Edgar J. Harris, a well known farmer of Poweshiek county, comes of an industrious family, as is indicated by
the prosperity enjoyed by four brothers, all of whom were born in England and sought in America the opportunities
unavailable under conditions existing in the old world. Mr. Harris was born at Dorsetshire, England, August 31,
1872, and is the son of James and Elizabeth. (Slade) Harris, both of whom were born in Dorsetshire. Mr. Harris
spent his entire life in England as a farmer, but the mother came to America in 1890, after the death of her husband,
and is now living with one of her sons in Poweshiek county.
Edgar J. Harris was educated in England and at seventeen years of age crossed the ocean to America with Edwin Dare,
a record of whom appears elsewhere in this work. He came to Poweshiek county and soon found employment at farm
labor. Later he rented the old Williams farm in Chester township, which he cultivated to good advantage for eleven
years and then, in 1898, purchased one hundred and sixty acres, upon which he established his homestead. He also
acquired eighty acres on Bear creek, and is, therefore, the owner of two hundred and forty acres of good Poweshiek
county land which yields each year a handsome revenue. He is a general farmer and stock feeder and the success
he has achieved is the direct result of his industry, energy and wise management.
On the 11th of July, 1900, Mr. Harris was united in marriage to Miss Mary D. Schmidt, a daughter of William Schmidt,
for many years a resident of Poweshiek county and one of its prosperous farmers. Mr. Harris is recognized as a
wide awake, up to date man, and a public spirited citizen, who has contributed his share toward the progress of
the community. His farm has been excellently managed and his home is one of the handsomest residences in the township.
In politics he supports the republican party and, having been reared in the Church of England, he has through life
been faithful to its tenets.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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