|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1895|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 1986|
Marie Waterman was born in 1895 to Charles and Mary Arnold Waterman in Bozeman, MT. She was the oldest of 4. Her sister Evelyn (born in 1898), Charles Jr (1904) and Edith (1911) would all be born and raised in the Gallatin Valley.
Her father was a County Commissioner and Justice of the Peace in Bozeman and would later also be a Deputy Sheriff in the Yellowstone Park area. The family lived in the early years on the "ranch" as it was called on Middle Creek near Bozeman. Here they raised grain, hay, cattle and goats for their angora wool. When she was little Marie and her sister Evelyn (or Tootie as Marie called her and the name stuck) raised 2 goats from birth Dick and Johnnie. These 2 goats would grow to be big enough to pull a wagon that there father had gotten for them. They entered the Sweet Pea Festival as contestants, one 4th of July around 1902. They decorated their wagon and the goats and rode in the parade. There were pictures taken that day which the family still have.
She began her schooling at the Waterman School (the school was on her father's property) and had her Aunt Alice Arnold for a teacher. it was about a mile from the house and she would walk to and from school each day. Except in the winter, when her father took her by wagon.
The next year her aunt moved on to Belgrade to teach and Marie would go live in town with her grandparents and attend the town school. One week with the Arnolds and the next with the Watermans. And return home on the weekends. This was at the tender age of 6. About 5-8 years later the family bought a house in town and moved there in the winter and spring and would go back to the ranch in the summer.
When she was in 5th or 6th grade she got Scarlet Fever. Her brother and sister also got it as well. Marie was very sick and would end up losing a year of school. Her hair fell out and grew back a very much darker color than before. She had had lightish color hair with red highlights. Now it was dark brown.
Marie would write in her memoirs that she remembered the 4th of July parties that were looked forward to as much as Christmas. Everyone would decorate their houses and cars and wagons. There was always a parade and then a big picnic gathering at one of the local groves there in the area.
She would grow up with lots of Arnold relatives and always looked forward to the parties that the aunts would have and invite her and her sister as well to attend. Marie would also remember the Christmas' with the huge tree that her father had chopped down in the mts and the candles burning on the tree when they would open their presents in the morning.
In 1914, when her grandfather Christopher Waterman died, the family moved into the old Waterman Home to help take care of her grandmother Mary Arnold Waterman. Here she would attend Gallatin High School and graduated with an "A" average. Her best subjects were US History and Physics and Higher Algebra! She would graduate in 1915 and then enroll in Montana State University in Bozeman. She would graduate 4 years later with a degree in Home Economics and be a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Her first year of teaching was in White Sulfur Springs in Montana at a high school and lived in a boarding house that year. She taught Home Ec, French and Science. From there she would move to Whitehall, MT to teach. It was here that she met and would later marry Esmonde Harper. (They got married in 1921 at the family home in Bozeman in August of 1921). She taught for only one more semester there at Whitehall. And then their first child Mary Jeanne was born in the summer of 1922 in Bozeman.
Shortly after that they moved down to San Juan Capistrano in CA for Esmonde to teach high school for 2 years. From there they moved to Huntington Park in CA in 1924 right after their son Robert was born, and stayed there until the house was sold in the 1960s. This is where their youngest daughter, Charlene would be born (1936), as well. Esmonde would teach at Huntington Park High School for over 30 years until his death in May of 1956.
During this time in Huntington Park Marie would become a charter member, (and the president in 1930), of the American Association of University Women. An organization she would actively belong to until her death in 1986. In 1979, there was a 50 year anniversary of the organization and Marie wore the exact same dress that she has worn to her installation 5 decades before.
She was a member of St Matthias Catholic Parish and all three of her children would attend elementary school there.
Marie loved to have her family around her. She had her sister Tootie living nearby in Long Beach. Her younger sister Edie would retire to Huntington Beach, CA and her brother would also retire to CA in San Francisco.
She always loved to play cards with her friends and family. She would play Bridge with her friends, Spades with her family (which more often than not, she would win even in her late 80s)and cooking especially anything with chocolate. She really liked her See's candy. And for her birthday each year would receive pounds and pounds of it!
Marie and Esmonde would have 12 grandchildren. And at the time of her death, Marie had 10 great grandchildren.
Charles Robert Waterman (1869 - 1945)
Mary K Arnold Waterman (1873 - 1955)
Esmonde Thomas Harper (1896 - 1956)*
Mary Jeanne Harper Allen (1922 - 1979)*
Robert Esmonde Harper (1924 - 1975)*
Marie Louise Waterman Harper (1895 - 1986)
Evelyn Pauline Waterman (1898 - 1977)*
Charles Arnold Waterman (1904 - 1971)*
Edith Kathryn Waterman Anderson (1911 - 1999)*
Los Angeles County
Created by: Chris Forest
Record added: Jul 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39699790