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Caroline Thomas Harnsberger, pictured here sitting on the running board of her 1920s car, was an active swimmer, but went on to garner many more accomplishments in her lifetime.

Caroline Thomas Harnsberger, born in 1902, lived with her family on her great-grandfather's 358-acre farm covering most of the east side of what is now Grandview Heights.

Their home was located on the hill above Goodale and Northwest boulevards.

Caroline was one of six children born to James O. Thomas and Edith Margaret Hiss Thomas.

Caroline, pictured here sitting on the running board of her 1920s car, was an active swimmer in the "old swimming hole" located near Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue. She won several diving competitions held there.

Caroline went on to garner many more accomplishments in her lifetime. She was educated at the Juilliard School of Music and became a professional musician playing violin for the Chicago Women's Symphony and later with the Evanston Symphony, which she also helped establish.

She was married at 23 in 1925, and as wife and mother she became a prolific author, publishing nine books on Mark Twain.

She was one of the world's foremost Twain scholars. Among her published books was "A Pilot's Ready Reference Manual," which sold more than 30,000 copies with 12 editions.

She obtained her pilot's license at the age of 50 in order to fly as co-pilot with her husband, Audley Harnsberger, and her two sons. Caroline returned to Grandview Heights after her husband's death and took up painting. She died in 1991 at the age of 89.

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