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Special Challenge Photo #1
January 16, 2011
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1. What is the occasion of the photo?  
2. Where was it taken?
3. When was it taken?
Submitted by Jim Bullock with the following comment:

The 3" x 5 1/4" picture was with the belongings of my maternal grandfather's
maternal grandmother, Amanda (Garen) (Harsha) Slauson (1840-1937).

Jim has identified his gr gr grandmother as the woman carrying the sign.

Name: Amanda Melvina GAREN
Given Name: Amanda Melvina
Surname: Garen
Sex: F
Change Date: 22 JUN 2010


An activist. When a toddler, she was held in the arms of Henry Clay
while he was speaking. At age 7, saw uncle, David Moore of St.
Louis, come into house with wound received in Mexican war. On
wedding day was on boat full of Union Soldiers when Morgan made
historic raid. They destroyed all the wedding preparations at her
family's home in Chester. She later got involved in helping in war
effort. Marched with temperance group. Member Presbyterian
Church and Womans Relief Corp.

Was living with daughter, Bertha Rogers, at 412 E. 16th.

Had lived in Hutchinson, KS (came in 1874) at 2nd & Walnut and
later at Kansas City, MO.

One late photo shows her at home of Ruth Harsha Snyder on W.
Adams, LA, CA.

Birth: 23 OCT 1840 in , , PA

Note: Age in 1850 Census was 9. 1900 Census gives date of birth as
June 1839.

Residence: Second and Walnut 1874 Hutchinson, Reno, KS

Census: 5 JUN 1900 Kansas City, Jackson, MO

Note: Amanda, wife of William Slauson, born June 1839, age 60,
married 7 years, mother of 6 children 5 of whom were living, born in
PA, father born in PA, mother born in PA, could read, write, and
speak English.

Residence: 1916 Kansas City, Jackson, MO

Residence: BEF 1919 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA

Note: Was living with her daughter Bertha (Harsha) Rogers.
Residence: Torrey Pines Apt., Room 5, 615 E. Ocean Ave. BET 1919
AND 1937 Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Note: Address from postcard to Amanda.

Death: AUG 1937 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Burial: AUG 1937 Hutchinson, Reno, KS

Note: Eastside Cemetery, Harsha plot. Service at chapel of Patterson
& McQuilkin or Johnson and Sons Funeral parlors?

Father: Milton GAREN b: ABT 1813 in , , PA
Mother: Elizabeth BUNTING b: 1810 in , , PA

Marriage 1 John McClain HARSHA b: 16 JUN 1819 in , Beaver, PA
Married: BEF 1860 in Marietta, Washington, OH
Census: 8 JUN 1880 in Lincoln Twp., Reno, KS
Harsha, John M., W, M, 61, [head], mar., farmer, PA, PA, PA
Amanda M., W, F, 39, wife, mar., keeping house, PA, PA, PA
Elizabeth, W, F, 15, dau., sing., at home, OH, PA, PA
Edward E., W, M, 16 (sic), son, sing., laborer, OH, PA, PA
Bertha M., W, F, 9, dau., sing., OH, PA, PA
Lelah, W, F, 5, dau., sing., IL, PA, PA
Milton G., W, M, 3, son, sing., KS, PA, PA

Flora HARSHA b: SEP 1860 in , , OH
Mary Elizabeth HARSHA b: 1864
Edward Francis HARSHA b: 19 JUN 1866
Bertha May HARSHA b: 10 MAY 1871 in , , OH
Lelah HARSHA b: 14 JUL 1873 in , , IL
Milton Garen HARSHA b: 16 MAR 1878 in , , KS
Virginia Pearl HARSHA b: 1883

Marriage 2 William H. SLAUSON b: NOV 1832 in , , NY
Married: 18 SEP 1893 in Hutchinson, Reno, KS

"SLAUSON, William H. 55, Kansas Ciry, Mo; HARSHA, Amanda M.
51, Hutchinson, Ks.; 18 Sep 1893, Hutchinson, Ks.; by A.F. Irwin"
["Early Marriages of Reno County", p. 228, record # 4-333. Sent by
Helen S. Howard,, 15 Jun 1998]
Census: 3 MAY 1910 in Kansas City, Jackson, MO

Slauson, William H., head, M, W, 78, M2, 17, NY, NY, CT, none
Amanda M., wife, F, W, 69, M2, PA, PA, PA, none
Harsha, Milton G., step son, M, W, 23, S, KS, KS, PA, cashier,