The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
catalogued a handful of specimens collected by Joseph Edward Harned, who signed his specimens as “J. E. Harned”. All NCU’s
specimens were collected in Maryland on 12 September 1910, and came to NCU in
a gift of specimens from HNH in 2002. Harned was one of the original members of the Southern
Appalachians Botanical Club in 1937. 1
Herbaria which curate specimens collected by Harned include University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill (NCU), Austin Peay State University (APSC),
and the United States National Herbarium (US).
Joseph Edward Harned, undated, in
the collection of Thomas Harned
Joseph Edward Harned
was born 1 December 1879 in Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, and died in that
same town on 5 May 1951.2
The 1920 Federal Census shows Harned and family living on Second Street in Oakland,
Maryland. The household consists of Harned (age 54), druggist, living with his spouse, Emma (age
50; Emma Matilda Harned neé
Bauer), son Harold Hetzel (age 24; 1895-1983), and daughter Louise (age 19).2,4
Joseph Edward Harned
graduated Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and owned a drugstore
in Oakland, Maryland. He authored and privately published “Wildflowers of the
Alleghanies” in 1931.
He was awarded honorary Doctor of Science from
West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1948.
An excerpt from the College’s alumni magazine of the time noted “Dr.
Joseph E. Harned, a successful druggist of Oakland,
Maryland, is famous throughout scientific fields as a botanist whose
monumental book, “Wild Flowers of the Alleghenies,” fully illustrated, is a
veritable encyclopedia of lore concerning the Appalachian flora and lists
more than one thousand wild flowers, their histories, and the legends which
have grown up around them.” 3
PUBLICATIONS (possibly incomplete list)
Harned, Joseph E. (1931) Wild Flowers of the Alleghanies. Oakland, Md: the author.
Baranski, Michael J. ( ?date ) Fifty years of southern Appalachian botany
– a profile of the Southern Appalachian Club.
Appendix II. Original members
of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Club (adapted from a list first
published in Castanea 2: 19-16.
1937). http://www.sabs.appstate.edu/History/SABCHistApp2.htm accessed on 12 December 20ll.
accessed on 12 December 2011
communication, Brett Miller, Archivist & Music Librarian, Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, West Virginia Wesleyan College,
Buckhannon, WV. Email of 13 December,
Year: 1920; Census Place: West Oakland, Garrett, Maryland; Roll: T625_673; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 116.
Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (ARA microfilm publication T625,2076 rolls).
Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 20. National Archives, Washington, D. C. Ancestry.com . 1920 United States Federal Census [database
on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.