Harriet is the second child of Fred Vernon Barber. My grandfather, Chauncey, Claude, is her older brother and close sibling since they are a year apart in age. Both Harriet and my grandma, Leoria, are born in 1903.
At the Helen Street school in 1912, she along with her brother C. Claude, and Leoria Wilbur, all make the honor roll. This confirms Grandma and Grandpa knew each other in grade school and lived in the same area. They are an unlikely couple, the daughter of one of the most outstanding professional citizens and the son of the shoe factory mechanic.
The Binghamton Central High School yearbook of 1921 describes Our graduating senior as “so short and sweet and dignified”. That is the Aunt Harriet I remember.
By 1937 they have moved to 676 E Kingsley Ave Pomona, California. Harriet is the Supervisor of the Public Schools and Glenn appears unemployed. Of interest again, in his World War I draft card, Glenn lists himself as a teacher with no job. However, he claims exemption because he has dependents, which other than his teacher wife, are a mystery. Both Glenn and Harriet have advanced degrees. She is a psychologist at the Fred C Nelles School for Boys in Whittier, now considered a haunted property. Glenn, who graduated from USC, attended Northwestern, and worked as a principal, drives a truck for the Pacific Colony, Spadra.
In 1942 and Harriet is a widow at 39 when Glenn dies unexpectedly of a heart attack.
Our family sees Harriet infrequently during my childhood. One time is her father’s funeral held at the Boulevard Methodist Church for which she returns in 1963. We probably did not attend as young children, however, saw her during her time on the east coast. How odd that her father was a patient at the Binghamton State Hospital at the time of his death, an institution she knows well.
In 1965, Harriet teaches at the Paso Robles School for Boys. Her home is 245 Olive in Paso Robles, a career she continues for awhile.
Both Harriet and her son pass away in 1984.
I studied Educational Psychology, ending with a degree in Counseling, and my niece is in a masters program for School Counseling. It started with the daughter of a mechanic who braved the male dominated field and continued a career past retirement age.
Well done, Aunt Harriet!