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Hope Garland: 1918

Hope Garland: 1918

March 25, 1918. "Garland, Hope, Miss, portrait photograph." Science, interested in. 5x7 inch glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.


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Thanks for all the information on Hope. Very interesting.

"Advanced ideas on matrimony"

I am very curious about this sentence: Later Garland developed advanced ideas on matrimony and his wife left the farm.

So intriguing.

[Stay tuned! - Dave]

Bothered by Brothers


Bride of W.F. Ingersoll Annoyed
by Publicity When Brothers
Sacrificed Estate.

New York Times, April 27, 1925.

        Miss Hope Garland, sister of Charles and Hamilton Garland, Boston youths who refused and then accepted a $1 million inheritance six years ago, was married last Friday to Winchester Fitch Ingersoll, son of Howard L. Ingersoll, Assistant to the President of the New York Central Railroad, it was learned yesterday.

        The ceremony was performed in Grace Church by the rector, Dr. W. Russell Bowie, and, owing to the publicity that attended her brothers' renunciation of their father's estate, every effort was made to maintain secrecy. The bride was accompanied by her godmother, Miss Ruth Richards of 66 West Forty-eighth Street, a dealer in Canadian homespuns at 47 East Forty-seventh Street. The witnesses were Stanley H. Richmond and Fifield Workum.

        Miss Garland did not figure in the publicity that came to her brothers when in June 1919 they announced that they would not accept the approximately $1,000,000 estate willed to them by James A. Garland. Charles Garland, living on a tiny farm at North Carver, Mass., said his refusal was inspired by his theory that it was wrong to accept unearned wealth. He was followed in this by his brother, Hamilton, who, however, soon changed his mind and accepted his share.

        Charles Garland remained firm in spurning the $800,000 due to him. His position was supported by his wife, Mrs. Mary Wrenn Garland, daughter of a wealthy Boston broker. Later Garland developed advanced ideas on matrimony and his wife left the farm. They soon were reconciled, but again drifted apart.

        After a while Charles Garland accepted his inheritance, only to turn it into a foundation for the American Fund for Public Service. It was reported at the time that he had settled $200,000 on his wife and children, Margaret and Peter. The fund was established to support labor newspapers and social betterment efforts for labor.

Hope Garland

What a beautiful name, and she was beautiful. It's a great photograph. Now I wish I could know her whole life story.

Hope Garland Ingersoll 1905-2001

Hope Garland Ingersoll died at the age of 95 in 2001. Born in 1905, she married Winchester Fitch Ingersoll in 1925 (there's an aristocratic name for you).

Here's an article from 2015 about her 25-year fight with the state of Massachusetts over the Ingersoll farm, complete with a picture toward the end of her life:

She might've been an heiress, though not sure if she actually got any money. Her father, James A. Garland, died not long after this photo (in 1920), leaving a $3 million fortune. Who was going to get the money was evidently somewhat up in the air. Interestingly, some of her brothers vowed to not take any money because they believed people should earn their own way.

[Evidently only the male heirs inherited. - Dave]

Classic Portrait

Such a serious look for such a young lady. The Popular Science prop portrays an air of intelligence and I think the word "determined" best portrays the look on her face. Mr. Genthe masterfully set up and captured a timeless portrait.

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