Charlotte Belle Emerson Keith (1865-1950)
One of five very talented daughters of Ralph and Adaline E. (Talcott) Emerson, Charlotte Belle Emerson was born January 22, 1865 in Rockford, Illinois. At that time, her father headed one of Rockford's pioneer industries, the Emerson, Talcott Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of farm and plant implements. He later founded the Emerson-Brantingham company.
After attending the local Rockford schools, she and her sisters each followed their own path through the halls of Wellesley College. There, having been accepted as a Special student, since she was rather frail in health, she studied art, beginning in 1883, for which she received a Cert
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