Meet the fashionable Harriet Massey! Mrs. Massey was born in Sterling, New York on Feb. 20, 1842, and came to Porter County with her parents at the age of 10. She married Samuel Massey in Chesterton on Dec. 1, 1861. Massey was a prominent member of the Valparaiso Woman's Club and the driving force behind their work to have public restrooms in the Porter County Courthouse. After her work in having the restrooms put in, she herself cared for their upkeep and maintenance. On March 1, at the age of 91, Harriet passed away. A member of the Woman's Relief Corps, the organization departed from their regular schedule so members could attend her funeral.
Today is #WearYourPearlsDay, which is meant to show, like in the natural design of pearls, "that when life throws dirt our way, we all have value in the end." It is easy to believe that Harriet would have appreciated this holiday. If nothing else, here she is wearing her pearls.
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