Born: June 29, 1848, Mon­roe Coun­ty, West Vir­gin­ia.

Died: March 19, 1925, Wil­low­ton, Mer­cer Coun­ty, West Vir­gin­ia.

Buried: Oak­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Prince­ton, West Vir­gin­ia.



Harvey was the son of James Max­well Chris­tie and Cyn­thia Pe­ters Clark.

Christie taught sing­ing class­es, 1871–74, which led him to a mu­sic­al ca­reer.

He stu­died un­der Rig­don Mc­In­tosh, who at the time was in the mu­sic de­part­ment at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see. Chris­tie stayed in Ten­nes­see un­til 1876, when he re­turned to West Vir­gin­ia.

Around 1877, he con­duct­ed a two month course at the Con­cord Nor­mal School, in Ath­ens, West Vir­gin­ia, fol­lowed by a si­mi­lar course in Prince­ton, West Vir­gin­ia; Rur­al Re­treat, Vir­gin­ia (1878); four cours­es in Snow­ville, Vir­gin­ia (1879–80); and a nine month course at Rur­al Re­treat, Vir­gin­ia (1881).

In 1881, he stu­died for a while at the Com­mer­cial Col­lege at Ken­tuc­ky Uni­ver­si­ty. In 1882, he moved to Mil­li­gan Col­lege, Ten­nes­see, where he even­tu­al­ly served on the Board of Di­rect­ors.

In 1894, Chris­tie be­came mu­sic ed­it­or for the Stan­dard Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.