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Strong (Harriet Williams Russell) Papers
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A collection of personal and professional material related to Harriet Williams Russell Strong, California businesswoman and social leader.
Harriet Williams Russell Strong (1844-1926) was a California businesswoman and social leader. Harriet Strong was the daughter of Henry Pierrepont Russell, Adjutant General of Nevada. She received her education at Miss Mary Atkin's Young Ladies Seminary at Benicia, California, and later married Charles Lyman Strong, superintendent of the Gould and Curry Mine in Virginia City, Nevada. He later resigned from Gould and Curry and the family moved to Oakland, California. In the 1860s they purchased a portion of Pio Pico's ranch near Whittier, California, and, at the same time, Charles pursued other mining ventures in Arizona, California, and Nevada. After Charles took his own life in 1883, Harriet settled on the ranch in Whittier and took over the management of the property, devising new types of crops, business methods, and flood control. She became an active clubwoman in Los Angeles and was influential in both business and cultural circles.
7 Linear Feet (18 boxes, 2 folders)
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