Jessie Tyler Green Harris grew up on Highland Avenue, the daughter of a veterinarian and Scottish housewife. She married young, gave birth to my Grandpa Green, divorced the father then married Frank Harris. She posed for several photos. She was struck by a vehicle in the 1940s and perished. Mom remembered her as unhappy. The old photographs tell a different story.
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Wonderful photos! Hey! I lived on Highland Avenue!
I know. She lived at 615. House is no longer there unlike yours.
There is something about people staring straight at you through old BW photos – knowing they are long gone, but here they are, looking at you, smiling. And we can’t warn her about the car.
I love these photos! A divorce–she was ahead of her time. And no, she doesn’t look unhappy.
Where is Highland Ave.?
Yes, about the divorce. I think hers was only the second recorded in Elgin, but I don’t remember where I read that information.
Highland Avenue is in Elgin, Illinois where I grew up.
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She looks pretty feisty in the photos (and sounds pretty feisty too).
I like to think she was feisty, Helen. I owned a book of hers and felt a kinship with her. When I found the arms akimbo photo I knew we were soulmates across the generations.
I love these peeks into your family tree.
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