Family of Earle Palmer Harris & Ethlyn Johnson Richardson




Earle Palmer Harris was born 21 September 1895 in a house on the corner of Constance & Soniat Streets, New Orleans, Louisiana and died 8 March 1985 in Mercy Hospital, San Diego, San Diego, California.  Burial was in El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, CA.  [Link to Photo]


First wife Ethlyn Johnson Richardson was born 9 May 1896 at 919 Erato Street, New Orleans, Louisiana and died 24 January 1986 at 5000 Congress Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Burial was 27 January 1986 in Lafayette Cemetery #1, Johnson Family Tomb.  They were married 1 August 1916 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   (divorced)  [Link to Photo]



Their children:


1- Beverly Richardson Harris  b: 4 March 1917 at 2211 Burdette Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 23 August 1997  New Orleans, Louisiana; burial Greenwood Cemetery (#22 Palm), New Orleans     [Link to photo]                 

            +Dibert Edward Pitre  b: 27 July 1916  Plaquemine, Iberville, Louisiana (baptism 5 August 1916 at St. Philomene); m: 8 July 1946  New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 10 August 1980  Plaquemine, Iberville, Louisiana.; burial 12 August 1980  Greenwood Cemetery (#22 Palm), New Orleans   [Link to photo]


Notes for Beverly Richardson Harris:

- New Orleans States (N.O., LA), Saturday, 21 January 1939:  Mardi Gras ball, Caliphs of Cairo: One of the maids was 'Miss Beverly Harris, granddaughter of Mrs. Richardson.'  (photo p. 8)


2- Lewis Richardson Harris  b: 19 August 1918  Shreveport, Caddo, LA; d: 22 March 1988 at 1605 Appian Way, #6, Santa Monica, California; cremated 28 March 1988, remains to ocean   [Link to photo]

            +Jean Hutchison  b: 5 July 1924 in Torrance Hospital, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; m: 26 January 1946 in First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California; d: 23 November 2008  Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada   (divorced)

            +Jane Lindsay Landick (Helsel)  b: 3 November 1931; (partner)


Notes for Lewis Richardson Harris:

- The Times (Shreveport, LA), Sunday, 25 August 1918:  Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Harris are the parents of their second child, a nine-pound boy, who will be named Lew Richardson.  His grandmother, Mrs. L. J. Richardson of New Orleans is now visiting her, and enjoying the acquaintance of her new grandson.

also Sunday, 1 September 1918:  Lew Richardson, weight 9 pounds, is the second son of Mr. E.P. Harris and Mrs. Ethlyn Richardson Harris.  His grandmother, Mrs. L. J. Richardson, of New Orleans, was here to welcome her grandson.  The other grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Harris, of New Orleans.



Second Wife Maude Anita Tooke (Wright)  was born 3 June 1899  Arcadia, Bienville, LA; m: 4 November 1921  Crowley, Acadia, LA [James Wimberly/Maude S. Shehee]; d: 5 November 1957 Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany.  (divorced)


Their child:


3- James Tooke Harris  b: 2 August 1922  Sundol, Santa Clara, CA; d: 20 July 1984  Satellite Beach, Brevard, FL

            +Martha Francis Lewis  b: Abt. 1923; m: 27 June 1943  Hot Spring, Garland, AR


Notes for James Tooke Harris

- The Times (Shreveport, LA), Sunday, 2 December 1923:  (photo)  James Tooke Harris, the 16-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Palmer Harris, of San Francisco, Cal., and a grandson of Mrs. J. W. Tooke, of Creswell street, Shreveport.  This splendid little fellow is "a native son of California," but makes frequent visits to his grandmother.

- The Times (Shreveport, LA), Friday, 22 November 1940:  Jimmy Tooke Harris has arrived from Tulane to spend Thanksgiving with his mother, Mrs. M. T. Harris, and his grandmother, Mrs. M. S. Tooke.

- WWII registration:  James Tooke Harris, 103 East Herndon, Shreveport; b. 2 August 1922 Sundol, CA; rel: Mrs. M. T. Harris (same address)

- Obituary, Florida Today (Cocoa, FL), Sunday, 22 July 1984:  Services for James T. Harris, 61, of 407 Port Royal Blvd., Satellite Beach, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Capehart Chapel at Patrick Air Force Base.  A retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force and a Brevard resident for 11 years, Mr. Harris died Friday at Patrick Air Force Base Hospital.  Survivors include his wife, Martha Harris of Satellite Beach; sons, Albert Harris of Atlanta and William Harris of Churchville, Md.; and two grandchildren.  Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. today at South Brevard Funeral Home.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Third Wife Madelyn Ware  was born 3 July 1894 in Hollister, San Benito, CA; m: 29 September 1928 in California [James William/Harriet Cullen]; d: 26 April 1989 in San Diego, San Diego, CA.


Their children:


4- John 'James' Ware Harris 

5- Rita 'Dolly' Aileen Harris 

6- John Adam Harris 



Notes for Earle Palmer Harris:

- 28 May 1916, Times Picayune (N.O., LA) - Earle P. Harris, manager Broadway Theater (movies)

- WWI registration record: Earle Palmer Harris, age 22; 2211 Burdette, New Orleans, LA; born 21 September 1894 N.O.; stenographer for Penick & Ford Ltd (corn products); dependents wife & baby; non-commissioned officer Louisiana National Guard for 2 years; tall, slender, light brown eyes, dark brown hair (29 May 1917)

- The Shreveport Journal (Shreveport, LA), Thursday, 2 May 1918:  Orleanian Comes Here to Manage Coffee House - To take charge of the Shreveport offices of the Standard company of New Orleans, coffee roasters, Earl P. Harris of New Orleans arrived in the city Thursday.  Mr. Harris is well known in New Orleans, where for some time he was connected with Penick and Ford.  He will make his home here.

- The Times (Shreveport, LA), Friday, 5 July 1918:  A fire said to have originated from firecrackers discharged by boys playing near the place yesterday afternoon destroyed several hundred dollars' worth of furniture and clothes stored in a garage at 831 Olive street.  The residence is occupied by E. P. Harris and Jack Gihon and is the property of Mrs. M. S. Gill.  The property destroyed was owned by Mr. Gihon.  A chest of silverware was also damaged.  Mrs. Gihon and Mrs. Harris, who were alone in the house, were assisted by A. C. Lea in removing articles from the garage until the arrival of the fire department.  The nearby residence of Rev. Claude Jones, retiring minister of the Central Church, was also endangered by the flames, which were scaling the porch vines and was only saved by the strenuous efforts of the department.

- 1920 New Orleans, LA (4804 Camp St. - Renaud family live/own this boarding house; 7 boarders; Earle rents):  E. P. Harris 25 automobile salesman, wife E(thlyn) 23, Beverly 3, L. R. 1 year 4 months.

- San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA), Sunday, 15 January 1922:  (photo)  Earle P. Harris Becomes Marmon Sales Manager -- Announcement is made by C. D. Singleton, manager of the Marmon Sales and Service Co., of the appointment of E. P. Harris as sales manager in this territory.  The counties of Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey are included in his district.  Harris has been with the Marmon since the inauguration of the 34 series in 1918 and is a thoroughly ---- and energetic addition to motor sales.

- 1930 San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Gable Apartment House, 1595 Clay St. (ED253, p. 7B):  Earl P. Harris 38 (CA-LA-France) salesman electric goods (age at first marriage 36), another roomer Madeline Harris 35 (CA-CA-CA) (age at first marriage 33) - both showing as married.

- 1940 San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (38-549, p. 63b):  Earle Harris 44 salesman/retail selling, wife Madelyn 45, James 9, Rita 8, Jack 7  [354-28th Avenue]

- 1963 San Jose, CA city directory:  Harris Earle P. (Madelyn W.) sls mgr Bennett Mtrs h1286 Sierra av

- Tombstone Inscription, El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, CA:  HARRIS / Earle P. 1895 - 1985 / Madelyn / 1894 - 1989


Notes for Ethlyn Johnson Richardson:

- Times Democrat, Saturday, 7 May 1910:  Crowned Queen of big May Ball - Miss Ethlyn Richardson chosen at annual event given by Washington Artillery -- Hall is elaborately decorated:  Miss Ethlyn Richardson, daughter of John S. Richardson and granddaughter of the late Col. J.B. Richardson, was crowned queen of the May Ball, given last night by the Washington Artillery in its hall in St. Charles street.  The May ball or twenty-eighth annual May festival, is for children, and hundreds of little lads and lassies were made happy.......The affair, which ended in a supper of ice cream, cake and other good things to eat, began with a grand march, in which every child participated.  It was decidedly effective and picturesque.  Then Miss Richardson, dressed in mouslin de soir, with venetian lace and with a wreath of wild pink roses, was escorted to the green throne, where a crown made of white roses, white sweetpeas, hellotrope and maidenhair fern was placed upon her head.  (More details, including her brother J.B. Richardson as a page.)

- Ethlyn joined the Daughters of the Confederacy, member #1828, admitted to New Orleans 72 in 1913 on service of grandfather Col. John B. Richardson, 2nd Co. Wash. Artillery.

- New Orleans Item, Wednesday, 1 January 1902:  The El Listo Launched - "I christen thee El Listo, " lisped little Miss Ethlyn Johnson Richardson yesterday as she broke a bottle of champagne on the bow of one of the largest steel tugs ever built in New Orleans.  The tug was built by the Johnson Iron Works for the Southern Pacific railroad and was launched at the company's yards in Algiers.  The vessel's dimensions are: Length, 112 feet; beam, 24 feet; depth, 11 feet.  The engines are of the vertical style and the boilers of the Scotch marine type.  The El Listo is a twin boat to the El Vivo, which attracted some attention at her launching as being the largest steel boat ever built in this port.

- 23 May 1915, Times Picayune - Miss Ethlyn Johnson Richardson, granddaughter of Mrs. John B. Richardson and the late Col. Richardson who will go to Richmond, Va., as sponsor from Camp Beauregard to the reunion of the Confederate Veterans.  Miss Richardson is a member of the New Orleans Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.  (photo included)

- New Orleans States (LA), Thursday, 3 August 1916:  The marriage of Miss Ethlyn Johnson Richardson, daughter of Mrs. Lew J. Richardson, and granddaughter of Mrs. J.B. Richardson, and Mr. Earle P. Harris was very quietly celebrated Tuesday, August 1.  Mr. and Mrs. Harris will be at home at 3004 Prytania street.

- Second husband John Theofridus Leonhard was born 16 July 1891 at 570 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA, and died 24 April 1963 at 541 Madison St., New Orleans, LA.  Burial was 25 April 1963 in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery #1.  They were married 7 April 1923 at New Orleans, LA. (divorced)

- 1930 New Orleans, 7911 Birch Street (ED266, I18):  John L. Leonard 39 (married at 31) life insurance agent (served military WW1), wife Ethelyn 30 (married at 16), Beverly Harris 13, Richardson Harris 11, mother-in-law Lou Richardson 51 widow (parents b. Eng), house owned, value $8000.

- 1940 New Orleans, 7911 Birch Street (36-441, W16, SD2, p. 2b):  Lew J. Richardson 69 widow ($8000 house value), Ethlyn Leonhard 44 (widow) clerical worker/WPA office, Beverly Harris 22 clerical worker/cleaning equipment.

- Obituary: Times Picayune, 27 January 1986 - Mrs. Ethlyn Richardson Leonard on Friday, January 24, 1986 at 6:15 p.m., mother of Mrs. Beverly Harris Pitre and Richardson Harris; daughter of the late John Stephen Richardson and Lew Johnson Richardson; sister of the late J.B. Richardson and Johnson Richardson; also survived by 6 grandchildren, age 89 years.  Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services from McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home, 600 Moss St., on Monday afternoon, January 27, 1986 at 1:00; followed by religious services at the funeral home.  Interment Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.  Friends may call on Monday after 12:00 noon.


Notes for Maude Anita Tooke:

- First marriage to Wiley Reed Wright on 15 November 1918 Lake Charles, Calcasieu, LA (divorced).

- 1920 Shreveport, Caddo LA:  Widow Maude Tooke 41, James 11, son-in-law Wiley A. Wright 23 manager/construction co., wife Maude 20; boarder Fred Green 26 broker/oil.

- 1930 Shreveport, Caddo LA:  Maude Harris 30 (div.) secretary/law firm, Jimmie T. 7 (CA)  [442 Robinson Street]

- 1940 Shreveport, Caddo LA:  Maud T. Harris 40 (div.) secretary/law firm, James 17 (CA)  [103 East Herndon]

- Obituary, The Shreveport Journal (Shreveport, LA), Wednesday, 6 November 1957:  Mrs. Maude Harris Dies in Germany; Rites to be Here - Mrs. Maude Tooke Harris, 59, a Shreveport resident for 35 years, died Monday in Germany where she lived with her son, James Tooke Harris of the U.S. Air Force.  Mrs. Harris suffered an attack of pneumonia, relatives here were informed.  She moved to Germany from here last June.  The body is to be returned to Shreveport Friday.  Mrs. Harris is survived by her son; her mother, Mrs. Maude Tooke of Shreveport; one brother, James Tooke of Oklahoma, and two grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.




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