|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1866|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1951|
North Dakota, USA
Harriet Mae "Hattie" Carnahan was born 3 Jul 1866 near Leechburg, Pennsylvania. She was one of nine children born to Adam and Esther (Long) Carnahan. She was educated in the country schools of Leechburg and at the Leechburg high school and Normal school. At age 17 she received her teaching credential and taught in the rural schools of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
In 1886 went west by train to Underwood, Minnesota, to visit the John Wilson family, former neighbors in Pennsylvania. She, remained there and became principal of the school at Battle Lake. She planned to teach in Fergus Falls the fall of 1887 but instead married James Thomas McCulloch 28 Aug 1887 at Wahpeton, Dakota Territory and moved with him to Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, where he was principal of the school and studying law. She taught in Perham where her husband was principal until 1890 when her husband was admitted to the Minnesota bar and they moved to Pelican Rapids where he practiced law for eight years.
He became interested in western North Dakota and established a law practice in Washburn in 1898. Harriet Mae and their three children remained in Pelican Rapids until 1901 when they moved to Bismarck when the railroad was built into Washburn. They remained in Bismarck for one and a half years while the family home was being built in Washburn. When Hazel completed high school, Harriet took both Ruth and Hazel to Minneapolis to attend school. Hazel attended the University of Minnesota and Ruth completed high school and attended a business college for two years. They remained in Minneapolis for four years.
Throughout her life, Harriet was active in the affairs of her community and state. In Pelican Rapids she served on the local school board, one of the first women in Minnesota to do so. In Washburn, she helped organize and lead such organizations as the Ladies Aid, the Washburn Study Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star. In 1918 she became secretary of the McLean county chapter of the American Red Cross and for nearly 20 years helped direct the affairs of the organization including the ARC drought relief in the 1930's. Harriet was much interested in North Dakota history and due to her untiring efforts the site of old Fort Mandan where the Lewis and Clark expedition camped in 1804-5 was located and the land donated for a state park.
Harriet Mae died at her home in Washburn Saturday April 21, 1951. Her health had been failing for four months.
James Thomas McCulloch (1858 - 1940)
Hazel McCulloch (1889 - 1977)*
Ruth McCulloch McCurdy (1891 - 1987)*
Hugh Hawkins McCulloch (1894 - 1939)*
Maxine McCulloch (1906 - 1995)*
North Dakota, USA
Maintained by: Susan Montague Lundt
Originally Created by: Brian Backes
Record added: Oct 09, 2010
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