From the Harnett Family Chronicles: Known as Bessie in the family, she came to the United States with her family in 1889 from Kent, England. She already was trained as a teacher in England and became one of the first teacher's in Long Beach as well as one of the two first high school teachers at Long Beach High School, which later became Long Beach Polytechnic. She wrote an authoritative history of Long Beach used by her students for the 1915 Long Beach History Pageant in which 1200 students participated before an audience of 9,000. She died of influenza.
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