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HARRIS, Margaret Jane (Jemison) 1857-1930


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 11/10/2012 at 00:02:04

Postville Herald, Thur., 6 March 1930.

Mrs. J. M. Harris Was Lifelong Resident Here.

After an illness of four years, the last twenty-one weeks of which she was confined to her bed, Mrs. Margaret J. Harris, wife of J. M. Harris, and a life-long resident of this community, passed quietly away at her home in Postville at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 1, 1930, aged 73 years, three months and 24 days.

Margaret Jane Jemison, fifth daughter of David and Sarah Burge Jemison, was born in Post township, Allamakee county, Iowa, November 7, 1857. She is the last of seven sisters to pass over to the Great Beyond.

On September 4, 1874, she was united in marriage to James M. Harris, also of Post township. To this union were born four children, Alton, who died May 19, 1928, at his home in Minneapolis, Minn., at the age of 47 years, the other three children dying at birth.

Mr. and Mrs. Harris resided on a farm near the Bethel church for fifteen years, moving to Postville in 1889, where they have since made their residence except for about two years, between 1891 and 1893, during which they had returned to their farm home.

Beside her husband she leaves to mourn two brothers, John L. Jemison of Wessington Springs, South Dakota, and David Marion Jemison of Charles City, Iowa; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends who loved her and will always revere her memory.

Mrs. Harris united with the Bethel church in 1876 and remaineed a member of the same until she moved to Postville in 1893, when she transferred her membership to the Methodist Episcopal church, remaining with that organization until it disbanded.

During her protacted illness hers was a sweet, patient demeanor, submissive to the will of God, calmly awaiting the summons to the higher life that would mean peace to her soul.

Among the many things that might be said of her home life, outstanding is her devotion and love for the one niece she mothered, now Mrs. Thelma Jemison-Sonnkalb, who made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Harris for a number of years. A great home lover and a faithful wife, she will be sadly missed by her devoted and bereaved husband.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Paul's Lutheran church at two p.m. on Wednesday, March 5th, the Rev. E. C. Lepper, pastor of the United Brethren church officiating, after which interment was made in the Postville cemetery.


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