Sandol Milliken Sturges1,2

F, b. 15 May 1942, d. 20 November 2018
Sandy Harsch (provided by Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
     Sandol Milliken Sturges also went by the name of Sandy.3 She was born on 15 May 1942 at Rhode Island.2,4,3 She was the daughter of Benjamin Rush Sturges and Mary DeForest Stoddard.1 She married Jonathan Harsch in 1962 at USA.3 She died on 20 November 2018 at Ireland at age 76.3

RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Sandy Harsch dies aged 76

The death has occurred of RTÉ Radio 1 music presenter Sandy Harsch (76), who has died unexpectedly after a short illness.

As well as Country Time, Sandy co-presented Sisters Doing It For Themselves with Lilian Smith, and had been a contributor to both Arena and Lest we Forget.

After moving to Ireland from the US in 1960, Harsch worked as a freelance photo-journalist in music retail and wholesale and then as chief photographer, record reviewer, and interviewer for Hot Press magazine.

She got her start in radio at RTÉ as a guest critic with Pat Kenny on Outside Track and worked regularly as a panelist, critic, and producing feature items. She moved onto the independent nationwide station Century Radio presenting The Country Store in 1989, and then presented a syndicated show on nine local stations.

In 1996, she rejoined RTÉ and started presenting Country Time, winning a devoted audience of Irish country music devotees. In her lifetime, Sandy interviewed many of the top country artists, including Dierks Bentley, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, and Sugarland.

Following the news of her death, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 Tom McGuire said: "Sandy Harsch had an encyclopedic knowledge and a tremendous love of American Country music.

"This knowledge and love permeated 'Country Time' on RTÉ Radio 1 and Sandy's unique broadcasting style created a wonderful welcome mat for a most appreciative audience on a Saturday night.

"She had met and played with many of the stars of country music and her anecdotes and stories gave new life to the playlists she chose for every show. As a colleague Sandy was much loved in the radio centre and staff here are heartbroken at her sudden passing."

Sandy Harsch was a recipient of the CMA International Broadcaster Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by radio broadcasters outside the United States who have made important contributions toward the development of Country Music in their country.

Upon receiving that award, she said: "Country Music has been a huge part of my life since I was a kid. I have been sharing this passion on air for 22 years and I am totally honoured that the CMA thinks I am doing a good job. Country is a wonderful part of my life and it is a knockout to be given an award. Thank you so, so much."5



The death has occurred of Sandy HARSCH (née Sturges)
Bray, Wicklow

Sandy Harsch (née Sturges) of Bray, Co. Wicklow, passed away peacefully on 20th November, 2018, dearly loved Mum of Caitriona and Rebecca, incredibly devoted Granny of Jessica, Max and Benjamin, dear sister of Rush Sturges (San Francisco) and Dorothy Sturges (Arizona), fondly remembered by her sons-in-law Paul and Jonathan, extended family, friends and colleagues in the music industry.

A Service to Celebrate Sandy’s Life will take place in Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray on Saturday (1st December) at 11.00am followed by private burial. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the DSPCA can be made at the funeral home or online at dspca.ie.6



Sandy Harsch obituary: Late night country music broadcaster

She was also an art photographer and instrumental in creating the ‘Georgian Doors’ poster

The RTÉ Radio One country music presenter and one-time writer-photographer with Hot Press magazine, Sandy Harsch (nee Sturges) has died unexpectedly after a short illness. Harsch’s encyclopaedic knowledge and tremendous love of country music kept fans tuned into late night radio on Saturday nights for more than 20 years. One fan tweeted after her death: “Sandy’s voice picked you up, flew you over the great plains, dragged you into real America and brought America into your home.” As well as Country Time, Harsch co-presented with Lilian Smith Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves a summer series about female singers and songwriters across the globe.

At a memorial event for Harsch in RTÉ Radio Centre in Donnybrook, Tom McGuire, head of RTÉ Radio One, said Harsch had met many of the stars of country music and her anecdotes gave new life to the playlists she chose for every show. “Sandy’s unique broadcasting style created a wonderful welcome mat for a most appreciative audience on a Saturday night,” said McGuire.

Born the youngest of three girls in Rhode Island, Sandy developed her love of country music from an early age by attending barn and square dances. She became further immersed in country music while she worked for several summers on a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There she learned to groom and care for horses and made money barrel racing horses at rodeos.

Moved to Ireland
She attended the private liberal arts college in Bennington, Vermont, for a year and left to get married to Jonathan Harsch in 1962. The couple moved to Ireland and their daughters, Caitriona (1969) and Rebecca (1974) were born and grew up in Killiney, Co Dublin. The marriage didn’t last and Jonathan returned to the US.

Harsch remained in Ireland and brought up the girls on her own – fluidly and warmly juggling her private and professional responsibilities. “Life was always interesting and varied for us as we got to meet many of the people our mother worked with. We were brought along to photo shoots and many gigs,” her daughters recall. Rehearsals for Davy Spillane’s first solo album, Atlantic Bridge, took place in her large spacious home in Killiney in the mid-1980s.

Harsch’s first forays into journalism were to take photographs of the Troubles for an American magazine. She also photographed artworks in the National Gallery and was instrumental in the creation of the first “Georgian Doors” poster. But, her core interest lay in music and she became the main photographer for Hot Press magazine when it was first published in 1977. She later wrote for the magazine for several years.

‘Discerning critic’
Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said Harsch was one of the original crazy gang. “She was a very discerning critic and we were proud to have her on board as a writer and photographer. But, I think it is fair to say that she truly found her métier as a broadcaster. She was thoughtful and articulate. With her wonderfully calm, authoritative voice, she brought country music to life in the most extraordinary way for listeners.”

Harsch got her start in radio as a guest critic with Pat Kenny on The Outside Track. She worked regularly in RTÉ Radio One as a panellist, critic and producer of feature items. She moved to present The Country Store on Century Radio in 1989 but returned to RTÉ in 1996 to start presenting Country Time. With producer Aidan Butler at the helm, she interviewed all the country stars and developed great rapport with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, JD Souther, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The show also broadcast live from Music Row, Nashville, twice, and in 2011, Harsch won the Country Music Association Broadcaster Award for outstanding achievement by radio broadcasters outside the US.

Reading
Outside her work as a broadcaster, Harsch had a voracious appetite for books, reading everything from fiction to feminism, history and politics. She did the Simplex and Crosaire crosswords in The Irish Times daily. She continued to ride horses until too many concussions from falls forced her to stop. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, entertaining and pub quizzes with a group of close friends. She also loved gardening – both in her Killiney home and later in the walled cottage garden in her home in Bray, Co Wicklow, which she shared with her five cats.

Her close friend Carmel Forsythe said Sandy was the most amazing, interesting, loving, caring, generous, friendly and intelligent person she has ever known. Her daughters – both of whom live in the US with their spouses and children – say that she was a fiercely proud mother and grandmother. “She was very attentive – sending care packages and making many trips to the east and west coast of the United States where we live even though she hated flying,” say Caitriona and Rebecca.

Cardiac problems
Sandy Harsch was in good health before her unexpected death from cardiac problems.

Her last Country Time will be aired on RTÉ Radio One, on Christmas night, at 9pm.

Sandy Harsch is survived by her daughters, Caitriona and Rebecca; their spouses and her grandchildren, Jessica, Max and Benjamin, her brother Rush Sturges (San Francisco) and sister Dorothy Sturges (Arizona).3

Children of Sandol Milliken Sturges and Jonathan Harsch

Citations

  1. [S101] Sandol Stoddard, "Email from Sandol Stoddard," to Keith Hunter, dated 20 Aug 2010.
  2. [S18] Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/, Sturges, Benjamin R., US School Yearbooks, Yale Law School Alumni Directory, 1949, Pg. 472, accessed 13 Nov 2011.
  3. [S379] Irish Times, online https://www.irishtimes.com/, Sandy Harsch obituary; Date: 14 Dec 2018; Accessed: 5 Jul 2021 (https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/…).
  4. [S181] 1940 U.S. Census, Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: T627_3773; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 6-11, Ancestry.com, accessed 30 May 2013.
  5. [S380] RTE Radio, online www.rte.ie, Sandy Harsch memorium; Date: 21 Nov 2018; Accessed: 5 Jul 2021 (https://www.rte.ie/culture/2018/1120/…).
  6. [S381] RIP.ie, online https://rip.ie/, Sandy Harsch death notice; Date: 28 Nov 2018; Accessed: 5 July 2021 (https://rip.ie/death-notice/sandy-harsch-bray-wicklow/…).

Thomas Sturges1

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     Thomas Sturges married Mary Rush, daughter of William Rush, before 1844.1

Child of Thomas Sturges and Mary Rush

Citations

  1. [S28] Family Search, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp, "Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1916," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8KH-9K5 : accessed 14 January 2018), Howard Okie Sturges and Alice Spring Knight, 23 Nov 1875; citing , Providence, Rhode Island, United States, town halls, Rhode Island, and Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; FHL microfilm 448.

Thomas Rush Sturges1

M, b. 27 September 1904
     Thomas Rush Sturges was born on 27 September 1904 at Providence County, Rhode Island.1 He was the son of Walter Knight Sturges and Marie A. Hayes.1 He and Olivia Dulany Wheeler were engaged circa 3 June 1925 at USA.2 He married Olivia Dulany Wheeler, daughter of J. Harold Wheeler Jr., on 10 October 1925 at USA.2,3 He and Olivia Dulany Wheeler were divorced circa 1930.4

Citations

  1. [S28] Family Search, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F839-XG6 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Rush Sturges, 27 Sep 1904; citing Providence, Rhode Island, reference p 134; FHL microfilm 2,208,954.
  2. [S322] Newspapers.com, online https://www.newspapers.com/, Publication: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Maryland; Date: 3 Jun 1925; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.
  3. [S322] Newspapers.com, online https://www.newspapers.com/, Publication: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Maryland; Date: 30 Jul 1925; Page: 9; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.
  4. [S322] Newspapers.com, online https://www.newspapers.com/, Publication:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittspurgh, Pennsylvania; Date: 18 Apr 1930; Page 1; Accessed: 5 Jul 2025.

Walter Knight Sturges1,2

M, b. December 1876
     Walter Knight Sturges was born in December 1876 at Rhode Island.1 He was the son of Howard Okie Sturges and Alice Spring Knight.1 He married Marie A. Hayes circa 1903 at USA.3

Child of Walter Knight Sturges and Marie A. Hayes

Citations

  1. [S114] 1900 U.S. Census, "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M97P-CYZ : accessed 14 January 2018), Rush Sturges in household of Howard Sturges, District 2 Providence city Ward 1, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 7, sheet 10A, family 208, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,506.
  2. [S344] William Richard, A. M. Cutter, New England Families Vol.1, Struges Family, Page: 232, Digitized by Google Books; Accessed: 14 Jan 2018 (https://books.google.com/books).
  3. [S28] Family Search, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F839-XG6 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Rush Sturges, 27 Sep 1904; citing Providence, Rhode Island, reference p 134; FHL microfilm 2,208,954.

Arrie Sublett1,2

F, b. circa 1878
     Arrie Sublett was born circa 1878 at Texas.3 She married George Young London, son of James Martin London and Sarah Josephine Spencer, on 3 November 1895 at Denton County, Texas.1,2 She married Walter D. Daniels, son of Isaac Dinson Daniels and Amanda Hawkins, on 16 October 1917 at Van Zandt County, Texas.4

Children of Arrie Sublett and George Young London

Citations

  1. [S18] Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/, Texas, U.S., Select County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 [database on-line]; G. Y. London; Denton County Clerk's Office; Denton, Texas; Denton County Marriage Records; Volumes: 00005; Pages: 00192; Accessed: 4 Jan 2022.
  2. [S62] Portal To Texas Hstory, online http://texashistory.unt.edu/, Denton County News, Denton, Texas; G.Y. London; Vol. 4, No. 28, Ed. 1; Date: Thursday, 7 Nov 1895; Page: 8; Accessed: 4 Jan 2022.
  3. [S180] 1910 U.S. Census, Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]; Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Denton, Texas; Roll: T624_1546; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0087; FHL microfilm: 1375559; Original data:Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA; Accessed: 4 Jan 2022.
  4. [S18] Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/, Texas, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1817-1965 [database on-line]; Arrie London; Original data: Marriage Records. Texas Marriages. Texas State Library and Archives Commission and various county clerk offices, Texas; Accessed: 4 Jan 2022.
  5. [S62] Portal To Texas Hstory, online http://texashistory.unt.edu/, Record and Chronicle, Denton, Texas; G.Y. London; Vol. 30, No. 2, Ed. 1; Date: Thursday, 17 AUG 1911; Page: 5; Accessed: 4 Jan 2022.

Nathaniel Suite

M, b. 1720
     Nathaniel Suite was born in 1720. He married Mary Burch on 24 June 1752 at Prince George's County, Maryland.

Child of Nathaniel Suite and Mary Burch

Susannah Suite

F, b. 1775, d. 1820
     Further research is require to verify birth and marriage dates. Susannah Suite married Henry Burch, son of William Burch and Elizabeth Kinsey, in 1768 at South Carolina. She was born in 1775 at Prince George's County, Maryland. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Suite and Mary Burch. She died in 1820 at Nelson County, Kentucky.

Child of Susannah Suite and Henry Burch

Belle Sullivan1

F, b. after 1857
     Belle Sullivan was born after 1857.1 She was the daughter of Charles L. Sullivan and Fannie Eddings.1 She married Unknown Adams after 1875.1

Citations

  1. [S86] Rev. Gideon Tibbitts Ridlon Sr., History of the Families Millingas, Agnes Ann Milliken, "Millikens of Orange Co., No. Carolina", Pg. 494.

Charles L. Sullivan1

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     Charles L. Sullivan married Fannie Eddings, daughter of Issac Eddings and Agnes Ann Milliken, after 1855.1

Children of Charles L. Sullivan and Fannie Eddings

Citations

  1. [S86] Rev. Gideon Tibbitts Ridlon Sr., History of the Families Millingas, Agnes Ann Milliken, "Millikens of Orange Co., No. Carolina", Pg. 494.

F.A. Sullivan1

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     F.A. Sullivan married Caroline Gordon Milliken, daughter of Benjamin Hord Milliken and Mary Rebecca Wells, circa 1900.1

Citations

  1. [S86] Rev. Gideon Tibbitts Ridlon Sr., History of the Families Millingas, Children of John and Harriett Hood, "Millikens of Orange Co., No. Carolina", Pg. 501.