Se. 4, Ep. 3: Spotlight on Harriet Pollag, Expatriate by Marriage

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By tim, 30 March, 2024
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After a few brief updates on some old business, I spotlight the life of Harriet Harrison Pollag, aunt of William Pickersgill "Pud" Harrison, III. She was born on March 12, 1878 and died before her time eighty years ago today, on March 30th, 1944. Harriet was born a twin, beloved by friends and family, became a single mother at the age of 31, and an expatriate at 36 when she married Hermann Pollag, an alien and German national. Harriet seems to have attempted repatriation following the death of her husband in 1927, and the outcome of this apparent attempt remains to be discovered. Harriet's story ended suddenly on rain-slicked streets of center city Philadelphia, but her memory lives on in the photos and accounts of people who knew her.


• Genealogy By Tim G.: Episode Show Notes; Se. 2, Ep. 10: All About the Berrys
• Maryland State Archives: Obituary for Lester Fairess, Chestertown Transcript, 30 January 1942, p. 1
• University of Denver: The Resumption of Citizenship Lost by Marriage to Aliens, Denver Law Review, February 1952, pp. 50-54 
     ⚬This Week in Society: Melange of Events, Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, 2 April 1899, p. 6
     ⚬Woman Injured By Taxicab, Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 March 1944, p. 21
     ⚬Woman Killed By Skidding Taxi, Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 March 1944, p. 23
• National Archives and Records Administration: NUMIDENT claim file for Harriet Pollag, 1 April 1944