Photograph of William S. and Harriet Torrey Evatt


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Photograph of William S. and Harriet Torrey Evatt from the collections of the Worthington Historical Society (WHS) may be used for educational purposes as long as it is not altered in any way and proper credit is given: "Courtesy of the Worthington Historical Society, Worthington, OH." Prior written permission of the WHS is required for any other use of Photograph of William S. and Harriet Torrey Evatt. Contact WHS at to request permission.

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Photograph of William S. and Harriet Torrey Evatt is a picture, with genre photograph and group portraits. Its dimensions are 10 in. x 8 in..

It was created around 1940-1960.

Worthington Historical Society is the Contributor.

Pictured here are William S. Evatt and Harriet Torrey Evatt travelling on a ship. The Evatts married in 1924 and lived at 74 East Kanawha Avenue in a red brick home they built and filled with fine antiques. William Evatt was an attorney with the Brickler-Eckler Law firm and a talented violinist.

Harriet Evatt was known for her work as a painter, children’s author and illustrator. She was born in 1895 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and her father John McCullough Torrey was a mural painter. Her aunt Harriet Hawley, after whom she was named, was also a children’s author. In 1940 Harriet Evatt began writing children’s novels of "mysteries without crime." Many of her books were set in the French-Canadian country where she and her husband spent time fishing and camping in the Temagami Forest Preserve.

Prior to writing children’s books, Evatt wrote poems, serials, and short stories for a magazine published in Chicago called "Children’s Activities," which inspired her to begin on novels. All of her works were published by Bobbs-Merrill Co. in New York including titles such as "The Red Canoe," "The Secret of the Ruby Locket," "Snow Owl’s Secret," "Big Indian and Little Bear," "The Mystery of the Lonesome Manor" and "The Secret of the Old Coach Inn." The last of these titles drew inspiration from Worthington’s own iconic landmark, the Griswold Inn, which used to stand on the northeast Village Green.

Evatt did all the illustrations for her books and also painted works with oil and watercolors. Her paintings include many self-portraits in settings of countries she visited, cats (which she loved), her book characters and landscapes. Often referred to as the "Worthington authoress," Evatt was active in the Worthington unit of the Philharmonic Women’s Association and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She was also a member of the League of American Penwomen, the Columbus Art League, and the Ohio Water Color Society.

It covers the topics artists and authors.

It features the people Harriet Evatt (née Torrey), 1891-1983 and William S. Evatt, 1892-1970.

You can find the original at Worthington Historical Society.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Historical Society identification code is 92-U-622a.

The Worthington Memory identification code is whs1231.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on April 29, 2021. It was last updated May 8, 2021.