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Carl L. Hartshorn

Carl Larrabee Hartshorn was born in West Somerville, Massachusetts on May 15, 1891, the son of Annie Lysette Larrabee and Edward Clifford Hartshorn, a "claims clerk" (1900) and commercial photographer" (1910). Young Carl had an early interest in chemistry, and joined the American Chemical Society in 1906, while still in high school. After graduating from Somerville High School in 1909, he enrolled in the Tufts College Chemical Engineering program and took up photography on the side, probably having gained his interest from his father's work. In the December 1911 issue of Camera Craft magazine he is listed (at age 19) as a source of photomicrographs, prints and lantern-slide photos of nature subjects and landscapes.

Carl received his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts College in 1913, and took a position with the Research Laboratory Chemical Department of Edison Electric Illuminating Company in Boston. But he continued collecting photographs; in American Photography magazine for January 1915 he is listed as wanting to exchange photo-micrographic prints. In the Naturalist's Directory for 1914 and 1919 he is listed as a B.S. in Chemical Engineering; as a specialist in microscopy, chemistry and photomicrography; as a collector of micro-objects and photographs; and as being interested in exchanging micro-objects and photomicrographs.

Carl was initiated into the John Abbot Lodge of the Masons in 1915. That same year he married Lorene Aurelia Whitney (1890-1963), and they settled in New Haven, Connecticut. Together they had three children: Elizabeth Annette Hartshorn [Phillips] (1917-2007), Barbara Whitney Hartshorn [Hubbard] (1924-1983)and Carl Larrabee Hartshorn, Jr. (1921-2000).

In the 1914 Somerville City Director listed Carl as a chemist, living with his father Edward, a photographer. In the New Haven City Directories he is listed as a "chemical engineer" (1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921). In 1917, at the age of 26, he listed himself as an "expert chemist" on his military records (giving his stature as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 130 pounds).

By 1923 Carl had taken a job as assistant engineer at a railroad company power plant, and was so listed in 1924-1925 as well. In 1930 he was living with his family in West Haven, Connecticut and working as a mechanical engineer for a railroad company; as a "professional engineer" in 1940; and in 1942 he was working for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad at their company office in New Haven, Connecticut.

Carl's son, Carl Jr., and wife Virginia moved to La Jolla, California in 1954, then San Dieguito in 1956. Apparently they like the weather and the life in California because they convinced Carl Sr. and his wife to move there as well. The 1959 West Haven City Directory states that Carl and his wife had "removed to California," (some time between 1957 and 1959) where they appear on the San Dieguito City Directory for 1960.

Carl Hartshorn died in Attleboro, Massachusetts on November 28, 1966; his remains were cremated.

U.S. World War I Draft Registration records.
U.S. World War II Draft Registration records.
Announcement of the Engineering School, 1914-1915, Tufts College, Mass.
Social Security Death Index.
U. S. Federal Census Records 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
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