Cards shower to celebrate 100th birthday
Harriet M. Harley of 2217 Meadowbrook Rd. in Davenport will celebrate her 100th birthday on July 27, 2013. Family members from around the country will be with her and they are encouraging friends and former students to send cards and notes.
Harriet Margaret Tinnes was born in Keokuk County near Talleyrand. She grew up on a farm there working hard, helping nurse her family through scarlet fever, and weathering the Depression. She played the piano and taught Sunday School at St. Paul's Evangelical Church and led 4-H sewing classes in the area. She also served as editor of the Keota High School paper, the Keota Klipper. Harriet graduated in the Class of 1931.
After earning her teaching certificate at Parsons College in Fairfield, she taught all eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse heated by a "potbellied stove."
In 1936, she married Charles Wilton Harley of West Chester. They moved to Davenport where they owned and operated a confectionery called the Karmel Korn Shop and started a family. When World War II broke out, all the young men in her family joined the military. She became a Navy wife and traveled around the country with her aviator husband and her two small daughters . After the war, the family returned to Davenport where she and her husband owned and operated East Locust Hardware and Building Supply for 37 years.
Harley remains active making quilts, gardening, and trying new recipes. She still can answer questions on Jeopardy before any of the contestants.
She has two daughters: Dr. Sandra Harley Carey (Brig. Gen. J. Ronald Carey) of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Linda Leanne Harley, Dahinda, Ill. She has two granddaughers and six great-grandchildren.