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Harrington, Harriet Riddick Baldwin, 1883
 
    Died 1967

Albion College Graduate
Class of 1905

Biography
Harriet Riddick was born March 21, 1883, the daughter of Rev. Isaac and Sarah Thompson Riddick.Isaac, a Methodist minister, was also a veteran of the Civil War. When she was fifteen, Harriet came to Albion with her sister Mary as a preparatory student at the College. She graduated from Albion College in 1905 and married her classmate, Charles W. Baldwin, for whom Albion College’s Baldwin Hall is named.

The couple were active in the newspaper business in Michigan and California for over thirty years. Harriet helped in the newsgathering and in the writing of women’s news. From 1919 to 1928, Harriet’s husband was the city editor and editor of the Albion Recorder.

The couple returned to Albion when Charles’ health began to decline. He died in 1943. Harriet married retired Albion superintendent of schools Don Harrington in 1945. He died in 1961.

Harriet was a member of the Erosophian Literary Society and the Delta Gamma Women’s fraternity while in college. She later joined the E.L.T. Club, was active in the First Methodist Church and affiliated women’s circles, volunteered as a Gray Lady at Kimball Tuberculosis Sanitorium near Battle Creek, and was active in the Boy Scouts and other civic circles. She continued to write, publishing newspaper recollections in a trade publication and contributing columns to the Albion Recorder.

Harriet died in December of 1967, after a lengthy illness. She was survived by three children.

Source: Albion Recorder, December 27, 1967

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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