JOHN H. HARRIS GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Iola Daily Register, Monday, June 7, 1909, Pg. 1.
Died: June 7, 1909
PASSED AWAY THIS A. M.
A MOST WORTHY CITIZEN
HE HELPED MAKE ALLEN
AND IOLA WHAT THEY ARE.
Universally Respected Man
Was a Victim of
In the death of John H. Harris, which occurred at the family home at 208 East Jackson street this morning. Allen county loses one of its most useful citizens. Coming to this vicinity when it was almost an uninhabitated prairie, the opportunities for the exercise of his good judgment and square business methods were most favorable. And those opportunities were never neglected by him. With the progress and development of Iola and Allen county he always kept step, lending his energy to every forward movement.
John H. Harris was not conspicuous, yet his influence was widely felt. Though quiet, reserved and unassuming he was firm and positive in his convictions. As an officer of the law he knew and did his duty. As a professional man, his work was carefully, neatly and honestly done. As a citizen, he thought and acted for the best interests of the community. In his home he was kind and devoted.
“If John Harris had an enemy in the world. I don’t know it,” said a prominent citizen this morning who had been intimately associated with the deceased for half a century. Considerate of the views of others, he could remain faithful to his principles without inviting a contention.
A man of unquestionable integrity, a doer of good deeds, and an obedient servant of his Master, he approached the hour of dissolution without fear or regret. With hands folded and a smile on his face, he told one of his friends a few days ago that he was simply waiting the summons. With his family, he left the comforting assurance that he was ready.
A pioneer has gone---has crossed another frontier. And in the years to come the mention of his name will revive the fondest recollections for he was loyal to principle, faithful to duty and zealous in the interest of good citizenship.
John H. Harris was born in Illinois, October 25th, 1842, and died at 11 a. m., June 7, 1909. He came to Anderson county in 1857 where he resided until 1861 when he moved on to what is now known as the old Brown farm northeast of town. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, 2nd Kansas and was discharged the following October. A short time later he enlisted in the Ninth Kansas, serving through the rest of the great struggle. He was married to Miss Charlotta Brown in February 1862. Returning from the war, he took up his residence in Iola. For many years he followed the occupation of carpenter but of late years was a brick sidewalk contractor. He filled the offices of marshal and street commissioner several terms.
About a year ago he suffered a stroke of apoplexy, and since then he has been confined to his home most of the time. At intervals the strokes recurred, the final and fatal one coming during the twenty-four hours preceding his death. For months he has been critically ill. Yesterday afternoon his, condition became a source of gravest alarm and the members of his family were summoned. He grew worse until about 11 o’clock this morning when death came.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Charloota Harris, two daughters, Mrs. Zora Cox and Miss Clara Harris, and one son, H. L. Harris.
He was a member of the Baptist church, at press hour no funeral arrangements had been made..