Harriet Clark led a long and interesting life, which is only lightly summarized here.
When Harriet was growing up in East Cornwall, a high school education was not guaranteed for everyone. Because of Cornwall’s small population size, there was no local high school. Harriet’s older sister, Sarah, began working at 16 as a teacher for the East Cornwall School District. Her second sister, Marjorie, enrolled at Litchfield High School and worked washing dishes in exchange for a place to live near the school.
Sarah fought hard to persuade the family to send Harriet to high school. Eventually, their aunt in Winsted agreed to let Harriet live with her, so that she could attend the local high school.
After completing high school, Harriet went on to earn a B.S. from Boston University in 1927. She returned to college during World War II, earning an M.A. from Columbia University in 1942.