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Charles B. Harris

Farming & land Owner





      Charles B. Harris, a well known resident of Manchester, is devoting his attention and energy to looking after his invested interests, as he owns considerable farming land in the Dakotas. He was born near Aurora, Illinois, August 11, 1862, a son of Charles and Betsey (Sheldon) Harris, who were natives of New York state and at an early date in the history of Illinois settled near Aurora. They took up land and remained there, carrying on farming until 1866, when they removed to Delaware county, Iowa, and settled in Delaware township in what is now the northeast portion of the city of Manchester. The father purchased a small farm, consisting of thirty-three and three-fourths acres, which he cultivated intensively until his death in 1867. His widow survived him for many years, dying in 1905. To them were born seven children: George, who died in 1867; Herbert O., who is living at Great Falls, Montana; Sherman L., a resident of Manchester; Clarence, who lives in Iowa; Charles B.; Clara V., who is the widow of Irvin A. McGee and lives in Manchester; and Hugh, who died when one year old.
     Charles B. Harris received his education in the public schools of Manchester and since reaching mature years has devoted his time to farming and to managing his land. He owns a beautiful residence in Manchester, which he erected on the land owned by his father, and is identified with all progressive movements in the city. He has a large tract of land in the Dakotas and, as he gives a great deal of thought and care to its operation, he receives there from a good annual income.
    Mr. Harris was married on the 16th of August, 1905, to Miss Eva D. Severance, a daughter of Seth and Ellen (Steele) Severance, of Manchester. Her father is deceased and her mother lives in Frederick, South Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Harris are the parents of the following children: Betsy Ellen, Burdette S., George S. and Caroline W. Mr. Harris is a member of the Woodmen and is popular in social circles in Manchester, his pleasing personality and genuine worth gaining him many loyal friends.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 268-271. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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