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Robert Percy HARROWER
(1857 –1891)
Johanna Susan FLYNN
(1863 –1885)
Ellet Joseph WAGGONER
(1855 –1916)
Jessie Fremont MOSER
(1860 –1944)
Dr. Henry Robert HARROWER
(1883 –1953)
Bessie Isadore WAGGONER
(1882 –1941)
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Verna Irene HARROWER
(1909 –1971)

 

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Robert Boyd HAINING

Verna Irene HARROWER 2 3 4
  • Born: 2 May 1909, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA 3 4
  • Marriage: Robert Boyd HAINING on 7 August 1930 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA 1
  • Died: 11 July 1971, Pebble Beach, Monterey County, California, USA at age 62 5 6
  • Buried: 1971, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
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bullet  General Notes

VERNA IRENE HARROWER was born 02 May 1909 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, the daughter of Dr. Henry Robert Harrower and Bessie Isadore Waggoner.  She was an only child.  At a young age, the family relocated from Chicago to Glendale, California, and it was there she grew up.  Her father was a pioneer both of the community of Glendale, California, as well a pioneer in the study of endocrinology.  Because Dr. Harrower was not able to find the kind of medicines he wanted for his patients, he started the Harrower Laboratory in Glendale and started manufacturing his own pharmaceuticals.  This brought a measure of wealth and prestige to their family.

On 07 Aug 1930 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, Verna married her husband, Robert Boyd Haining.  Bob was a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland; he had come to Los Angeles to study medicine.  Like Verna's own family, Bob also was affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church (his father was even a minister).

Bob and Verna settled in Glendale, and raised two children there.  He  became a prominent doctor; she was active in both social and political circles.

Her nephew remembers her as "a gracious and kindly lady."  "She was meticulous and always impeccably dressed.  She always wanted to do the right thing.  She avoided gossiping.  She appreciated good music... [and she] was on very good terms with her father."

They had a small vacation cottage in Pebble Beach, Monterey County, California, which Verna had inherited from her father.  In 1970, Bob and Verna decided to retire there permanently, and they sold their house in Glendale and moved to Pebble Beach.  But only a year later, on 11 July 1971, Verna died at their cottage in Pebble Beach.

When she died, the city councils of Glendale and Los Angeles adjourned early in her honor.  She had been influential in leading the Protect Our Mountains movement in Glendale.  (This group had marshaled opposition to developers who wanted to carve into the mountains around Glendale in order to build homes up their slopes; they came up with policies that modified those building plans in such a way as to preserve the natural  lines of the hills and their ridge lines.)

Verna was buried in the Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Her husband Bob was buried next to her, when he died almost 14 years later.

bullet  Burial Notes

Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery, Wee Kirk Churchyard, Map A01, Lot 258, Space 4

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bullet  Recorded Events in Her Life


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  • Gallery: Birth Certificate, on 2 May 1909, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  • She appeared on the 1910 US Federal Census on 16 April 1910 in Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA. 7 Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA (age 11 mos.)
  • Moved: 1919, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA.
  • She appeared on the 1920 US Federal Census on 2 January 1920 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA. 8 Burbank Township, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA (age 10)
  • She traveled from Southhampton to New York with her family on the SS Berengaria in July 1923. 4 Departure:  07 July 1923; Arrival:  13 July 1923.
  • She appeared on the 1930 US Federal Census on 14 April 1930 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA. 9 Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA (age 20)
  • She appeared on the 1930 US Federal Census on 30 April 1930 in La Crescenta, Los Angeles County, California, USA. 9 La Crescenta, Los Angeles County, California, USA (age 21)
  • She traveled from Liverpool England (8-13-1932) to Boston, MA (8-20-1932) on SSMV Britannic between 13 August 1932 and 20 August 1932. 10
  • Her Social Security Number was 566-32-6277, issued in California, USA. 6

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  • She was buried at the Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery (Wee Kirk Churchyard, Map A01, Lot 258, Space 4) in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA in 1971.

    Gravestone inscription:

    VERNA IRENE HAINING
    1909 - 1971
    EARNEST AND VALIANT SAMARITAN,
    SHE WALKED WITH GENEROUS LIGHT
    WARMING TO LOVE AND BEAUTY
    THROUGHOUT A WELL LIVED LIFE

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Verna married Robert Boyd HAINING, son of George Balmer HAINING and Agnes Scott McGILL, on 7 August 1930 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA.1 (Robert Boyd HAINING was born on 14 December 1904 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland,11 12 13 14 died on 29 April 1985 in Seattle, King County, Washington, USA 14 15 and was buried on 2 May 1985 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA.). The cause of his death was bile duct cancer/metastatic liver cancer.

bullet  Recorded Events about their Marriage


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bullet   Sources   bullet

  1. Marriage Certificate (digital or paper copy of official marriage record privately held by Kirsty M. Haining), 1930 Robert Boyd Haining and Verna Irene Harrower marriage license and certificate in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA.
  2. Kirsty M. Haining.
  3. John B. Craven, "The Hainings and the Cravens: A Twentieth Century Family History" (mss. privately published in 1995, but it was a work in progress. John continued to update, add content, and re-write his manuscript up until his death in 2014.), ch 3, p 23.
  4. Ancestry.com, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820 –1957 [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; and Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, DC), 1923 July 13, SS Berengaria, arriving New York from Southampton (departed 07 July 1923), Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_3328; Lines: 23, 24, and 25.
  5. John B. Craven, "The Hainings and the Cravens: A Twentieth Century Family History" (mss. privately published in 1995, but it was a work in progress. John continued to update, add content, and re-write his manuscript up until his death in 2014.).
  6. Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration).
  7. Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls. Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, DC).
  8. Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls. Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, DC).
  9. Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. NARA microfilm publication T626, 2,667 rolls. Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, DC).
  10. Ancestry.com, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891–1943 [database online] (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005). Original data: Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891–1943. Micropublication T843. RG085. Rolls # 1– 454. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  11. General Register Office of Scotland, GROS Data Number, 597/00 1042 (birth record in 1904 as listed in the SR index).
  12. Statutory Registers of Scotland, Birth Records, 1855 –1913 (Edinburgh, United Kingdom: General Register Office for Scotland).
  13. Birth Certificate (digital or paper copy of official birth record privately held by Kirsty M. Haining).
  14. Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration), R. Haining death, Apr 1985, SS# 552-28-2531.
  15. Ancestry.com, Washington Death Index, 1940 –1996 [database online] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: Washington State Department of Health. State Death Records Index, 1940 –1996. Microfilm. Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA), Robert B. Haining death, 29 April 1985, Seattle, Washington, Certificate No. 011646.


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