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Gladys Harrison

VINTON -- Gladys Marie Harrison, 83, died Thursday morning, May 8, 1997, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, following a brief illness. She was born May 29, 1913 on a farm in Fayette Twp., of Linn County, the daughter of Edward and Rebecca Elson Myres and graduated from the Palo High School.

November 15, 1933 she married Delbert L. Harrison at Vinton. The couple made their first farm home in Taylor Township of Benton County and moved to a farm near Hudson in 1940. From 1944 until Mr. Harrison's death on March 17, 1973, they farmed in Polk Township of Benton County. About a year later, Mrs. Harrison moved to Vinton. She was a member of the Pleasant Prairie Club.

Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, William "Bill" and Mary Lou Harrison, rural Walker, and Keith and Marilyn Harrison, Vinton; four grandchildren, Mike Harrison and his wife, Kamie, Roswell, GA; Holly Harrison Hosford and her husband Bryan, Iowa City; Jeff Harrison and his wife Kristy, Urbandale, and Penny Midthun, Vinton; and five great- grandchildren: Ashley and Alex Midthun and Chelsea, Trent and Reece Harrison.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Rex, Dick and Harley Myres; and two sisters, Della Myres Hanson and Mildred Myres Sanders. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 12, 1997, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Dr. Dennis Morey of the Vinton Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be at the Urbana Cemetery. Visitation is at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11. A memorial fund has been established.
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Vinton Eagle; June 7, 1907

Infant son Harrison

The funeral services of the infant son of Marion and wife were conducted at the Primmer M. E. church _?_ afternoon by the pastor, Rev. C. W. Cleveland. The child was born Feb. 10, and death resulted from an attack of measles, culminating in bronchial pneumonia. A large crowd gathered at the church, the theme being "The Gardener and the Lilies."

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Benton County Times; June 9, 1913

J. W. Harrison of Harrison Township Passed Away Wednesday at Advanced Age.
John Wesley Harrison

The death of J. W. Harrison, an early settler of Benton county, occurred Wednesday morning at the family home in Harrison township. He had been a sufferer for ten years from asthma and for the past three months had been confined to his bed. Mr. Harrison had reached the advanced age of 81 years and forty years of his life had been spent in this county.

Mr. Harrison was a man of kindly disposition and was respected by his old neighbors and friends. His death is sincerely regretted by the entire community in which he had spent so many years.

The funeral was held this morning at the Primmer church and was attended by a large company of relatives and friends. The interment was in the cemetery in the country.

Mr. Harrison is survived by seven children, four girls and three boys. Four of the number, Mrs. Jennie Caldwell, William, Marion and James, are residents of Benton county; Mrs. Lizzie Miller lives at Waterloo, and Mrs. W. S. Collicott is a resident of Sioux City.

The deceased had lived in Harrison township more than forty years. He was a successful farmer and on account of his honesty and general strength of character and his broad Christian sympathies he was held in high esteem.

The passing of Mr. Harrison removes one of Benton county's noblest characters.

Benton County Times; June 20, 1913
John Wesley Harrison

John Wesley Harrison was born in Fulton county, Illinois, June 16, 1832, and passed away at his home June 4th, 1913, aged 80 years, 11 months and 28 days.

When he was three years of age he moved to Iowa, settling in Linn county. After living there several years he came to Benton county, where he lived the remainder of his life. He had lived on the home place a period of 65 years.

January 1, 1862, he was married to Miss Lucinda Callicott. To this union were born ten children, five boys and five girls. Three children died when small. Those living are: Mrs. Lizzie Miller, of Waterloo, Ia., Mrs. Sarah Haymaker of Vinton; Mrs. Gladys Callicott of Sioux City; Will Harrison and Mrs. Jennie Caldwell of Vinton, and James and Marion, who are living on the home place. All of these were with him in his last days and hours to give him all the comforts that earthly hands could give. Besides the loving and devoted wife and children there is an aged brother, Harve Harrison of Vinton and several grandchildren to mourn his death.

In the year 1892 he was converted and united with the Primmer M. E. church, where he was an active member until ten years ago when he was taken sick and has not been able to attend. But still his faith in God was just as strong as before and wanted others to go and do all they could in the work for the Master.

He had been a patient sufferer, never murmuring or complaining, always looking at the bright side of life, always praising his Lord and blessed Savior whom he longed to see at last. One of the last words he uttered was "Oh, my precious Savior."

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Lucinda Harrison

Mrs. Lucinda (Collicott) Harrison, widow of J. W. (John Wesley) Harrison was born in Humbolt County, Indiana, December 13, 1842. Died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sadie Haymaker, Vinton, Iowa, June 13, 1924. Aged 81 years, 6 months and 28 days.

January 1, 1862, she was married to J. W. Harrison to whom were born five sons and five daughters. In early girlhood she came to Iowa with her parents. Immediately following her marriage, she with her husband located on a farm in Taylor township, Benton County, Iowa, where she reared her family and lived until about six years ago.

She underwent the hardships and experiences of the early settlers but all the time made her life tell favorably as one of the early pioneers. In early womanhood, she professed faith in Jesus Christ and united with the Methodist church, retaining her loyalty to Christ, and the church until the day of her passing. Those who knew her best will remember her activity in church work. She was ready and anxious to depart and be with the loved ones once gone before. As a wife, mother, neighbor, and Christian she had but few her equal.

Four children preceded the mother in death. She is survived by six children as follows: Mrs. Lizzie Washburn of Waterloo; Mrs. Sarah Haymaker of Vinton; Mrs. Gladys Collicott of Chicago; James and William Harrison, farmers near Vinton, and Mrs. Hugh Caldwell, Vinton.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. F. Cronk at the Primmer church northeast of Vinton, some seven miles, Thursday afternoon, and laid to rest in the Cox cemetery along side of other members of the family awaiting the final resurrection.
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Marion Harrison

Marion Harrison died suddenly last Saturday while on his way to Vinton in company with his wife and Mrs. Chas. Floyd, from his home northeast of the city.

He was driving a team of colts hitched to a wagon and when they were near the slaughter house on the grade road the team started to run and he had some difficulty in stopping them but with the aid of Mrs. Harrison pulling on the lines he finally got them stopped.

The doubletree had become loosened from the tongue and Mr. Harrison asked his wife to hold the colts by their bits while he fixed it. She had just reached their heads when she noticed him falling back on the seat of the wagon with his mouth open. With the aid of Mrs. Floyd she got him out of the vehicle, but he breathed only a few times after that, and died.

Dr. Luckey, returning from the home of Charles Floyd, who is sick with pneumonia, came by about that time, but it was too late for medical aid. The body was brought to Vinton in the Fry auto truck and taken to their undertaking parlors.

Mr. Harrison had been troubled all winter with a bad cold and complained of his lungs and heart bothering him, but his condition was not considered serious. The immediate cause of his death was heart failure, no doubt due to the excitement of the team running away and the exertion in stopping the horses.

Marion Harrison was born in Benton County, on the Harrison farm six miles northeast of Vinton, December 17, 1880, and was 36 years, 4 months and 27 days old at the time of his death, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. (John) Wesley Harrison, who were pioneer residents of Benton County.

Mr. Harrison was a prominent man in the community in which he lived and was well and favorably known by many all over the county. At the time of his death he held the position of Sunday school superintendent of the Primmer church, of which he had long been a member.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and four children, Delbert, Ray, Lucile and Mildred; his mother, Mrs. Wesley Harrison, and four sisters and two brothers. The sisters are Mrs. Frank Washburn, Waterloo; Mrs. Will Collicott, Sioux City; Mrs. Sarah Haymaker, Vinton; Mrs. Hugh Caldwell, Vinton. The two brothers of Mr. Harrison are James and Will Harrison, both of whom are residents of Benton County.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Primmer church at 2:00, conducted by Rev. Norton, of Urbana, and assisted by Rev. McDonald, of Walker. Burial was made in the Cox cemetery in Polk township.
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Unknown; May 26, 1996
Marion Harrison Shellsburg, Iowa - May 24, 1996
Marion E. Harrison

Marion E. Harrison, 67, died Friday, May 24, 1996, at the Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center, where he had been a resident for the past year, following an extended illness. He was born December 13, 1928, near Garrison, the son of Ray and Nina Geiger Harrison. He graduated from Vinton High School in 1946. February 11, 1950, he married Joan Michael, at Vinton

A lifelong resident of Benton County until his illness, he farmed for over 20 years in the Vinton and Shellsburg areas. He and Joan owned and operated the Lazy H Tap and Grill in Shellsburg for 13 years. He was also employed as a Federal Meat Inspector for five years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shellsburg, a charter member of the Shellsburg Lions Club and a 10-year member of the Shellsburg Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Joan, Shellsburg; two sons and daughters-in- law, Michael and Rose Harrison, Cedar Rapids and Mark and Deborah Harrison, Vinton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Chris and Glenn Schanbacher, Cedar Rapids; Rita and Jim Fix, Vinton; and Mary and Scott Hepker, Urbana; 13 grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Phyllis Harrison, Garrison; Roger and Beth Harrison, Marshalltown; and Gary and Karen Harrison, Williamsburg; and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter-in-law, Janice Harrison. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, Shellsburg. Interment was held at Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg

Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, Vinton was in charge of the arrangements.

{Submitter comment: He was the GG-grandnephew of my GGG-grandparents, William Brice Harrison & Emma Jane Osborn Harrison.}
Submitted on Fri Feb 7 14:00:43 2003 by
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