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Merrillyn Leigh Hartridge, deceased Feb. 9, 2011

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on February 18, 2011

Merrillyn Leigh Hartridge, who graciously shared many of her memories and photographs with the East Side History Club, passed away February 9, 2011, at age 88.

Lynn (as we knew her) lived at 2146 Lakeland Avenue in the 1930s and 1940s. She attended Lowell Elementary School and spoke frequently about the beauty of the school and its influence on her artistic nature.

Her grandfather, Louis Hess, owned the Hess Store at 2901 Atwood Avenue. Lynn remembered that he sold books, paint boxes, and other supplies to students who would visit the store from the nearby school. “I recall reading the new editions of Elson’s Readers when they first came into the store. By the time school started each year, I had already read the required book,” Lynn said. Several more of Lynn’s recollections were published in An East Side Album.

Lynn’s obituary appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal recently. Read obituary….


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