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Reuben W. Harris


Coffins Grove Township



      Reuben W. Harris, an enterprising young agriculturist of Coffins Grove township, owns a well improved farm of forty acres on section 33 and is busily engaged in its operation. His birth occurred in that township and his entire life has been spent within the borders of Delaware county. He is a son of Frank S. and Augusta (Ward) Harris, of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work.
     Reuben W. Harris attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof until twenty six years of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. Subsequently he operated a rented farm for seven years and on the expiration of that period took up his abode on a forty acre tract on section 33. Coffins Grove township, which he had inherited from his grandfather. He has made a number of substantial improvements on the property and in the cultivation of his land has won well merited success, annually gathering good crops which find a ready sale on the market.
     When twenty six years of age Mr. Harris was united in marriage to Miss Edith Kitch, a native of Buchanan county, Iowa, and a daughter of Alvin and Ida (Brumble) Kitch, who were also born in this state. The father is still living, but the mother passed away on the 24th of March, 1912. They had three children, namely: Mrs. Edith Harris, Leroy and Floyd. To our subject and his wife has been born a daughter, Velma Irene, whose natal day was February 10, 1907.
     Mr. Harris is a republican in his political views and now holds the office of township assessor, ably discharging the duties devolving upon him in that connection. Fraternally he is identified with Lodge No. 587 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has filled all of the chairs, and he also belongs to Camp No. 5442 of the Modern Woodmen of America. Both he and his wife are devoted and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are prominent in the younger social set of the community, being well liked and highly esteemed for their many good qualities of mind and character.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 180-182. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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