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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Charles HARRIS which was taken at the Brown Studio in Webster City, IA. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1890's with Charles likely in his 20's at the time it was taken. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding Charles and his family:

Charles A. HARRIS was b. 1867 in New York to parents Charles H. HARRIS (b. 20 Feb 1835 in Paterson, NJ) and Helen Maria JOHNSON (b. 22 Mar 1845 in Lansing, MI). Charles was one of 8 children born to this couple including, Charles A.; Ida L.; Walter C.; Finley L.; George H.; Clara; Ilo Claude; and Edward Lawrence HARRIS, all born between 1868 and 1890. Charles d. 1939 in Bettendorf, IA and is buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Webster City, IA. His obituary indicated that he had one daughter, Mrs. E. C. HANSEN of Fort Dodge, IA; a Sister Mrs. George SPRAGUE of Webster City, IA; and three brothers, George H. HARRIS of Pittsburgh, PA; Edward L. HARRIS of White Fish, MT; and Ilo HARRIS of Webster City, IA. He also had a half-sister, Mrs. Pearlie ABNER of Marshalltown, IA; and a half-brother Roy C. BARBER of Waterloo, IA.

Charles was the Justice of the Peace in Webster for many years and owned and operator a Barbershop there for many years as well. Charles previously lived in Des Moines, IA and Clarion, IA.

Census records provide the following details:

1900 census of Williams, IA: (boarding in the home of Andrew J. and Margaret WRIGHT)

Charles A. HARRIS, age 32, born Aug 1867, born NY, parents born NJ/MI, a Barber

1925 census of Webster City, IA:

Charles A. HARRIS, age 57, a widower
Gladys R. HARRIS, dau, age 22

1930 census of Webster City, IA:

Charles A. HARRIS, age 62, a widower, born NY, parents born NJ/PA, the Justice of the Peace

I am hoping to locate someone from this HARRIS Family so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

in Webster City, Hamilton County, IA United States


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