Dorothy Louise Harris

My paternal grandmother, Dorothy Louise Harris, grew up in Appleton, WI, the daughter of Orville and Katherine (Katie) Harris. She obtained her teaching degree in 1920 from Oshkosh Normal school, and taught first and second grade in Clintonville, WI from 1920 until 1923. She then taught 2nd grade at McKinley school in Appleton from 1923 until 1929, when she married my grandfather, Russell Weller, and moved back to Clintonville.

I’m very fortunate to have found many mentions of my grandmother in the Appleton Post-Crescent in the years from 1925 to 1929. Dorothy was very involved in her church, and seemed to be a very energetic school teacher.

The following newspaper excerpts are listed in chronological order and give a special glimpse of my Grandma’s early adult life. I’ve added some photos taken of her during that time period.


August 6, 1925 – Trip to Omaha

Mrs. O. D. Harris and daughter, Dorothy, 224 E. Winnebago St., left Tuesday for Omaha, Neb., where they will spend a few weeks with Mr. and Mrs Harold Cook. Mrs. Cook is a daughter of Mrs. Harris.

Dorothy (2nd from rt.) and her mother, Katie (rt.), visiting the Cooks in Omaha

Dorothy (3rd from left) and Katie (left) visiting the Cooks in Omaha

August 19, 1925 – Teaching Staff District 4

149 TEACHERS SIGN NAMES TO 1925 CONTRACTS
Teaching Staffs of City’s Schools Are Almost Completed Now

Fourth District Schools – Pearl Fellow, Dorothy Harris, Marjorie Hood, Agnes Tracy, Katherine Tracy, Margaret Stebensohn, Dott Smith, Elizabeth Wadsworth, Aurilia Whittlinger. Ungraded Room – Esther Rock, Lydia Schottler. Deaf Room – Edna Aderman, Ida Gleason.

August 28, 1925 – Returned from Omaha

PERSONALS

Mrs. O. D. Harris and daughter Dorothy have returned from a three weeks’ visit at the home of Mrs. Harold Cook, Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Cook formerly was Miss Belle Harris of this city.

January 9, 1926 – Chi Tau Meeting

CHURCH NOTES

Memorial Presbyterian Church
Virgil Bryant Scott, Minister.
Sunday school 9:45 A.M.
Morning worship 11 o’clock. A grain of Wheat.
Christian Endeavor 6:30 P.M.
Evening Service 7:30 P.M. Subject of Sermon, The Way Out.
Prayer meeting Thursday at 7:30 P.M.
Monday at 6:30 P.M. Monthly Teachers’ meeting of the Sunday School.

Chi Tau meet on Tuesday of this week at the home of Miss Dorothy Harris, 224 Winnebago St. at 6:30 P.M.

Monthly missionary meeting at the home of Mrs. S. W. Murphy on Tuesday of this week, January 12 at 2:30 P.M. The devotional service will be conducted by Mrs. Rhoades. The topic for the meeting is Utah. The committee in charge of the meeting consists of Mrs. W. D. Mason, Mrs. William Burbank, Mrs Stewart Leuchars, Mrs. David Ogelvie, and Mrs. O. D. Harris.

January 11, 1926 – Chi Tau Upsilon Meeting

CHURCH SOCIETIES

Chi Tau Upsilon of Memorial Presbyterian church will meet at Tuesday evening at the home of Miss Dorothy Harris, 224 E. Winnebago St. A supper will be served at 6:30 after which the business session will be held.


September 24, 1926 – Geography Committee

PICK TEACHERS TO PLAN PROGRAM
Committees Are Appointed to Work Out Educational Problems.

Committees to work out educational problems were appointed at the meeting of first and second grade teachers with Ben J. Rohan, superintendent of schools Wednesday afternoon. Other business include the distribution of programs for the Northeastern Teachers association convention in Oshkosh on Oct. 8 and a discussion of Better Teaching booklets which have been planned in order that teachers may measure their ability and development through the year.

Members of the geography committees are: Second grade, Miss Katherine Tracy, chairman, Miss Dorothy Harris, Miss Ruth Taylor, Miss Erma Temple…

McKinley School

December 18, 1926 – 2nd Grade Christmas Program

HOLD CLASS PARTIES FOR MCKINLEY PUPILS

Class parties were held in the grades at McKinley school Friday afternoon before the closing of  school for the Christmas holidays. Miss Elizabeth Wadsworth and Miss Agnes Tracey were in charge of the party for the kindergarten and first grade children. The second grade had it’s program alone. This was directed by Miss Dorothy Harris.

One of Dorothy’s 2nd Grade classes at McKinley School

February 5, 1927 – Chi Taus Meeting

CHURCH NOTES
Memorial Presbyterian Church

Chi Taus will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. at the home of Miss Dorothy Harris, 224 E. Winnebago St. Miss Evangeline Wirick, Miss Ruth Mielke, Miss Mararet Miskimin will act as the committee.

March 3, 1927 – Visual Education

VISUAL EDUCATION IS SHOWN TO PARENTS

Visual education as a part of geography teaching was demonstrated at the “go to school night” of the second, fourth, fifth and sixth grades of the McKinley school Wednesday night. About 100 parents attended the model classes.

Stereoptican slides and stereographs are used in the supplementary work of the children. Other subjects demonstrated were silent and oral reading, spelling, mathematics, including examples of the true and false test method of teaching, and oral English.

Teachers in charge of the classes were Miss Pearl Fellows, Miss Josephine Sexton, Miss Elsie E. Sandberg, and Miss Dorothy Harris.

April 20, 1927 – Chi Tau Society Officers

ELECT OFFICERS AT MEETING OF CHURCH SOCIETY

Election of officers was the principal business at the meeting of the Chi Tau Society of Memorial Presbyterian church Tuesday evening at the home of Miss Dorothy Schenck, N. Leminwahset. A supper was served at 6:30 preceding the business session. Miss Schenck was assisted by the Misses Margaret Miskimmin and Vivian Viel.

Miss Olga Heller was elected president for the coming year. Miss Ruth Mielke was elected vice president and Miss Dorothy Harris was elected secretary and treasurer. Patronesses for the year will be Miss Jessie King, Mrs. J. E. Bond and Mrs. Virgil B. Scott.


September 12, 1927 – Chi Taus Meeting and Womens Missionary Society

CHI TAUS TO HOLD FIRST MEET OF YEAR

Chi Tau Upsilon society of Memorial Presbyterian church will resume its meetings for the season with a supper at 6:30 Tuesday evening at the home of the Misses Helen and Jean Paterson, 319 E. Lawrence St. The Misses Dorothy Harris and Margaret Ritchie will be the assistant hostesses. Miss Olga Heller is president of the society for the coming year. As social will be held following the supper.

A meeting of the Womens Missionary society of the Presbyterian church will be held at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of Miss Marian Smith, 210 N. Park Ave. Miss Kate Schneider will lead the devotions. Mrs. H. H. Clausen, Mrs. Orville Harris and Mrs. G. A. Ritchie will have charge of the programs which will be on new literature for the coming year. Study books for the season will be chosen.

Memorial Presbyterian Church

September 14, 1927 – Womens Missionary Society and Chi Tau Study Book

CHURCH SOCIETY HEARS INDIAN MISSIONARY

Miss Agnes Gale Hill, a missionary from the Presbyterian church to India, told about the people in India and her work at the meeting of the Womens Missionary society of the Presbyterian church will be held at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of Miss Marian Smith, 210 N. Park Ave.

“The Twelve Test of Character” by Foedick was chosen as the study book of Chi Tau Upsilon society of the Memorial Presbyterian church at the first meeting of the season Tuesday evening at the home of the Misses Helen and Jean Paterson, 319 E. Lawrence St. Miss Ruth Mielke read a paper. Supper was served at 6:30. The Misses Dorothy Harris and Margaret Ritchie were assistant hostesses.

October 1, 1927 – Womans Club Solicitors

WOMANS CLUB OPENS ANNUAL FINANCIAL DRIVE ON MONDAY
Solicitors Start Campaign to Raise $10,000 to Meet Current Expenses

Workers for the Womans Club will have a supper meeting at 6:15 Monday evening, opening a campaign to raise $10,000 to defray current expenses of the club during the coming year.

The club, entering its ninth year of existence, is planning a comprehensive program of work for the coming year. Its principal purpose is regular club work and to sponsor recreation for women and girls.

The club has a nominal membership fee and an woman in Appleton or Outagamie Co. is eligible for membership. A squad of women soliciting memberships for the club started work last Monday and the two efforts will be carried on together next week.

Woman who will canvas the schools for pledges are Mrs. Mable Meyer and Misses Ruth Mielke, Magdalene Kohl, Mable Welter, Hilda Kippanham, Rose Helm, Selma Mallmann, Jenn Jackson and Dorothy Harris.

August 16, 1928 – Prize Winner

PARTIES

Mrs Emory Greunke and the Misses Marie and Irene Greunke entertained at a miscellaneous shower at the latter’s ohm, 709 N. Morrison St. in honor of Miss Emily Greunke, who is to be married hearty in September to William Brydenhagen of Sturgeon Bay. Miss Greunke is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Greunke, 70 N. Morrison St. Bridge furnished entertainment for the evening and the prizes were won by Miss Dorothy Harris and Mrs. Marie Boehm.

September 21, 1928 – Geography Outline

GEOGRAPHY COMMITTEE AT SCHOOL APPOINTED

A meeting of the first and second grade teachers of the public schools was held at Lincoln school Wednesday afternoon.

The committee selected to work on the geography outline includes Mrs. Leila Mortimer, general chairman; Misses Katherine Tracy and Marion Uebele, second and first graid chairmen, and Misses Dorothy Harris, Ruth Taylor, Ruth Hartig, Emma Schwandt, Agnes Tracy, Viola Weber and Lois Smith.

February 11, 1929 – Teaching Reading

RED HATS CAUSE GREAT STIR AT LOCAL SCHOOL

A man with a red hat seen on the streets of a civilized community might cause a ripple of excitement and shop window full of men’s red hats bring forth a few gasps, but it is doubtful if any red had could cause as great a stir as the one in the second grad at McKinley school. In this particular instance a red hat marks the crowning achievement – for the pupils of class B it means victory in the art of reading.

The idea is this. To stimulate greater interest in perfect reading the teach, Miss Dorothy Harris, intimated a contest inbreeding. Each time a child reads well, he is permitted to take one more step in the drawing of a snowman and when the snowman is finally topped with a red hat, the pupil has completed the contest. None steps re involved – three balls for the three parts of the snowman’s body, the eyes , nose, mouth, buttons, broom and finally the red had.

This who have completed their snowman are Harold Bertsky, Donald Own, Doris Jean Rhoder and Oscar Moderson.

Dorothy Harris and Russell Weller

July 15, 1929 – Dorothy Harris and Russell Weller Wedding

WEDDINGS

The marriage of Miss Dorothy Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Harris, Winnebago St. and Russell Weller, Clintonville, took place at 7 o’clock Monday morning at St. Rose church, Clintonville. The Rev. Father Dietrich performed the ceremony. Miss Helen Weller, Clintonville, acted as bridesmaid and Emil Tanty, Neenah, was best man. A wedding breakfast for immediate relatives was served at the home of the bride’s parents following the ceremony. After a tour to Niagara Falls and other points of interest in the east and Canada, Mr. and Mrs. Weller will make their home in Clintonville where Mr. Weller is in the hardware business.

Russell and Dorothy Weller, Helen Weller (Russell’s sister), Emil Tanty

Russell and Dorothy Weller on their wedding day

July 17, 1929 – Marriage License

4 MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED AT WAUPACA

Waupaca – The following applications for marriage licenses were received in the office of County Clerk L. F. Shoemaker during the week ending July 9: Guy J. Schmahl, Manawa, and Ivy L. Reinheimer, Cecil; Russell B. Weller, Clintonville, and Dorothy L. Harris, Appleton; Joseph S. Lolosso, Manawa, and Esther Swenson, Iola; Bernard L. Schults, and Irma M. Roenz, Manawa.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know my Grandma Weller as well, or for as long, as I would have liked. She passed away when I was 11 years old. We didn’t live near Wisconsin when I was a child, so we saw our Grandparents once or twice a year. I’m thankful to have found these tidbits about her life before she married my Grandpa.

Today’s Tidbit | June 15, 1798 – John Earl Harris

On this date, in 1798, my 3rd great grandfather, John Earl Harris, was born in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. Unfortunately, I don’t know for sure who his parents are. John married Nancy Ormsbee in 1820. They moved to Pierpont, OH, Porter Co., IN, and eventually to Cato, WI.

Tuesday Treasure | April 20, 2010

My great grandmother, Katherine Seybold, married Orville Duloss Harris in January, 1876 in Wisconsin.

In the spring of that year, they left their home in Forest Junction and headed west, settling on a homestead eight miles southeast of North Platte, Nebraska, on the old California trail. Their home was near the Sioux look-out, a hill where the Indians watched the immigrants traveling down the valley.

I have a poem, handwritten by Katherine, that relays some of her experiences while living in Nebraska.

Do you remember Tom the day we left our Forest Junction home

To go west where the Buzzard nest and the Buffalo did roam


And when we landed at North Platte the home of Buffalo Bill

It was there they drank their whiskey straight, it was they shot to kill

We wandered up and down the Platte with Casey close behind

And Anton with his old shot gun a following in the line


We roamed around until we found a place to build a home

We made a corral and dug a well and build a house of stone


We gathered up the prairie grass prepared by Buffalo

To cook our grub and keep us warm when it was ten below

And then them bloody Indians come and Katie all alone

But she was brave and stayed them off until the Major come


We went to raising cattle in that we could not fail

If we could not raise them otherwise we would raise them by the tail


And that bronco that y rode I eust to call him Ned

At first he stand up on his heals and then upon his head

But now dear Tom the time has come when we can ride no more

And we will soon meet the old cowboy upon the other shore

I’m not sure is she wrote this poem while living in Nebraska or sometime after. It’s a real treasure to have something in her handwriting. Katherine and Orville went to Florida in 1881 and back to Wisconsin in 1896.

More about my Harris family can be read here:

Harris Family History

Harris Family Home – Cato, WI

Orville and Katherine’s gravestones


Surname Saturday | ORMSBY/ORMSBEE

My Ormsby ancestry in America dates to the late 1630′s when Richard Ormsby came from England and settled in Maine. The family name was often times spelled Ormsbee. Richard made his way to Massachusetts.

His descendant, Isaac, was born in Rhode Island. He served in the Revolutionary War and was with General George Washington at the defeat of General Cornwallis at Yorktown. In 1796, he walked to Greenfield, NY to purchase land. After the purchase, he walked back to Barrington, RI, then returned, on foot, to Greenfield with his wife, Patience (Chase), and their four children. He and Patience are buried in the Ormsbee family burying ground on the site of the Ormsbee farm near Porters Corners near Greenfield.

One of their children was Russell Ormsbee. He was instrumental in documenting his family’s history. Early in life, he developed the habit of making family records and preserving them. He inspired his descendants to do the same. He was also quite a traveler for those days. His diary mentions trips to Vermont, Rhode Island, New York City, Boston and Michigan.

Another of Isaac and Patience’s children was Nancy. She married my third great grandfather John Earl Harris. They settled in Greenfield after their 1820 marriage, before leaving for Indiana in 1837. Later, they moved to Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI. Both Nancy and John Earl are buried in Cato Heights Cemetery in Cato.

Thanksgiving Thursday

The Thanksgiving season, and these next several months, are a special time of the year in the history of my family. My 9th great grandfather, William Bradford, came to America on the Mayflower in November of 1620.

Partial Mayflower Passenger List - click to enlarge

Partial Mayflower Passenger List – click to enlarge

The ship left England in September and, after a grueling 66-day journey marked by disease, which claimed two lives, the ship dropped anchor inside the hook tip of Cape Cod. That first winter, half of the colonists perished. And then, in early spring, the colony’s first leader, John Carver, died. William was elected to succeed him as governor, and was subsequently re-elected thirty times, serving until he died in 1657. He had a reputation as a firm and fair leader. William was the second signer and primary architect of the Mayflower Compact.

William’s first wife, Dorothy, died on December 7, 1920 after falling overboard into the icy waters of Provincetown Harbor while the Mayflower was anchored. The Pilgrims had not yet made it to Plymouth. On August 14, 1623, he married my 9th great grandmother, Alice Carpenter Southworth. She came to Plymouth aboard the Anne in July 1623, following the death of her first husband. The description of their marriage sounds similar to that of the first Thanksgiving.

Thus began my English ancestry in America. Soon after, my Puritan ancestors arrived with the family names of Benjamin, Newcomb, Cleaveland, Ormsby, Harris, and many others.

I’m proud that my family has been in America for 389 years!

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | August 9 – August 15, 2009

William Salisbury, Jr. – Born August 14, 1659 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He married Anna Cole on July 30th 1664 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony. William is my 7th great grandfather.

Joseph Benjamin, III – Born August 15, 1699 in Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony. He married Deborah Clark on April 3, 1722 in Preston. Joseph is my 6th great grandfather.

Richard Ormsby and Sarah Upham – Married August 9, 1640 in Saco, York Co., Province of Maine. They are my 8th great grandparents.

William Bradford, III and Alice Carpenter – Married August 14, 1623 in Plymouth Colony. William was the second governor of the Plymouth Colony almost continuously from 1621 until 1656. William and Alice are my 9th great grandparents.

Mary “Polly” Bromley – Died August 10, 1845. She married Asa Benjamin on January 4, 1787 in Worthington, Hampshire Co., MA. Mary is buried in the Hall Rd. Cemetery in Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., OH. She is my 4th great grandmother.

Wilhelm Hau – Died August 12, 1884 in St. Joe, Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. He came to America from Prussia in the 1860′s and married Kathrine Tuepper on January 12, 1869 in Mt. Calvery, Fond du Lac Co. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Marshfield Twp. Wilhelm is my 2nd great grandfather.

Dorothy Louise Harris – Died August 13, 1972 in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., WI. She was born on July 17, 1900 in Appleton, Outagamie Co. Dorothy married Russell Bernard Weller in 1929. She is buried in St. Rose Cemetery in Clintonville. Dorothy is my grandmother.

Maria Katherine Michels – Died on August 14, 1923 in Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co., WI. She was born in Germany and married Anton Fuhrmann on June 19, 1860 in Johnsburg. She is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Johnsburg. Maria is my 2nd great grandmother.

Henry Lawrence Heim – Died on August 15, 1959 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., MI. Henry married Vera Gage in 1916 in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. He is my wife’s great grandfather.

Surname Sunday | SEYBOLD

My great grandmother’s surname on my dad’s maternal side is Seybold. Leonhard Seybold, my 2nd great grandfather, arrived with his brother and sister at Castle Garden from Germany on June 2, 1857, onboard the ship New Orleans. He settled on a farm in Brillion Township, Calumet Co., WI. His daughter, Katherine, married Orville Duloss Harris in 1876. More about the Harris family can be read here.