James W. Harris


James W. Harris, who has devoted his attention to general agricultural persuits throughout his entire business career, is the owner of a well improved and valuable farm of two hundred and eighty acres on section 10, Post township. His birth occurred in Noble county, Ohio on the 24th of March, 1860, his parents being David M. and Rosanna (Floyd) Harris, likewise natives of the Buckeye state. The father spent his entire life in Ohio and followed farming during his active business career. At the time of the Civil war he valiantly defended the Union as a member of an Ohio regiment. His widow still resides in that state.

James W. Harris, who was the second in order of birth in a family of nine children, obtained his education in the schools of his native state and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. Subsequently he worked as a farm hand for about five years and then purchased a tract of land in Post township, Allamakee county, Iowa, continuing its cultivation for about ten years. On the expiratio of that period he disposed of the property and bought the farm on which he has resided continuously since and which comprises two hundred and eighty acres of rich and productive land on section 10 in Post township. He operates the place as a general stock farm and has won a gratifyiing measure of success in his undertakings. It is a model and modern farming property, and all of the improvements thereon stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise. Mr. Harris is a stockholder in the farmers' store and the Postville creamery and is widely recognized as a substantial and representative citizen of the community.

On the 17th of February, 1887, Mr. Harris was united in marriage to Miss Carrie L. Segrist, a daughter of Louis and Mary Ann (Joyce) Segrist. The father's birth occurred in Ohio in 1832, while the mother was born in Indiana on the 29th of September, 1842. Louis Segrist, whose father died before he was born, came to Iowa in boyhood. He followed agricultural pursuits during his entire business career, being first employed as a farm hand and later becoming a landowner in Post township, where his demise occurred on the 22nd of January, 1902. His widow now makes her home with her children. Mr. and Mrs. Harris are the parents of nine children, as follows: Martin E., who was born on the 14th of May, 1888, and resides at home; Mae Rose, born February 6, 1890, who is the wife of Joseph Evans, of Postville; Ethel M., whose birth occurred on the 6th of June, 1891, and who gave her hand in marriage to William Fast, of Zanesville, Ohio; Obert, born January 13, 1893, who wedded Miss Clara Klein and follows farming in Post township; Ella Caroline, who was born on the 3rd of April, 1894, and is the wife of Fred Lawson, a farmer of Post township; Dora Irene, who was born March 19, 1899, and is attending school; John Frederick, whose birth occurred on the 22nd of January, 1901, and who is likewise attending school; Florence, whose natal day was December 21, 1903; and Marie Lucile, whose birth occurred June 13, 1911.

In politics Mr. Harris is a republican, but the honors and emoluments of office have never had any attraction for him. His fraternal relations are in the community which has been his home for more than a quarter of a century, and wll merits the regard and esteem which are uniformly accorded him.

-source: Past & Present in Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

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