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Harlan Family 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 Ruth Harlan Lamb.

JOHN WILLARD ASH was born August 26, 1916, in Jourdanton, 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.

NewDORTHY HARLAN BOLLINGER was born September 18, 1918, in Harlansburg, PA. The town was established by Jonathan Harlan just before being burnt down during the "whisky insurrection" of 1794. Dorthy was the youngest of five children born to Ben and Edith Harlan. Dorthy married William Francis Bollinger, and they had four children: Kathryn Grace, Ruth Ellen, Janet Marie and William Harlan. Dorthy has six grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. She recently moved to Florida to live near two of her daughters.

ANNA MAE HARWOOD CRANE was born on December 12, 1919, in Hartley, 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.

NewRUTH HARLAN GOVE was born March 30, 1925, in Kansas, the daughter of Ralph and Dora Harlan. She later moved to Benicia, California, where she graduated from Benicia High School in 1943. She worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. She married in 1945 and had two children. Ruth now resides in Westminster, California, and has 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Ruth has a wealth of Harlan information and has attended several Harlan reunions. She remains very active in her Catholic Church, and continues to lead a Bereavement Support Group.

MARGARET B. HARLAN was born January 28, 1920. She lives in a retirement community in Bethany, OK. 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.

TOM JONATHAN HARLAN celebrated his 91st birthday at home with his wife, Mary L. Mainwaring Harlan, 90. The celebration included their four sons; Tom Jr., Jim, Jan and Rob. Tom (not Thomas) was born in Lorain, Ohio on September 29, 1921. Hes the son of #4968(i.); Walter Roderick Harlan and Thelma Bullard Harlan. Tom owns one of the original Alpheus Harlan books. After serving in Austria in World War II, Tom was a chemical engineer and worked at just one company his entire career. He and Mary met at Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio. They married in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 2, 1945 (67 years) and continue to live in the same house they have shared since 1948 in Parma Heights, Ohio. Tom and Mary enjoy nature and are proficient birders.

BARBARA GLEW HAYTHORN was born March 30, 1918, in Creston, IA, 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 Tryon, NC, in 1978. She has two sons and four grandchildren.

CLIFFORD HARLAN HULLINGER was born on July 3, 1920. His 90th birthday was celebrated by a large family reunion of all the descendants of his parents, John and Pearl Harlan Hullinger. Clifford was the Director of Research of American Maize Corporation. He served in the 109th Engineers of the 34th Infantry Division in World War II, serving in Africa and Italy, and receiving a battlefield Commission at Anzio. He was a founder and former President of the Beacon School.Clifford married Louis Liffengren. They have four children: Craig, Neil, Anne, and Scott Hullinger; and six grandchildren.

ROSE MARIE PEARD KAMBIES was born January 26, 1924, in Luzerne, PA, to Stephen Peard, Jr. and Rose Marie Kusek. When she married in 1949 she moved to Delaware County, PA, and lived there until she moved to Wilmington, DE, in 2008. She was a housewife and mother to two children and grandmother to five. Her great-great-grandmother was Lydia Harlan Meredith, listed in Alpheus Harlans genealogy book (#1966). Her grandmother, also a Harlan descendant, was Lydia Jones Christman Peard who lived 98 years (1866-1964).

MARY DREWS LOMINAC was born December 21, 1917, daughter of Bessie Harland and Charles E. Drews. She married Ernest Lominac and lived most of her life in Memphis, Tenn., but recently moved to O’Fallon, Mo. Mary has two sons, Charles and John Kent.

MARVIN MCDOW was born in Portland, Oregon, October 20, 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.

VIRGINIA RITTER was born September 11, 1921, in Chicago, IL, and now resides in Sun City, AZ Virginia loves Scrabble and has mastered the list of Qs

JAMES HARLAND SMITH was born August 1, 1916, to Hazel Harland and James P. Smith. He lived his teen and young adult years near Oxford, Kans., and worked in the oil fields. In the 1960s, he became a Baptist minister, ending his career in Concordia, Kans., where he and his wife, Ruby, now reside. They had four children, James, Jr.; Barbara; Donald and Patricia.

NewFLORENCE STEVENS and a twin sister were born November 24, 1911, to Roy and Frances (Harlan) Stevens. Florence's twin died at age 2, and the family moved to Shelton, WA, where Florence still resides in a care center. She worked as a secretary at a log scaling office and later as a bookkeeper and a senior accounting control clerk for a lumber company in Shelton, retiring in 1973. She was an artist and musician and cared for many stray dogs and cats who appeared at her door. Florence descends from Newell Harlan, #2293 in Alpheus Harlan's genealogy book.