Moment in Time

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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.

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

Pictured sitting on the running board of her 1920s car, Harnsberger was an active swimmer in the "old swimming hole" near Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue.

She won several diving competitions held there.

Harnsberger 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 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 and becoming one of the world's foremost Twain scholars.

Among her published books was "A Pilot's Ready Reference Manual." She obtained her pilot's license at the age of 50 to fly as co-pilot with her husband, Audley Harnsberger, and her two sons.

The book sold more than 30,000 copies with 12 editions.

Caroline Harnsberger returned to Grandview Heights after her husband's death and took up painting.

She died in 1991 at age 89.