Vista de la casa desde la puerta de entrada siguiente en Longwood Drive .
Historical Marker issued by the Ridge Historical District. Photo by PDG James Alden
Photo by Ms. Yoshiko Urayama, President/Editor-In-Chief, Chicago Shinpo Entrance to Comely Bank
Paul and Jean on the front steps in the 1920s. They named the house “Comely Bank” because that was the street’s name in Edinburgh, Scotland where Jean Harris had lived as a child.
Jean Harris standing in front of their home in 1920s.
Jean Harris in the International Friendship Garden.
Paul and Jean Harris in Japan in February 1935. Photo taken at the stone lantern at the Tokyo Kaikan where they lunched with Umekichi Yoneyama, founder of Rotary in Japan, and other distinguished Asian Rotarians.
In 1935, Japanese, Koreans and Chinese Rotarians presented Paul and Jean Harris with a similar Japanese Temple Lantern. This gift had a place of honor in front of their home.
Jean Harris serving tea to Barney Antzen in Harris’ sunroom overlooking their International Friendship Garden.
Paul Harris in front of the fireplace with Barney Antzen.
Paul and John Doctoroff posing with Doctoroff’s portrait of Paul in 1943.
Many early meetings were held in the basement at Comely Bank. Pictured is the last meeting held in December 1942.
Paul and fellow Chicago One members singing during a meeting in the basement.
Paul and Chicago One Rotarians telling stories at a meeting in 1942.
The Rotary Board Room in the Basement of Comely Bank (l-r) Robert C. Fletcher, Montague Bear, Harry L. Ruggles, Paul Harris, Silvester Schiele, Bernard E. Arntzen and Rufus F. Chapin. (From "The Golden Strand" Rotary /One)
The last picture of Paul and Chicago One Rotarians in front of the fireplace in 1942.
Saying good-bye after an evening of reminiscing.
Living room meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Paul and Jean Harris’ Home Foundation at a planning meeting in Fall 2002. Photo by PDG James Alden
Shirley Butler and PDG Fred Otto working on the purchase agreement on February 17, 2004 in the dining room of the house. Photo by PDG James Alden
The closing on the purchase of Comely Bank May 16, 2005. Richard Porter, Shirley and Ken Butler, Jim Alden, Chairmant, and Fred Otto, Secretary of Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation. Photo by PDG James Alden.
Beginning in Fall 2004, plans were made to start various restoration projects in preparation for possible tours of Comely Bank during the Rotary International Centennial Convention.
Condition of the outside of the house prior to caulking and painting in Fall 2004 and Spring of 2005. Photos by PDG James Alden
This is the north side of the house before it was painted in October 2005. Photo by PDG James Alden
Driveway to the back area along south side of the home in October 2004 before repairs were made. Photo by PDG James Alden
Driveway to the back area along south side of the home in June 2005 after repairs were made. Photo by PDG James Alden
Examining the repaired corner in spring of 2005. Marc Irwin of the Rotary Club of Delton, Michigan,, Trustees Fred Otto and Bruce Riley. Photo by PDG James Alden
PDG Fred Otto power washing the flag stones in the garden on April 16, 2005. Photo by PDG James Alden
View of the uncovered flag stones. Photo by PDG James Alden
Members of the Delton, Michigan Interact group who helped begin the restoration of the garden on April 16, 2005 . Photo by PDG James Alden
Interact members removing years of accumulated leaves and rubbish. Photo by PDG James Alden
New site for tree planting ceremony to be held on June 16 th , 2005. Photo by PDG James Alden
Front entrance in 2005, after front iron work was re-installed. Photo by PDG James Alden
During the 2005 Chicago Centennial Convention:
Held ribbon cutting ceremony with over 100 people from at least 17 countries in attendance. President Glenn Estess, Sr. and PPRIs Frank Devlyn, Luis Giay planted two trees in the front yard of the house on June 16, and PPRI Cliff Dochterman planted a tree in the front yard of the house on June 18.
Held separate re-dedication ceremony of the Japanese Stone Temple Lantern on June 19, 2005, which had been given to Paul and Jean Harris in 1935 by Japanese/Korean/Chinese Rotarians while the Harris were visting Japan.
Hosted over 1,000 visitors during the convention for tours of Comely Bank, (the name given to the house by Paul and Jean Harris, for it reminded them of the Street and area of Edinburgh Scotland which is called Comely Bank).
This is the view of the front of the house after the porch was enclosed by Paul and Jean Harris in the 1930s. Photo on June 16, 2005, after some repairs were made. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami
PDG Jack Mayo was instrumental in gaining the Rotary Heritage & History Fellowship’s support of the purchase of Comely Bank. Jack, one of the original trustees of the Paul and Jean Harris’ Home Foundation, spoke at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami
PDG Brian Andersen, Vice Chairman of the Trustees of the Paul and Jean Harris’ Home Foundation, spoke at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami.
Robert Knuepfer, Jr., President of the Rotary Club of Chicago One, presenting a copy of the other Doctoroff painting of Paul Harris to President Glenn Estess. Photo by PDG Jack Mayo.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony : Jim Alden, Chairman of Paul and Jean Harris’ Home Foundation, Glenn Estess, Sr., President of Rotary International, Luis Giay, PPRI. Photo by Jack Mayo.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Glenn Estess, Sr.; Luis Giay; Frank Devlyn, PPRI; William Boyd, President Nominee of Rotary International. Photo by Jack Mayo.
Sharing a piece of the ceremonial ribbon. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami. Director Sakuji Tanaka, President Glenn Estess, Sr., PPRIs Luis Giay and Frank Devlyn.
Rotarians from 17 countries attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami
Glenn Estess, Sr., in grey jacket, planting a tree in front of Comely Bank with the assistance of Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation trustees Jack Mayo, Brian Andersen, Fred Otto, Robert Knuepfer , Jr., and Richard McKay. Photo by Jack Mayo.
Tree planting: Robert Knuepfer, Jr., and Richard McKay, President and past President of Chicago One assisting Glenn Estess. Photo by Jack Mayo.
PPRIs Devlyn and Giay planting a tree in the front yard of the house on June 16, 2005. Photo by PDG James Alden
PPRI Cliff Dockterman and Past District Governors and spouses celebrating in the back yard on June 18, 2005. Photo by Jack Mayo
PPRI Cliff Dockterman and Jack Mayo, planting a tree in the front yard of Comely Bank on June 18, 2005. Photo by PDG Jack Mayo.
Yosiho Gotoh, President-elect of the Chicago O’Hare Rotary Club, presided over the re-dedication of the Japanese lantern at Comely Bank on June 19, 2005. He has assisted in the research of the lantern. Photo by PDG James Alden
View of Japanese Stone Temple Lantern looking north from Comely Bank . Photo by Ms.Noriko Futagami
Additional view of Japanese Stone Temple Lantern. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami.
Honorable Yutaka Yoshizawa, Consulate General of Japan in Chicago participated in the lantern re-dedication . Photo by PDG James Alden
Some of the participants at the re-dedication of the Japanese Stone Temple Lantern. Photo by Ms. Yoshiko Urayama.
PDG Don Knapp, signing the guest registry, arranged for the gift back to Rotary in 2004 of the Temple Lantern removed by the previous owners, Mr. and Mrs. John Huck, who moved the lantern to their next home in 1974. Photo by Ms. Noriko Futagami
Raise $5,000,000 to upgrade and maintain home and establish endowment for preserving archival records.
Work with volunteers in preserving Rotary’s history as the Presidential Library for Past Presidents of Rotary International.
Funeral procession of Paul Harris’ casket from the church in January 30, 1947.
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and other Rotarians paying their respects at the Paul Harris cemetery site in October 2003. Photo by PDG James Alden
The Chief Priest of Nichiren Buddhist Temple Ichijo Toda, PDG District 2580 2003-04 with his wife, Aiko, visit the Mount Hope Cemetery burial site for Paul Harris while attending Rotary International Convention in 2005. Photo by PDG James Alden
Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International, and it's president emeritus, died yesterday in his home, Comely Bank, at 10856 Longwood dr. He was 78, and had been in failing health in recent years. He was a lawyer in private life.
Mr. Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and since then had seen it grow from single club with a few members in Chicago to 5,638 clubs in 75 countries with more than 259,000 members.
A spirit of loneliness influenced Mr. Harris in part to create the world-wide organization. He was born in Racine, Wis., but reared in Vermont. He was educated at Princeton and the University of Iowa in 1891. For five years he roamed, working as a newspaper man, an actor, and a salesman. He worked on fruit farms, and twice worked his way to Europe on cattle boats.
Beginning of Rotary
In 1896 Mr. Harris settled in Chicago and began the practice of law. Although friendly by nature, he had few friends, and he saw others, like himself not native to the city, in similar situation.
One day in 1900 Mr. Harris had dinner with a lawyer friend, and latter the two strolled the neighborhood where his colleague introduced Mr. Harris to several neighborhood merchants as his friends. Up to then Mr. Harris had not made social friends out side of his business friends, or clients. The neighborhood experience gave him an idea.
Mr. Harris decided to organize a club of representative business and professional men in fellowship and friendship. Three of his clients, Silvester Schiele, Gustavus Loehr, and Harry Ruggles, joined with him. They met periodically in the old Mme. Galli restaurant, often called the birthplace of Rotary, where over the dinner table they discussed plans for the club.
Other Clubs Formed
On Feb. 23, 1905, Rotary was born, and was so-called because it's members met in rotation at their several places of business. The idea spread, and similar clubs were formed in other cities. Essence of Rotary's purpose was and is--serve; high standards in business, professional and community life.
Paul Harris Founder of Rotary International (Born April 19, 1868-Died January 27, 1947)
the City of Chicago but always felt a strong desire to
return to her native Edinburgh. This she did in 1955.
On November 9, 1963, the day after her
82nd birthday, Jean Thomson Harris died in a
nursing home in Newington, Edinburgh.
Jean Thomson Harris is buried in
Newington Cemetery. Other members of the Thomson
family are buried nearby.
Jean Harris’ final resting place in Newington Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Paul Harris, in 1935, told the story of how Jean's parents aged around 90 both said farewell to their daughter to return to Scotland in order to be buried in the "old soil". They had stayed in the USA for over 25 years but never became "American". Jean's mother wished to return in order to be buried in Newington next to her mother. So, we now have three generations of daughters buried next to each other. Photos by Ed Lucas.
Jean Thomson Harris (Born November 8, 1881- Died November 9, 1963)