Mrs. E. J. James Taken by Death
- Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 20 Nov 1914, p. 6
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Mrs. Anna Margarethe James, wife of President Edmund J. James of the University of Illinois, and a former popular resident of Evanston, died Friday in the North Shore Health Resort in Winnetka, where she had been a patient for several weeks.
Present at the bedside were Dr. James and a daughter, Miss Helen, and a son, Prof. Herman G. James, of the University of Texas, Lieut. Anthony J. James of hte United States navy is another son.
The news of Mrs. James' death was withheld at Champaign, Illinois, at the alumni mass meeting, where thousands of alumni of the university were gathered in celebration of the annual home coming for the football match today with the University of Chicago.
At the request of President James there will be no outward signs of mourning at the University where Dr. James urged that the athletics and other entertainments proceed without reference to the death of his wife.
Mrs. James was the daughter of the Rev. Wilhelm Roderich Lange, who was a graduate of the University of Halle, Germany, and a chaplain in the Prpussian army. Her grandfather on her mother's side was William Gerlach, professor of philosophy in the University of Halle for more than fifty years. Mrs. James was born in Halle. She met Dr. James in Halle, where the latter was studying.
Dr. and Mrs. James were married August 22, 1879, at Bloomington, where Dr. James was principal at that time of the model high school in the Illinois State normal school.
After her marriage Mrs. James, while keeping house with a servant, studied latin and added that language to the list of those she had already mastered in her studies in Germany. She did this to assist her husband in his work as principal. She corrected examination papers, thereby giving Dr. James time to pursue his studies.
Mrs. James at one time saved from her household allowance and inscribed the amount toward the [iillegible] of the Young Men's Christian Association for the students at the University of Illinois. She authorized similar $500 for the Young Women's Christian Association.
While Dr. James was president of Northwestern University the couple resided at 2204 Orrington avenue. During her life in this city Mrs. James was very active in social and church work, and the news of her death came as a shock to her many friends here, who realized she was very ill but had not thought that the [illegible] would prove fatal.
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