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Harris, Alethia Adeline

Mrs. Harris, widow of the late "Hardy" Harris, died at her home near Osage Thursday of last week, after a brief illness. She was a kindhearted, good, christian woman, a consistent member of the Methodist church and her death is deeply regretted. Her remains were laid to rest Friday afternoon in the cemetery at Osage, Rev Brinson officiating. She leaves four little orphan children, and numerous relatives, to whom our heartfelt condolence is extended.

Weimar Mercury, 8 January 1898
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Harris, Bennie J.


Died, in Eagle Lake last Saturday, little Bennie J. Harris, age four years and eight months. Bennie was a bright and promising boy and it was hard to have to give him up so early. We offer our sincere condolence to the greatly bereaved parents, and trust that they may meet their darling boy in a brighter and better world where parting will be no more. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 12, 1886

Harris, Clarence

Clarence Harris

Clarence Harris was born August 5, 1930 in Eldridge, Texas to Artmishel Booker and Willie Harris.

Clarence attended school in Matthews and Eldridge.

He was baptized in 1943 by Rev. N. Bolden at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Eldridge.

Clarence worked on various jobs driving long haul trucks and taxicabs. He also worked on the railroad and later performed handyman services.

Clarence devoted himself to the rodeo circuit. He was a member of the Southwestern Trail Riders Association for a number of years and later became a member of the Black History Trail Riders Association.

Clarence departed this life on Friday, May 25.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Artmishel Sims; father, Willie Harris; brother, Hayward Sims; son, Robert Earl; and two daughters, Cora and Brenda Kay.

In addition to his wife, Helen, he leaves to cherish his memories two sons, Clarence Courtney (CC) and Alvin; three brothers, Lonzo McGrew of Eagle Lake, Alvin McGrew (Evoin) of Houston, James McGrew (Lottie) of El Campo; five sisters, Mercedes Sims and Rosie Cotton (Andrew) all of Eagle Lake, Gracie Prince of Cedar Lake, Joycie Cunningham (Connie) of San Antonio and Mary Lara (Ura) of Missouri City; two grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Billy Hagen of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Homegoing services were held Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. from White Cloud Missionary Baptist Church in Rev. Obie Rhodes, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Boykins Cemetery in Matthews. Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were nephews Robert Loving, Marvin Sims, Michael Cotton, Kenneth Prince, Corey Lara, Kelvin Prince, Paul Cunningham, Courtney Denley and Alvin L. McGrew.

Honorary pallbearers were Lonzo McGrew, Alvin McGrew, James McGrew, Andrew Howard, Connie Cunningham, Ura Lara, Jr., Billy Hagan and the Black History Trail Riders.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Harris, Dilue (Rose)

Mrs. Dilue Harris, Pioneer Is Dead

Mrs. Dilue Harris died yesterday afternoon at seven o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mr. Geo. S. Ziegler. The remains were shipped to Columbus this morning on the ten o'clock train where interment will be made this afternoon. [Columbus City Cemetery] Surviving her are four sons and two daughters Messrs. I. A. Harris of Altair, Guy and Joe Harris of Houston and Lee Harris of California, Mrs. Geo. S. Ziegler of this city and Mrs. Christian Hahn of El Campo

In the death of Mrs. Dilue Harris, one of the very few survivors of the period of the Texas revolution o 1835-36, and the still smaller number of those who were in Texas previous to that time, has passed to her last long sleep. Mrs. Harris was in the ninetieth year of her age. With her father's family she landed on the Texas coast in the spring of 1833. Her father, Dr. Pleasant W. Rose, was a physician of St. Louis, where his daughter, Dilue was born on February 28th 1825. when he determined to emigrate with his family, consisting of his wife, son and two daughters, they sailed from New Orleans, La., on a schooner commanded by Capt. Denmore. Although James Spillman was heir pilot they did not escape shipwreck, which was the fate of many Texas immigrants. They ran aground on Clopper's Point, late known as Morgan's Point, but were finally brought safely to Harrisburg, where the citizens gave them a cordial welcome. After a few months they moved to Stafford's point, and were living there when the revolution broke out and the "Runaway Scrape" occurred. Soon after the city of Houston was laid out, Dr. Rose moved his family to a new home on Bray's Bayou, near enough for his children to attend school, and avail themselves of other advantages offered by the growing town. At his home on February 20th, 1839, the marriage of Dilue Rose and Ira A. Harris took place. The bride was still a child, being in her fourteenth year. The wedding was attended by the leading citizens of the town and neighborhood; among he many guests were numbered General Thomas Rusk, Dr. Ashbel Smith and others of distinguished rank in the government of Texas.

Ira A. Harris improved a place near Houston where he and his wife lived until 1845, when they moved to Columbus. They were the parents of nine children, all of whom lived to be grown, married and become useful citizens. Their elder sons gave their services in the army of the Confederacy. In 1859, Mrs. Harris became a widow, the death of her husband occurring in Columbus. Up to May 4th 1913, there was no other break in the family circle, the death of the eldest son, Tom P. Harris, occurred in Luling, Texas. For a number of years past Mrs. Harris has made her home with her children and grandchildren, and for some years has been with her daughter, Mrs. Geo. S. Ziegler, in this city, where she died on yesterday evening.

Her fund of historical reminiscences was varied by incidents of personal and often humorous nature, and her manner of narration was attractive and entertaining. Her written contribution in diary and reminiscent from (sic), published a few years ago in the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, are a valuable repository to which students of Texas history frequently resort for information and entertainment. No other account of the "Runaway Scrape" is so full of comprehensive details, which was drawn largely from a diary kept by her father, supplemented by her own vivid recollection. This paper recently published portions of these interesting accounts of the revolutionary period from the pen of this beloved and revered pioneer.

The circumstances of her life, in a new country, developed remarkable powers of observation and reflection, which gave to her childhood a maesure (sic) judgment which properly belongs to riper years. She often said she scarcely remembered the time when she did not regard herself as fully grown and willing to share responsibilities, yet in spite of her having assumed the duties of womanhood when a mere child in years, she always showed marked ability in the discharge of every duty. While the exacting duties of motherhood absorbed her time during the early part of her married life, she has always taken a keen interest in political events, and her love of reading always kept her in touch with the spirit of the times. In consequence of her hearing having become seriously impaired many years ago, she was in latter years deprived of many pleasures of social intercourse, but her active mind and busy hands afforded her entertainment and occupation independent of other sources. Her days were helpful to those about her and her eighty-nine years spent in Texas have borne a fruitage of love and veneration from its people, who recognize the value of a life so modestly and so worthily spent. May her last long sleep be sweet! --Eagle Lake Headlight

Weimar Mercury, April 10, 1914
Photo courtesy David Hahn

Harris, Elizabeth (Wright)

Rites Set Sunday For Elizabeth Harris Colored Teacher

Funeral services for Elizabeth Wright Harris, who for 35 years was a teacher of English in the Columbus colored school, are scheduled for 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon in St. Paul Methodist church and burial with be in the Willing Worker cemetery, Rev. Lavalle Lowe officiating. Davis Funeral Home will be in charge.

The Negro teacher died Monday night in St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Houston after having been ill a week. She was a member of a family of school teachers and all her children are teachers. Born in Wright’s Grove, near Columbus May 28, 1893, she was a daughter of the Samuel Wrights.

After graduating at the colored high school here, Elizabeth attended Prairie View college where she got her B. S and M. A. degrees in English. She was planning to get her Ph.D. and had been studying at Atlanta University toward that goal.

Besides her husband, Earl Harris Sr., retired city employe, she is survived by 3 sons, Earl Jr., teacher at Gramblin college, Gramblin, La.; M. S. , teacher at Texas Southern University, Houston, and Herbert, teaching in Savannah, Ga. also a daughter, Maxine L. Daniels, who is teaching at Neptune, N.J.

Other survivors are two sisters, Gussie W. Lee and Bertha Dillard, teachers for many years in the local colored school, and 2 brothers, Robert and Theodore Wright.

Colorado County Citizen, November 1, 1956

Harris, Emery Mae

Mrs. Emery Mae Harris

Mrs. Emery Mae Harris passed away Friday, February 9.

She was born on August 17, 1917 in Columbus. She later was married to Emmit Harris, Sr.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. To this union one son was born who preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish, one niece, Ernestine Burnett of Los Angeles; one cousin, Derick Washington of San Antonio; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held February 15 at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Charles Purnell, officiating. Interment followed at the Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22nd, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Harris, Emma (Bennett)

Mrs. Emma Harris, a stepdaughter of J. A. Lamkin, well known farmer of this section, died at Mr. Lamkin’s residence and was buried at the Live Oak cemetery Saturday last. Mrs. Harris had been ill for quite a while, and was brought to Mr. Lamkin’s residence in the hopes of bettering her condition. but it was of no avail. She was known to quite a number of the people of this section as a lady of lovable disposition, and her death is sincerely deplored by all. We tender sincere condolence to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1913

 Harris, Georgia (Jacobs)


Georgia Jacobs Harris, 88, of Glidden passed away on June 4 in San Antonio.

She was born Feb. 8, 1920 in Hope Prairie to John Jacobs and Lilie Delilah Walker Jacobs. On March 16, 1938 at the age of 18 she married Volum Lawrence Harris. In 1945, they opened a furniture store in Schulenburg "The Trading Post" and in 1950 moved to Columbus where they opened a restaurant and resale shop on Walnut Street as the "Dinner Bell." In 1954, they bought their home in Glidden on Hwy. 90.

For over 50 years she owned an antique shop. In 1993 after almost five decades in business, Weathervane Antiques in Glidden auctioned its contents and closed its doors. Georgia was a member of Glidden Baptist Church in Glidden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Patricia Georgia Harris, brother Eddie Jacobs and half-brother Chester Perry.

She is survived by three daughters, Martha Chamberlain of Glidden, Janice Wagley and William Snider of Schertz and Kathy Greak and Sid of Alleyton; two sisters, Leaner Harris of El Campo and Agnes Cocker of Conroe; brother, Jesse "Sonny" Jacobs and wife Virginia of El Campo; five grandchildren, Stephanie Edgell, Stacey Rester, Brian Rester and wife Karen, Jennifer Greak and Brittany Chamberlain; and eight great grandchildren, Luke and Dylan Hastings, Gunnar Smith, Taylor, Chloe and Ashley Edgell, Cheyanne Rester and Christopher Chamberlain.

Funeral services took place 2 p.m. Sunday June 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Sid Greak, William Snider, Brian Rester, Sam Edgell, Jason Stanzione and Terry Newman.

Honorary pallbearer was James Hastings.

For all of the gifts of wisdom, hopes, dreams and love, Mama, Mom, Grandma, Baw-Baw-you have touched our lives in such a profound way and will greatly be missed.

In her memory, memorials may be given to Glidden Baptist Church, 207 8th Street, Glidden, Texas 78943.

Colorado County Citizen, June 10, 2008’
Courtesy The Citizen

Harris, Gertrude

County Capital Comments

Last Tuesday a horrible murder was committed by Chas. Sanders, the victim being a 13 year-old negro girl. The girl was enticed by Sanders to enter a vacant house near Mr. Little’s gate, where she was horribly beaten and mutilated with a piece of iron. Believing her to be dead, he threw a heavy door over her and left her in the house, expecting to carry and throw her body in the river after dark. She was not dead, however, but was found late in the evening in an unconscious state. She died on the following day without ever recovering consciousness. Sanders was at once arrested by Sheriff Burford upon circumstantial evidence, and upon the examining trial before Justice Miller on Wed-day[sic] he made a full confession of the crime. Sanders was the stepfather of the girl, and the hemp to be used in stringing him up has perhaps already been shipped from Manilla

Columbus, June 14.--Gertrude Harris, the eleven-year-old child (colored) who was so brutally assaulted last Thursday died from her injuries this morning. [Place of interment unknown] Charles Sanders, her adopted father, is in jail accused of the assault and a charge of murder will be made against him. Excitement is at fever heat among the colored race and talk of lynching is heard.

A cold-blooded murder was committed at Columbus Thursday morning of last week, in the northern part of the town. A negro man who had been criminally intimate with a young negro girl, became incensed because the girl informed his wife of the fact and he threatened to kill them both. He enticed the girl to a vacant house early that morning and with an iron club or rod broke her skull in five places, from the effects of which injuries she died a few hours later. The negro was arrested and is now in jail. There is positive proof against him, we are told.

Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1902

Harris, Hughes Christopher

Final Services Set For H. C. Harris At 2:30 PM Thurs.

The Eagle Lake community learned with great sadness of the sudden death of H. C. Harris, 77, prominent Eagle Lake citizen for 55 years and retired businessman at 7:30 o’clock Tuesday morning at his home following a heart attack. Mr. Chris as he was affectionately known to friends in the community had been in ill health for several years, but was getting along nicely until the fatal attack struck Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon, Thursday, March 5th, from the Mill -Bauer Funeral Home. The Rev. L. A. McDaniel, pastor of Colly Memorial Methodist Church will officiate at the services.

Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Dick Obenhaus, Earl Braden, Daughtery Roberts, Ralph Thomas, Harold Thomas, and Ervin Estlinbaum.

Named as honorary pallbearers were B. H. McElhinney, Dr. J. H. Foster, C. B. Stephens, Mose Thomas, and W. E. Lenhart.

Hughes Christopher Harris was born on February 20th, 1882 to Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Harris in Smyrna, Georgia. He came to the Eagle Lake community in 1904 as an employee of Davidson’s Drug Store and in a few years established his own confectionary and operated a cafe until ill health forced him to retire about ten years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Harris; a son, Kenneth Harris, Houston; two step sons, Robert Cochran of Amarillo and Donald Cochran of Houston; one step-daughter, Mrs. Clyde Dunlavy of Eagle Lake; three brothers, Dr. Fred Harris, Claude Harris, and Grady Harris all of Houston, one sister, Mrs. Bessie Guyruff and one granddaughter, Mrs. James Oglesby, both of Houston; and two great-granddaughters.

Mr. Harris’ friends were numbered by his acquaintances, and the friendly greeting and smile for his friends won for him the love and respect of a host of citizens of this and nearby communities who join in extending sympathy to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 5, 1959

Harris, J. R.

The death of Prof. J. R. Harris, which occurred at Oakland the first of the week, was quite a shock to his numerous friends in this city. It seems but a few days since that this most excellent gentleman was in our city in apparent good health, and now he is numbered with the dead! Prof. Harris was a scholarly gentleman, possessing a genial disposition which made him friends wherever known, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our sincere sympathy is extended the family in their sad bereavement. [Interment in Andrews Chapel Cemetery, Lavaca County]

Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1904, page 5

Oakland News

It is with a sad heart that I write of the death of my dear father, Prof. J. R. Harris, which sad event occurred at his home here in Oakland, on the 20th day of June at 2:30 a. m. To say his death was a shock to his children would feebly express their feelings, for we can hardly realize yet he is dead. On the morning he was taken sick he arose early, as was his usual custom, and attended to the chores about the lot, after which he ate breakfast and went to the lot again to see about his stock, and was returning to the house when he was stricken down with apoplexy, where he was soon afterwards found leaning on the fence unable to rise. A doctor was immediately summoned, and all that medical aid and loving children could do was done for his recovery, but all to no avail. The good Master had called him and he had answered the summons with a smile of peace and love born of Heaven. As we gazed on the dear face for the last time on this earth, with such a look of peace, we truly feel our lost was Heaven’s gain, and that he is now walking the realms of glory with Jesus and Mother and other loved ones gone before. Prof. Harris was born in Raleigh, N. C., September 22, 1835. He was educated at Oxford, Mississippi, where he was graduated with honors. He was a Confederate Soldier and served several years as lieutenant in Virginia, after which he came to Texas in 1864, and took up school teaching for a livelihood. Right after the war he was happily married to Miss Mary Carden of Gatesville and moved to Colorado County, where he resided up until the time of his death. He united with the Baptist Church when quite a young man, and for forty years he has been an earnest worker in the Master’s vineyard. His friends were many and his life was one worthy imitation. He leaves five children to mourn his loss—Mesdames Gertrude Payne and Willie Martin of Bay City, Mrs. I. A Strunk, Mrs. Ruth Calhoun, and Miss Bertha Harris of Oakland.

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1904, page 3
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton.

Harris, John B.

It is with most profound sadness we chronicle the death of Dr. J. B. Harris, which occurred in this place at the Tooke Hotel, Tuesday the 7th inst. at 12:30 o'clock, P.M. Sick only a few days. Dr. Harris was one of nature's noblemen, generous to a fault. He was a useful man in this community. His remains were taken in charge by the Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Honor, to all of which institutions he belonged, and laid to rest in the Osage burial ground, by the side of those of his wife who died several years ago. Dr. Harris leaves a large relationship and many friends to mourn his loss. A suitable obituary will be written in due time. Peace to his ashes.

Colorado Citizen , 9 April 1885
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Harris, John Nimmo


Died of typhoid fever, after a protracted illness, in Llano City, JOHN NIMMO HARRIS, in the 15th year of his age.

The subject of the above sketch was a son of the late Dr. John B. Harris, of Weimar, Colorado county. His mother, Mary R. Harris , was called to rest a few weeks after his birth. A peaceful rest, too, it was. She left two little children -- the oldest, Bessie, 3 years old, and the baby boy Johnnie. They were placed in the hands of Mrs. W. A. Neal, a sister of Dr. Harris, for the purpose of raising and training the little ones in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In four years Mrs. Neal was summoned home, leaving the little ones orphans the second time. In the meantime, however, their father, Dr. Harris, died and they were then placed by their guardian, Mrs. W. A. Neal, in charge of Mr. Edwin and Mrs. Emma Alexander, she also being a sister of Dr. Harris, where they lived in peace and security, with the best religious training until a few weeks ago, when typhoid fever, that fell destroyer of the human family, visited the family of the Alexanders and claimed for its victim this bright and excellent boy. He indeed was noble, obedient and loving to his aunt, whom he only knew as his mother, and who was a christian mother, and gave him and his sister, who now survives him, good religious instruction, which is so important in the training of children to prepare them for usefulness in their day and generation.

Little Johnnie's body was shipped from Llano to Weimar, where it was buried in the family grave yard at Osage [Osage Cemetery]. The loss of this youth was a severe one to his many relatives and friends. The family had great hopes and expectations in this bright young boy, who bade fair to be of great comfort to his family and relatives, and to the world round him. But God has taken him away to be with those in heaven, with those who loved him here on earth. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they cease from their labors and their works do follow them."

Weimar Mercury, 21 September 1895
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

A new monument has been erected at the grave of Dr. John Harris and son Johnnie.

Weimar Mercury, 14 Mar 1907

Harris, Jonnie Kathlena


DIED, of Congestion, on the 31st day of March, A. D. 1874, at 9:35 P.M., Little Johnnie Kathlena Harris, younger daughter of Jno. R. Harris, Esq. and Mrs. Mary J. Harris. Having budded but to bloom for the (illegible) period of fifteen monhs and twelve days. In her infantile beauty and innocence little Jonnie bid fair to (missing and illegible) of her sex, posse(missing)nent organism charac(missing)ch a result. [Place of interment unknown]

Farwell! ‘tis hard to give thee up, yet we can submit to the decrees of fate, resting assured

“When her body fell asleep,
Her soul took its flight,
Through the portals of Heaven
To realms of delight.” A FRIEND

Colorado Citizen, April 16, 1874

Harris, Manuel Burl

Burl Harris Rites Feb. 13, Burial In Rock Island
By Mrs. M. I. Nicewander

Rock Island--Burl Harris, who was born in Sheridan Nov. 14, 1900, died last week [Feb 12]. Funeral services were held Feb. 13 in the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake and burial was in Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island.

Mr. Harris had been a resident of Rock Island for the past 25 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Wilson; a daughter, Eleanor Williamson of Sheppard; 2 stepsons, William A. and Fred Wilson; 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Rev. Floyd Durham of Houston and Mrs. Selma Burger of Eagle Lake conducted the services.

Colorado County Citizen, February 23, 1967

Harris, Maggie (Howatt)

Mrs. Maggie Harris

The death of Mrs. Maggie Harris, 78, occurred at the residence of Mrs. Belle Seymour Monday, following a long illness. Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at ten o'clock, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt officiating, and the remains laid to rest in the City Cemetery.

Miss Maggie Howatt was born in Galveston of Scotch parents, soon after their arrival in this country. She was reared in this city but left here in her girlhood. She returned here about a year ago in feeble health. She was preceded in death by her husband some three years ago.

Deceased is survived by one son, Archibald of Houston, and three sisters, Mrs. Belle Seymour, Miss Tillie Howatt and Miss Nellie Howatt, to whom the sympathy of our people is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 1932

Harris, Mary Jane

Mrs. Harris, beloved wife of Prof. J. R. Harris of Oakland, died Monday night at the family residence in that city. She was well and favorably known throughout this section, having resided here for many years. She was a kind hearted, christian [sic] lady, and her death is deeply regretted. We tender sincere condolences to the bereaved family. – Weimar Mercury. [Burial in Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Lavaca County, 5 Feb 1849--7 Jan 1902]

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Jan 1902
Contributed by Matt Cross
[Original article in the 11 Jan 1902 Mercury page 3, is mostly illegible.]

Oakland Items
The relatives and friends of Mrs. M. J. Harris were sadly disappointed last Sunday by the non-appearance of Rev. Bracewell, as he was announced to preach Mrs. Harris' funeral. The church was beautifully decorated for the special service and a good many fro the country vicinity came in Sunday to be present at said services and Sunday night an immense crowd from Hackberry came over to preaching, but no preacher came. Fortunately, the Rev. Q. T. Simpson came down from Weimar Monday and preached that night and as the Rev. Bracewell failed to put in his appearance, Rev. Simpson preached Mrs. Harris' funeral by special request. The singing rendered by the choir, and Mrs. W. C Bouldin as organist was excellent and very appropriate for the occasion. The many friends of Rev. Simpson were very glad to have him with them again, and his preaching was highly enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Mrs. Gertrude Payne and little daughter, Miss Susie, after spending a week with relatives here, returned home Tuesday. She came to be present at the memorial services of her mother, Mrs. Harris.

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1902
Note: This newspaper date was double-checked. Is this the same person as in the previous article?

 Harris, Mary R. (Nash)

ENTERED into rest from the residence of her husband at Osage, Colorado County, April 21st, 1881, MRS. MARY N., the beloved wife of John B Harris, M. D. Mrs. Harris was born in Elizabeth City, N. C. removed to this State, married and settled at Osage, where as a wife and mother, Christian, friend and neighbor, the sterling qualities of her mind and heart displayed themselves in all the walks of life. A devout member of the Episcopal Church, she endeavored, with all her powers, to advance her dear Redeemer's kingdom, beloved by the entire community in which she dwelt. Her remains were deposited in the Cemetery [Osage Cemetery] by loving hands and mourning hearts to await the general resurrection. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." "Be ye also ready, for at such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

+Elizabeth City (N.C.) papers please copy. H.

It is with real sadness and sorrow that we chronicle the death of Mrs. M. Harris, consort of Dr. John Harris, of Osage. She was buried on last Friday at the grave yard in Osage. She was a good, loving and kind wife and devoted mother; she leaves a husband and two little children to mourn her untimely end. All that human power could do was done to save her, but the will of Him who rules us all, designed it otherwise, so she was taken under His care and attention where sorrow and pain are unknown. She was all that man could wish of woman, and in her loss her husband lost his best friend, her little children their comfort and adviser, and her friends her kindness and cheerful smiles.

"There is one golden link missing, One gap that cannot be filled."

Colorado Citizen, 28 April 1881
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Harris, Reddin H. “Red”

While it was not unexpected, still when the news of the death of Mr. R. H. (“Red”) Harris was received here Thursday morning, it proved a painful shock to his numerous friends throughout this section, where he had lived for many years, and where he was deservedly popular, his many kindly traits of character having endeared him to all our people. He died Wednesday night shortly after 11 o’clock, at Lampassas[sic], where he had gone several weeks previous in the hopes of being restored to health. He was a victim of a complaint similar to cancer of the stomach, and many believe that this really was the complaint that killed him. “Red” was one of nature’s noblemen. Of quiet, unassuming disposition, brave as a lion, yet as gentle as a child, with a kind word for all and ever ready to extend a helping hand to those in need of same, none knew him but to praise him. He was an invalid for many weeks previous to his death but retained his cheerful disposition to the last, and often expressed the hope and expectancy of coming back to Weimar sound and well. His remains, we understand, were laid to rest by the side of his mother in Lampasas. His many friends throughout this section drop the tear of sympathy in memory of this grand, good man and citizen.

Weimar Mercury, July 19, 1902, page 2


Weimar, Tex., Aug. 10, 1902.
Memorial Resolutions, Declaratory of the Death of Mr. R. H. Harris.

Died, at Lampasas, Texas, July 16, 1902, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Sallie Burford Simmons, after a painful and tedious illness, Mr. R. H. Harris, in the 42nd year of his age. He was born at Columbus, Texas, January 13, 1861; consequently at his death he was 41 years, 6 months and 3 days old.

Mr. Harris was a member for many years of the Methodist Episcopal church south, and secretary of the Sabbath school of the Weimar church, punctual and prompt in the discharge of his duties as such, always on duty, until his health failed him, which forced him to retire.

Resolved, that we as officers, teachers, and members of this Sabbath school, deeply lament the death of Bro. Harris in the midst of his usefulness, so early in life, when his services were so much needed in the work In which he was engaged.

Resolved, that we tender the children of the Sabbath school our hearts felt sympathy and condolence in the loss of their beloved secretary, and point them to a higher plane in their Sabbath day services In the house appointed and set apart to the service of the Master.

Resolved, that as there comes to us the thought of lives cut short in the midst of usefulness, let as heed for ourselves the lesson that is taught. If life be so short, and death so sure, how can we be careless of the lives we live, or of the deaths we die? Life is the time to labor; the night comes all too soon, when labor must cease. So shall our histories be written in colors glowing as the flowers we spread upon our brother's, grave, and our memories be fresh and fragrant as the perfumes they shed today,

"So live that when thy summons comes to join,
The Innumerable caravan that moves
To these mysterious realms, where each must take,
His chamber in the silent hall's of death,
Thou go, not like the quarry slave at night,
Scourged to the dungeon; but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach the. grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

Resolved further, that a copy of these resolutions signed by the superintendent and the secretary, be sent to the mother of the deceased, and a copy furnished the Weimar Mercury for publication.

Respectfully submitted:
W. T. McLeary, )
Hallie E. McCormick, )
Ethel VanAlstyne, ) Committee
W. S. Shaver, )
D. L. Armstrong )

Weimar Mercury, August 16, 1902, page 5

Harris, Robert Tait

Robert Tait, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe. P. Harris, died very suddenly last Sunday, of congestion, and was interred [Columbus Odd Fellows Rest] Monday, the school of Captain and Mrs. Oakes paying a tribute of respect to the memory of their departed comrade. Tait was a very intelligent boy, of genial, kindly disposition, and gave great promise. He was about eleven years of age. To the bereaved parents, we tender our sincere condolence.

Colorado Citizen, September 23, 1880

Harris, Sarah (Mrs. Hattie)

Weimar Local Matters

The remains of Mrs. Hattie Harris were interred last Tuesday at the old burying ground, Osage.

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Mrs. Mary York, accompanied by her son Hatch, and daughter, Miss Katy, left Saturday for Eagle Lake, being called by telegram, which announced the severe illness of Mrs. Hattie Harris, whom we understand died Monday last.

(Eagle Lake Section)

We regret to have to record the death of Mrs. Hallie Harris, a most estimable lady, who lived about ten miles below here on Battle place. She died last Sunday night after a short illness, and was carried to Weimar Monday night to be interred in the family burial ground. Our sympathies are extended the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, 12 December 1888
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Harris, Solomon

Post Special; Eagle Lake, Texas, November 28. A difficulty occurred this evening at Frazar’s store, about seven miles below town, between John Craft, a white farmer living on Frazar’s place, and Solomon Harris, a negro who lived on an adjoining plantation, in which Harris was shot and instantly killed. Immediately after the killing Mr. Craft sought Constable Mark Caillison, and surrendered. It is impossible to get full particulars this evening. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 1 1894, page 2

Harris, T. H “Hattie”

From his brother-in-law, Mr. Hatch York, THE MERCURY learns that Mr. “Hattie” Harris of Eagle Lake was struck by the east-bound passenger train Sunday evening, and injured so severely that he died Monday night. From what THE MERCURY can learn the train employes were to blame, as it is claimed the train came in ahead of time at a high speed, did not whistle and did not ring a bell. Mr. Harris leaves an aged and helpless mother and three little daughters, to whom our deepest sympathy is extended. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1894

Harris, W. C.

Eagle Lake Items

We regret very much to have to chronicle the death of Mr. W. C. Harris, who died last Tuesday evening at the Battle place, about ten miles below here. Mr. Harris was a young man of excellent character, and his death is greatly regretted by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and three little children. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 29, 1888, page 3

Harris, William Hardy

Weimar Local Matters

W. H. Harris, after lingering and suffering several weeks, died last Sunday evening at his home near Osage, and was buried at the Osage graveyard Tuesday morning by the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a member. Mr. Harris was raised in this county, was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church. He leaves a young wife and several children and two brothers, to mourn the loss of a husband, father and brother. We presume a proper obituary will shortly be written.

Colorado Citizen, November 29, 1888
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

[A resolution of respect from the Osage Lodge, No. 301, A. F. & A. M. appeared in the Colorado Citizen on December 27, 1888.]

Weimar, Tex., Nov. 25.—Mr. Hardy Harris, living about seven miles northeast of this city, died yesterday evening at 5 o'clock at his residence of typhoid fever.

Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1888, page 2

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