Bessie Hartshorn

June 1891–30 May 1985 (Age 93)
Colorado, United States

The Life of Bessie

When Bessie Hartshorn was born in June 1891, in Colorado, United States, her father, William H. Hartshorn, was 35 and her mother, Harriet Priscilla Clark, was 31. She married Thomas Garland Waughtal on 25 November 1914, in Shoshone, Idaho, United States. She lived in Aspen, Pitkin, Colorado, United States in 1900 and Wardner, Shoshone, Idaho, United States in 1910. She died on 30 May 1985, in Napa, California, United States, at the age of 93.

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Thomas Garland Waughtal
Bessie Hartshorn
Marriage: 25 November 1914

Spouse and Children

25 November 1914
Shoshone, Idaho, United States

Parents and Siblings

    William H. Hartshorn


    Harriet Priscilla Clark




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 15

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hartshorne in Derbyshire or Hartshorn in Northumberland, named from Old English heorot ‘hart’, ‘stag’ + horn ‘horn’, i.e. hill with some fancied resemblance to a hart's horn. Reaney suggests a further possibility: that it could come from the Middle English plant name harteshorn ‘hartshorn’, denoting either of two plants with leaves branched like a stag's antlers: Senebiera coronopus and Plantago coronopus.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie A Haines in household of Cyrus H Haines, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Harthorn in household of Wm S Harthorn, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bessie Waughtal in household of Thomas Waughtal, "United States Census, 1920"

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