Richard Green (1833-1916)
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Green celebrated the twenty-seventh anniversary of their marriage Tuesday night.
“Personal.” Lansingburgh Courier. December 4, 1886: 3 col 3.
Richard Green, designer for D. Powers & Sons, while hurrying from the works to catch a street car yesterday noon, slipped and was plunged head-long into a vat of white lead. Mr. Green sustained no serious injury to his person but his wardrobe was transformed into oilcloth in a twinkling.
Lansingburgh Courier. December 11, 1886: 3 col 2.
—Richard Green and wife have gone to Grand Rapids, Mich., to visit relatives.
Lansingburgh Courier. September 4, 1890: 3 col 2.
—Evelyn Harris of Atlanta, Ga., a son of Joel Chandler Harris, is a guest at the residence of Richard Green of Third avenue.
“Lansingburgh; Personal.” Troy Daily Times. August 15, 1899: 4 col 3.
—Mrs. Joseph [sic] Chandler Harris and daughter, of Atlanta, Ga., are guests of Trustee and Mrs. Richard Harris.
“Lansingburgh; Personal.” Troy Daily Times. October 25, 1900: 4 col 3.
—Joel Chandler Harris, wife and daughter Lillian are the guests of Trustee and Mrs. Richard Green.
“Lansingburgh; Personal.” Troy Daily Times. October 31, 1900: 4 col 3.
—Joel Chandler Harris has returned to his home in Atlanta, Ga., after a visit at the home of Trustee and Mrs. Richard Green.
“Lansingburgh; Personal.” Troy Daily Times. November 5, 1900: 4 col 2.
Wife of Creator of Uncle Remus—Guest In This City—A Native of Lansingburgh.
Mrs. Joel Chandler Harris, wife of the late Joel Chandler Harris, the noted writer whose Uncle Remus stories gave him an international reputation, is being entertained in this city by her cousin, Mrs. Richard Green of 853 Third Avenue, Lansingburgh. Mrs. Harris is a native Trojan, having been born in Lansingburgh, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Peter Larose. Mrs. Harris’ maiden name was Essie Larose. She was educated in Canada in a convent, and upon her return from school she lived in Albany, where her father was engaged in the steamboat business with the boats John Tracey and Edwin Lewis, plying between Albany and points down the Hudson. Later Mr. Larose went South, where he had business interests, and during the Civil War his steamboat, the Lizzie Baker, was employed in carrying the maimed and wounded Confederate soldiers to different places on the Potomac. While in this undertaking he was imprisoned in the Capitol on charges of being a Southern sympathizer, but was soon liberated.
It was in Savannah, Ga., that Mrs. Harris met her husband, who was then associate editor of The Savannah Morning News. A few years afterward they moved to Atlanta, where Mr. Harris became editor of The Atlanta Constitution, and from 1879 dates his authorship of the delightful folklore tales that endeared him to the North, the South and beyond these confines. At the time of Mr. Harris’ death in 1908, he had at least thirty volumes to his credit. Besides the Uncle Remus stories and “Nights With Uncle Remus,” some of his popular and widely read novels, interesting fiction of the South, include “The Little Union Scout,” “Sister Jane” and Gabriel Tolliver.”
Although Mrs. Harris herself is not a writer, she collaborated with Mr. Harris in translations from the French, and also encouraged him and inspired his best efforts. She possesses the same genial, kindly manner that her husband had. Many of their happiest years were spent at the beautiful homestead situated three miles from Atlanta, that is now owned by the Uncle Remus Memorial Association and used as a perpetual memorial to the gifted author. The residence, of the Queen Anne type, with vine-covered porches and five acres of grounds, was bought last January by this association. The purchase price was $15,000. To meet this expenditure ex-President Roosevelt, who was a great friend of Mr. Harris, whom he entertained at the White House, went South and lectured for the association, thereby netting the sum of $5,000. This amount was duplicated by Andrew Carnegie, another close friend of Mr. Harris, and the remaining $5,000 was subscribed by various individuals. The home still remains “At the Sign of the Wren’s Nest,” and Mr. Harris’ bedroom has been left intact. A public library has been opened in the home, and it is the intention of the association to buy the adjoining ground within a year or so for a playground for the children of Atlanta, which truly would be as Mr. Harris desired, as his love of children indicated.
This fall there will be a public celebration at “The Sign of the Wren’s Nest,” when Mr. and Mrs. Burnham of Boston, Mass., will present a medallion of Mr. Harris to be placed in one of the rooms. The Governor of Georgia and other well-known officials and literary men will attend this observance. Mrs. Harris is not a suffragist. She believes that a woman’s place is in her home, looking after the welfare of her family, and the smiling, happy faces of her six children, four sons and two daughters, all married, and nine grandchildren, bear out this statement.
Each of the six children was given land surrounding the old homestead by their father, where they erected homes. Julian Harris, the eldest son, who is now abroad with his wife, is a newspaper man affiliated with The Uncle Remus Magazine. Joe Chandler Harris, jr., is the editor and proprietor of The Loudon County Mirror at Leesburg, Va., thus inheriting his father’s and name-sake’s attributes. Another son is also a journalist, and the fourth is publicity man for The Southern Bell Telephone Company. One of the daughters is married to Mr. Camp; managing editor of The Atlanta Georgian. Thus they might be termed a newspaper family. Mrs. Harris will remain with Mrs. Green for several weeks, and then will visit in Canada. She will return to Troy in September.
Troy Times. July 15, 1913: 5 cols 2-3.
—Mrs. Joel Chandler Harris of Atlanta, Ga., the widow of the creator of “Brer Rabbit” stories, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Richard Green of Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.
“Personal.” Troy Times. August 13, 1915: col 5.
No. of Interment 25676
NAME Green Richard
PLACE OF BIRTH England
LATE RESIDENCE Troy N Y
Social State married
DATE OF DEATH 1916 May 15
CAUSE OF DEATH Interstitial Nephritis
Date of Interment 1916 May 18
Place of Interment Section W Lot 57
Lot Book Page 3824
NAME OF UNDERTAKER C. H. Mason
NEAREST RELATIVE OR FRIEND Mrs. Sophia Green
Oakwood Cemetery Books of interments, v. 3-4 1896-1938.