Harold Hartley

Harold Hartley

d. 1964


Harold was the husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Hartley.

He was a newspaper columnist for the Indianapolis Times.

Here are several of his columns reporting on items of interest on Great Cranberry Island:

Elizabeth (Betty) Hartley

b. 27 Nov 1914 (Toledo, OH)
d. 30 Mar 2009 (Brunswick, ME)


She was the wife of Harold Hartley.

Some of her reminiscences.

Obituary (from Mount Desert Islander, 16 Apr 2009)

CRANBERRY ISLES — Elizabeth "Betty" Hartley died Monday, March 30, in Brunswick, at the age of 94.  Throughout her life she was an active volunteer and had a wide circle of friends.

She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on Nov. 27, 1914, the daughter of Grace and Walter Eversman.  She attended Smead School for Girls, Emma Willard School and graduated from Smith College in 1936.

After graduation, she lived in New York City and worked for Herbert Hoover's Finnish American Relief and the Architectural Forum.

She returned to Toledo and volunteered for the Good Neighbor Policy.  While working to promote Toledo's sister city program, she met Harold Hartley, the editor of the Toledo Times.  They were married in 1943.

In 1947, they moved to Indianapolis, Ind.  She lived there until recently, moving to a retirement home in Maine to be near her summer home on Great Cranberry Island, where she spent her summers since the age of five years old.

She was active in local charities in Indianapolis and wrote "volunteer" in the space for occupation on her tax return.

On Cranberry Island, she was also known as the lady who sells jewelry at the white elephant sale at the annual fair.

She enjoyed traveling all over the world, often immersing herself in courses abroad.  Among her favorites were trips to Greece, China, Egypt, Japan and Italy.

She is survived by three daughters, Holly Hartley of Berkeley, Calif., Victoria Johnston of Andover, Mass., and Grace Hartley of Indianapolis; a son-in-law, Christian Johnston; a grandson, Alex Johnston and his wife, Kate Valenta; a granddaughter, Meg Johnston; and a great-granddaughter.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1964.

Memorials are planned for Indianapolis and Great Cranberry Island; dates are not yet scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people do something for someone in need.

Memorial donations can also be made to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, P.O. Box 397, Indianapolis, IN 46208; Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Society; or The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society, Cranberry Island, ME 04625.

Arrangements are by the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.



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