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Notes for JAMES A. HARMAN:
From Harman Harmon book by John William Harman, Pg. 61.
Prof. James Arthur Harman of Virginia
James Arthur Harman, violinist, was born near Dry Fork, Randolph County, WV, Jan 7, 1882.
He received his education in the public schools of that state. His inclination for music developed
in early childhood, and many of his youthful hours were spent with private music teachers of his
home community. Every year found him giving more and more time to music, and in 1903 he
entered Dana's Musical Institute, where he won quite a reputation as a student. Returning to the
Valley of Virginia in 1906, the subject of this sketch became intimately associated with the music
departments of the leading colleges. From 1906 to 1923 Prof. Harman headed the violin
department of Shenandoah College. At various intervals during these years he was violin
instructor at the State Teachers College, Harrison burg, VA and Bridgewater College,
Bridgewater, VA. With the two latter institutions, Prof. Harman has never severed his relations
completely, although in 1920 he became the founder and president of Harman's School of Music,
an institution located at Harrisonburg, VA and one which has grown and prospered since its
inception. Prof. Harman in 1906 married Della Margaret Emigh. To this union were born the
following children: James Gordon, 17; Emigh dosler, 16; Priscella Pauline, 14; Dorotha May,
12; Mary Jane, 10; and Hubert Blaine, 8; all of whom are talented musicians, who with the
father and mother, constitute the Harman Family Orchestra, well known throughout the Valley
section of Virginia and are popular with the music-loving public. [ages of children given above
was in 1927]
[Note] , He and Family band played at the first Harman Reunion at Harman, WV on August 27,
1927. Following is a portion of the story about that reunion.......
Much interest was added to the program when Professor James A. Harman of Harrisonburg, VA led his orchestra, which was made up of his own family, in a number of special selections. Professor Harman is founder of the Harman School of Music, located at Harrisonburg, VA, which offers a full line of courses in the study of the rudiments and appreciation of music, including instrumental and voice culture. He has taught music for fifteen years in Harrisonburg, VA besides seven years as music instructor on the faculty of Shenandoah College, Dayton, VA, and a number of years of service in teaching music at Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA. His school promises to be a wonderful success.
SS Death Index lists James Harman, born on Jan. 7 1882 who died in Oct. 1968 in Dayton, VA;
Children of JAMES HARMAN and DELLA EMIGH are:
i. JAMES GORDON9 HARMAN, b. Abt. 1910.
ii. EMIGH DOSLER HARMAN, b. Abt. 1911.
iii. PRISCILLA PAULINE HARMAN, b. Abt. 1913.
iv. DOROTHA MAY HARMAN, b. Abt. 1915.
v. MARY JANE HARMAN, b. Abt. 1917.
vi. HUBERT BLAINE HARMAN, b. Abt. 1919.
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