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Lois Fern Harter Papers

Identifier: WH2063

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a photo album with identified photographs of members of the Harter, McMaster and Martindale families living in Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and Illinois (ca.1880s-1900s); Lois Harter's "Memory Book, C.S.H.S." documenting school activities and social events (1920-1922 ); a "Stunt Book" documenting high school experiences and containing signed photographs of classmates, lists of parties, invitations, journal entries, and a May 29, 1924 copy of the school newspaper: "The Lever" (1923-1928); a scrapbook from Colorado Springs, Colorado and Cleveland, Ohio containing ephemera related to Colorado Springs High School sports, clubs and a class reunion, Colorado College, and Girl Scouts Troop 4 (1923-1934, 1948, 1974); and a Colorado Springs High School reunion class directory (1974).


  • circa 1880-1974


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Lois Fern Harter was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1905, to Josephine E. (McMaster) Harter (b.1869; Indiana) and David M. Harter (b.1862; Ohio). By 1899, the Harters and their children Roy, Dale, Clarence A., Ethel, and Lois were living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where David Harter worked as a painter. After the death of her father, Lois attended Colorado Springs High School, graduating in 1924. She returned to Cleveland, Ohio with her mother in the late 1920s, where she worked as a stenographer before marrying Berthold a.k.a. "Burt" Rossnagel (1909-1984) in the early 1930s. His parents were Emil and Bronislova Rossnagel. The couple had one daughter, Nancy L. Rossnagel (1934-2004) and later divorced. She then married Earl W. Harnden (1908-1990), who worked for the Chrysler Corporation as a material controller and expediter. Lois Harnden lived in Colorado, Ohio, and Michigan, and died in Detroit, Michigan in 1989.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Judy Winder, 2008.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Varying Form of Title

Lois Harnden papers.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States