Biography of Sydney Harris
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Sydney Harris, who owns three hundred and twenty acres of good land in Verona township, is living retired in a beautiful home at No. 620 West Eleventh street, Hastings, Nebraska. He came to this county when it was still but sparsely settled and is entitled to credit as one of the pioneers who aided in its development from a frontier district to the prosperous agricultural section that it is today. A native of England, he was born in Trowbridge on the 22d of February, 1840, of the marriage of James and Eliza (Webb) Harris. The father engaged in the practice of law at Trowbridge and also held the office of register of births and deaths.

Sydney Harris received his education in his native town and resided there until 1873, when with his family he emigrated to the United States, locating in Juniata, Adams county, Nebraska, in May. Not long after his arrival in this county he took up a homestead in Verona township, on which he resided for a number of years, although he subsequently removed to another farm which he purchased and on which he lived until he retired from active life and came to Hastings. He still owns the southeast quarter of section 10, range 8, township 11, and the southwest quarter of section 11. His land is in a high state of development and yields him a good financial return. When he passed through Hastings in 1873 there was only the railway station, the postoffice and two or three little one story shacks, and as the years have passed he has watched with interest the growth of the little village into a prosperous and up to date city. Sixteen years ago Mr. Harris lost the sight of an eye through the bursting of a gun and ten years later his daughter Florence, who is a graduate nurse, removed from the eyebrow a steel sliver similar to a needle point which had penetrated the skull. A number of years after the first accident Mr. Harris was struck by a barn door on the other side of his face and this resulted in his losing the sight of the left eye for nine months. He was totally blind during that period and because of other injuries sustained had to be propped up in bed and fed with a spoon. He has since recovered and has regained the sight of the left eye, although that of the right is irretrievably lost.

Mr. Harris was married in Trowbridge, England, to Alice Maud Williams Frawley, a daughter of John Guy and Mary (Williams) Frawley, the former a contractor and builder. Mrs. Harris was born in Trowbridge on the 31st of December, 1846, and passed away in Hastings, Nebraska, on the 23d of December, 1915. To Mr. and Mrs. Harris were born ten children, as follows: Wilfred Henry Sydney Frawley, whose birth occurred on the 24th of October, 1867, is residing in Hastings. Maud Evelyn Mary, born on the 17th of January, 1869, is the wife of William Garries, a minister stationed at Fall City, Nebraska. Frank Reginald Guy, born on the 3d of April, 1871, is farming the homestead in Verona township. May Alice, whose birth occurred on the 24th of February, 1873, is residing at home and is a practical nurse by occupation. Arthur Dudley, whose birth occurred on the 15th of October, 1875, is an expert accountant of Lincoln, Nebraska. He married Miss Bertha Shoals. Herbert Stanley, born on the 18th of May, 1878, is now principal of schools at Adams, this state. Florence Emeline, who was born on the 18th of December, 1880, is a graduate nurse and is residing at home. Edith Elsie, who was born on the 5th of March, 1883, is the wife of Raymond Bailey, of Concordia, Kansas. An infant unnamed died in 1885 when six weeks old. Eva Maria, whose birth occurred on the 6th of July, 1887, is keeping house for her brother Frank on the home farm.

Mr. Harris is independent in politics and has never been an office seeker. He is not identified with any fraternal order, preferring to spend his leisure time with his family. Although he does not hold membership in any church, he is a consistent Christian and his faith is attested by the uprightness of his daily life and his consideration for the rights of others. He has a wide acquaintance not only in Hastings but throughout the county, and his personal friends are many.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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