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HISTORIES OF HARRIS GROVE
Written in 1920 by H. H. McKenney
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In tabulating this bit of history for the Harrison County Historical
Society, at the request of A. M. FYRANDO, its secretary, I am spared
many fears as to its reception, believing that it will be read for the
facts and incidents it presents rather than for the style of their
I have been collecting data, as opportunity offered, for several years
and regret that I have been unable to ascertain from any source, but
few facts concerning the people of their doings, who made the first
though temporary settlement of Harris Grove. Seemingly everything in
connection with their short sojourn in the Grove has passed into
oblivion's keyless vault.
My sincere thanks are tendered to the many friends to whom I am under
many obligations for much information that appears within this book,
especially to James D. MCKENNEY, B. A. DIVELBESS, Almor STERN, and to
my daughter, Mrs. FALCONER, for transcribing manuscripts.
H. H. MCKENNEY
ALEXANDER, Rosella I.
ARMSTRONG, William Douglas
CARD, Reverend Kirkland
CARD, Sylvester K.
COMFORT, Simeon J.
DAKAN, Thomas Hart Benton
DEFOREST, Joseph L.
DIVELBESS, Benjamin A.
DOW, John D.
ELLIS, Mrs. Elizabeth
ERVIN, Edwin E.
ERVIN, Mary Ellen
HANER, William B.
HILL, Francis T.
HUTCHINSON, James Sr.
JEWELL, Daniel W.
JOHNSON, Claiborne F.
KNAUSS, Henry J.
KNAUSS, Ida F.
KNAUSS, Levi M.
LONGMAN, George Henry
MCCURLEY, James B.
MCKENNEY, Ann E.
MCKENNEY, Claudius Townsend
MCKENNEY, Edwin D.
MCKENNEY, Dr. Ephraim T
MCKENNEY, Frank B.
MCKENNEY, Horace H.
MCKENNEY, James Dixon
MCKENNEY, John A.
MCKENNEY, Michael I.
MILLIMAN, J. C.
ORR, John Alexander
PARKIN, John A.
PARKIN, Joseph W.
PARKIN, Sarah Jane
PATTON, Anna L.
PATTON, Austin Neel
PATTON, Columbus Marion
PATTON, Maggie E.
PATTON, Marilda Jane
PATTON, Mary Alice
PATTON, Nelson F.
PERRY, Angeline N.
PERRY, Margaret J.
PERRY, William N.
PUGH, Alfred Bennett
PUGH, Esther J.
REEDER, Thomas W.
ROGERS, David R.
ROGERS, Elizabeth J.
ROGERS, James D.
ROGERS, John M.
ROGERS, Laura S.
ROGERS, Samuel G.
SHORT, Reuben B.
SMITH, William K.
STERN, Ettie R.
STERN, Jacob T.
STERN, Willis L.
SULLENS, John R.
TUCKER, Charles Newton
TUCKER, John Wesley
VANDERHOOF, Albert F.
VANDERHOOF, Chloe Ann
VANDERHOOF, Clara M.
VANDERHOOF, David B.
VANDERHOOF, Jacob S.
VANDERHOOF, Martha J.
VORE, William F.
WILKINS, George H.
Other Residents of the Grove
Names of persons not otherwise mentioned herein were residents
of the Grove during the fifties: WYMAN and family, Wm. CREEL and
family, BATES and family, Harry COBURN and family, STEPHENS, a
blacksmith, and his family; RIDER, who had a contract with Michael
ROGERS for the PERRY-ROGERS Mill's, which contract was destroyed by
Single men who made their homes in and about the Grove: Barney
HENSDALE, Henry S. MILLIMAN, Tilman CLEWELL, Wyatt WILLIAMS, Charles
LOCKWOOD, Ben MCLAUGHLIN, John MCKEGG, Stephen FOREMAN, Ben F. LAPORTE,
Ben HIGGINS, Daniel CLARK, Daniel VOORHIES, Isaac HURD, Hezekiah
HOWARD, Robert RITTENHOUSE.
The Ministers who dispensed spiritual balm in the log cabins and shady
woods were Moses F. SHINN, Rev. Kirkland CARD, Rev. LANG, Geo. G. RICE,
James DUNGAN, Hardin A. TARKINGTON, Elder John MCINTOSH, Rev. Charles
P. EVANS, Rev. Mrs. SPELLMAN, William DENTON and Elder Wallace W. WOOD.
The School Teachers: James B. MCCURLEY, Mrs. Simeon J. COMFORT,
Elizabeth KENNEDY, Hope REEDER, who taught a term of school in a log
house that stood about thirty rods south of Harris Grove Creek, close
by a spring branch and near center of SE1/4 SW1/4 Sec.34, Jefferson
Township; Stephen KING, Sarah IMLAY, James WARWICK, Solomon SMITH
BLAKESLEY, Orrin SOULE, Charles STONE, George H. COTTON, J. A. STRITE,
John RITZ, Ann ELLIS, John Milton PERKINS, Maggie ELLIS, William
IRSKINE, Sarah VORE.
The Doctors who administered to the sick in the Grove during this
period were Doctors Robert and Geo. H. MCGAVREN, Dr. D. M. HALL, Dr.
MCMAHON and Dr. Younger, a Kentuckian, who administered an emetic that
he called "Sparrowmint Porridge" for all ailments.
"How fast they fall, those who have known,
As leaves from autumn branches, blown so quickly sere,
Yes, one by one they drop away
As withered leaves that fall and stray and disappear."
Transcribed by Esther Tripp