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Ninety Plus Club


The Officers and Board of Directors of The Harlan Family in America established a “NINETY-PLUS CLUB” which includes living members of the Harlan/Harland/Harlin family who are 90 years of age or older. Let us know if you or a relative qualifies. Send your message to Peggy Hewitt.

john willard ash was born 1916, in Texas, son of John A. Ash and Rachel Harlan Ash. At age four, he left Texas and went to California where he has lived for 90 years. Willard met his late wife, Anna M. Ash, at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, while serving in W.W.II. They were married for 60 years. Willard has two brothers, James Ash, who was a pilot in W.W.II and the Korean War where he was killed, and Warren Ash, a veteran pilot of W.W.II and the Korean War, living in California. He also has one sister, Rae Ash Thompson, a skilled horsewoman living in Washington. He has two sons: Gregory and Kevin, and two daughters: Jane and Corinne, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Willard has always been a big University of Southern California sports fan and sent all four of his children to USC for their education.

charles william burlin, jr ("Bill") was born in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C, in 1921. His mother, Eva Jane was a Harlan of the Wilmington, DE branch. He lived in the Philadelphia area from 1935-40. During WWII he went to the Naval Academy and then into the war. He served on submarines, was a Navy pilot, and subsequently traveled extensively around the world. He lives now in Massachusetts, and is writing a book on WWII submarines.

mina ruth cummings carter was born in 1926 in Mississippi. She is the daughter of Leonard Cummings St, and Mina Emma Jenkins, and is descended from both George and Michael Harlan. She attended the national Harlan Reunions in 1987 and 1997. She has 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

anna mae harwood crane was born in 1919, in Iowa. She married Jackson Blair Crane in June of 1943 while he was stationed at the Sana Ana Army Air Base in Orange Co., Calif. Anna Mae was a housewife and mother to six children. She served as homeroom mother to all the children and enjoyed decorating their home for holidays. Anna Mae and her husband enjoyed traveling. she now resided in Whittier, Calif.

lois drake harlan was born in 1927, in Ohio. She was married to Earl C. Harlan from 1947 until his death in 2007. A homemaker who became blind at 32 years of age, Lois raised four sons (David, Richard, Steven, and Gregory) and today has nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In earlier times she enjoyed travel and gardening, church work and piano and organ playing. She and Earl also attended several Harlan reunions, most recently in 2002. Lois currently resides in an Ohio assisted-living facility, minutes from two sons and their families.

margaret b. harlan was born in 1920. She lives in a retirement community in Oklahoma. She is the widow of Ross Harlan, who retired as Senior Vice President of Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. She went to school at Fair Park High School in Shreveport, LA, and Rose State College in Oklahoma City. She has four children, 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great

mary ann austin harlan was born in 1930 in Maryland. At age 19 she married Daniel Dunaway Harlan (grandfather Joseph Harlan # 4707) who was the instigator and principal organizer of the first Harlan Reunion in Newcastle, DE in 1987. She has four children and four grandchildren. Mary Ann is a graduate of the University of Maine and spent many years teaching in public schools in Maine, New Mexico and Alaska. She now resides in Maine. Her association with Harlan Reunions continued to 2012 when a memorial service was held for Dan who had died in 2012.

mary louise nash harlan was born in 1929. She is proud to be a member of the Harlan family, according to her daughter Linda, and enjoys receiving the Harlan newsletter. She lives in Georgia.

sadie harlan was in 1926 and grew up in West Virginia. She attended Peabody College in Nashville, TN where she met Louis Harlan, who was doing graduate work at Vanderbilt. They married and had two boys, Louis Knaffl Harlan and Ben Harlan. Sadie edited and proofread several publications for her husband Louis and was supportive throughout his continued studies and career as a professor and author. One of Louis’ publications was “A Brief History of the Harlan Family in America,” which he presented onstage at the 1987 reunion in Mr. Pleasant, IA and was subsequently included in both of the Harlan Family cookbooks.

barbara glew haythorn was born in 1918 in Iowa, during the peak of the pneumonia epidemic, and her mother spent 13 weeks in the hospital after contracting pneumonia. Her mother, Mary Harlan (Mamie), is #10037 in Alpheus Harlan's book. Barbara married J. Willis Haythorn, and they lived 32 years in the Chicago area before retiring to North Carolina in 1978. She has two sons and four grandchildren.

mary alice harlan hill was born in 1930 in Arkansas. Her parents were Oley Vincent Harlan and Jessie Mable Nelson. Oley Vincent Harlan's father was Rodulphus Giles Harlan # 2570g-5 in the Green Book. She married Milburn Martin Hill who became a southern Baptist minister. They served churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama until retirement. They had four children, all living on the family farm near Mary now, 7 grandchildren , and 10 great grandchildren.

dolores (dolly) furler mccormack lives in Ontario, Canada. She was born in 1927. No biography was submitted.

marvin mcdow was born in Oregon, in 1918. He had a twin sister, Ezane, who is now deceased. Marvin came to California when he was about 4 years old from Spokane, Washington. He served 5 1/2 years in W.W.II and graduated form the University of the Pacific. Marvin worked as a school teacher and administrator in Stockton, California, schools. He and his wife, Roberta, have two sons, Mikkel and Stephen, and one grandson, Elijah Stephen Mavin is a world traveler, enjoys his retirement and is active in civic organizations.

beatrice may harlan nelson of California was born in 1923. Her parents were George Albert Harlan (he also went by Albert George) and Georgia (Jirina Czech spelling) Antoinette (Jerabek) Harlan (1885-1963). Beatrice had two brothers, George Ceńek Harlan and Howard Vincent Harlan, and two sisters, Gladys Ellen (Harlan) Williges, and Shirley Joyce Harlan. Shirley passed away in February of 2017. Beatrice married Richard Leigh Nelson and they had four children: Jeffrey Leigh Nelson, Lauralee Ann (Nelson) Boone, Georgia Ann (Nelson) Gipner, Bradley Richard Nelson. Beatrice also has four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is a wonderful grandmother and is very loved.

margaret harlan olson was born in 1928, in Ohio. She met her husband, Richard, while both were attending George Washington University. Richard worked for the U.S. Department of State and was assigned to embassies abroad for over a decade. After Richard’s untimely death, Margaret became a member of the City Council, served on a YWCA Board, joined a book club, and became an active member of the Alumni Association of one of the colleges she attended. She also was an avid bridge player. She continues to be active. Margaret has three children and three grandchildren who live nearby. She lives in Tennessee.

virginia ritter was born in 1921, in Illinois, and now resides in Arizona. Virginia loves Scrabble and has mastered the list of Qs.

elizabeth (liz) reed sly was born in 1929, in Georgia, to Homer Lewis Harlan and Leila Thomason Harlan. Her father's genealogy number from the Alpheus Harlan's Genealogy book is 6283ii. Liz was married to Robert Sly in 1960 and they had three daughters. Liz and Bob became involved in the large Harlan organization about 1990, and she became a Board Member in about 1998 and served until 2012. They are at home in Georgia, having moved there from Charlottesville, VA.

ethel cobb white was born in 1930 in Texas. She married James (Jim) White and together they had four children, nine grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She has enjoyed meeting her Harlan cousins at Texas reunions, and the National Reunion in San Antonio.

opal colleen (strode) young was born in 1929, in Indiana. She is one of 9 children born to Walter Adrian and Grace Manson (Younger ) Strode. After graduating from Frankfort High School in 1950 she worked for Federal Mogal for 30 plus years. She has 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren. She has lived her whole life in Indiana and currently lives in Indiana with her granddaughter and her family.