aunt, Mrs.J.N. Belcher, who lived on North Eaton street.

She was united in marriage with Willard C. Durkee, of Albion, on March 3, 1884, at Grotton, NY, and they once took up their residence at 201 South Berrien street, where she has lived continuously since her marriage, with theexception of two years in Lansing in 1891-1892 when Mr. Durkee was employed in the auditor general’s office at the state capital.

With her husband she was initiated into Albion Rebekah Lodge, No. 23, I.O.O.F., in 1888, and passed the officer’s chair’s in 1890. She was captain of the degree staff, district deputy president 8 years, andseveral times sent as representative to the Rebekah assembly and served on assembly committees. Mrs. Durkee was presented with a veteran’s jewel in 1929 from her Lodge.

Mrs. Durkee assisted in organizing the Woman’s Relief Corps in 1888 and was its second president, has also filled that office three times since, and at present is their patriotic instructor.

Mrs. Durkee became a member of the Ladies Literary club in 1917, held the office of treasurer ten years and is now serving her third term as president. She assisted the Albion Federation of Women’s Clubs in organizing the Three-Quarters Century club and later was made an honorary member of this club. K99

Source: Miriam Krenerick. Albion’s Milestones and Memories. Albion, MI: Art Craft Press. 1932.

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