William Decker Harris (1924 - 1991)



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Canaan, Somerset County, Maine


Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine

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Tobey Cemetery,
Canaan, Somerset County, ME


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Father: Harvey K. Harris
Mother: Mildred C. Decker

Wife: Lorraine W. Laney
Children with Lorraine: Susan A. Harris


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1924 - In the year that William Decker Harris was born, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

1928 - This person was merely 4 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

1943 - By the time this person was 19 years old, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

1956 - William was 32 years old when this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

1991 - In the year of William Decker Harris's passing, on January 16th, Allied forces began the first phase of Operation Desert Storm. Saddam Hussein's forces had previously invaded the sovereign state of Kuwait and the focus of the operation was to remove his Iraqi troops from Kuwait. On February 24th, the ground war began. Within 100 hours, American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated.

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Had a relationship with Lorraine W. Laney with children: Susan A. Harris

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William Decker Harris, parent to 1 child, died on June 6, 1991 in Augusta, Maine at 67 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. William was buried in Tobey Cemetery, Canaan, ME. William was born on May 10, 1924 in Canaan, Maine. William was born to Harvey K. Harris and Mildred C. Decker, and we currently have no other siblings in their family tree. William married Lorraine W. Laney. and they gave birth to Susan A. Harris.


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