Born: August 10, 1841, Manchester, New York.
Died: October 20, 1913, East Orange, New Jersey.
Buried: Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.
Daughter of a Methodist minister, Lathbury studied art in Worcester, Massachusetts, and taught art and French at the Newbury Academy, Vermont, and in New York.
She contributed pieces to St. Nicholas, Harper’s Young People, and Wide Awake.
She was associated with the Chautauqua Movement near Chautauqua, New York, and was known as the
poet laureate of Chautauqua. Regarding her talent for art and verse, she said that one day she heard a voice she believed was God, saying:
Remember, my child, that you have a gift of weaving fancies into verse and a gift with the pencil of producing visions that come to your heart; consecrate these to Me as thoroughly as you do your inmost spirit.