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ALTON HARRIS 1881-1928


Posted By: Volunteer
Date: 5/11/2005 at 19:47:18

Alton Harris Passes Away at His Home In Minneapolis, Minn.

Alton Harris, son of James M. Harris and his wife Margaret Jemison-Harris, was born on the 29th day of January, 1881, in Postville, Iowa, and died at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday, May 19, 1928, at 9:33 a.m., thus attaining the age of 47 years, three months and 20 days.

He received his education in the public schools of this city, where for many years he operated a tonsorial parlor, afterward moving to Minneapolis, where he worked at his trade as barber until a few weeks previous to his demise.

For twelve years he had been afflicted with cardiac dilation, from which medical aid seemed to afford only temporary relief. About two weeks ago he was taken to the hospital but an operation at that time seemed inadvisable, and consequently his wish to be removed to his own home was granted. His condition under a new treatment seemed to be improving. However, bronchial pneumonia set in, causing his immediate death.

It is not for us to eulogize or criticize the departed, and little would it matter if we did. Suffice it to say that he was eminently loyal to his country, party, parents, family and friends. In late years the family attended and was interested in one of our newly organized English Lutheran missions and received the ministrations of Rev. R. H. Gerberding.

Those of the immediate family who mourn his early demise are his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Harris, of this city, his wife, Edith Wegner-Harris, and his daughter Genevieve.

The funeral was held from St. Paul's Lutheran church in this city at two-thirty on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. E. T. Finck officiating, and the large number of people who attended to pay a last tribute to the memory of one whom they had known, and the numerous beautiful floral tributes all bore eloquent testimony of the many friends he had.

Interment was made in Postville cemetery.

- source: Postville Herald newspaper clipping, contributed by Mary Durr


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