Biography of Joseph Harris
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Harris, Joseph, of the firm of J. Harris & Sons, composed of Joseph, Marcus, and H. T. Harris. J. Harris came to Hornellsville in 1869. He is a native of Krakau, Austria, and came to this country in 1852 when thirty one years of age. He was first located in New Orleans, from there going to Corning, N. Y., where he, together with B. Erlich, established a dry goods store under the firm name of Harris & Erlich, and in 1868 they removed to Elmira in the same business. In 1869 the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Harris coming to Hornellsville and establishing a store at the location now occupied by F. B. Alley for cafe. The business was continued at this location until February, 1890, when it was moved to the brick and brown stone block on the south side of Main street, which was built specially for the firm's occupancy, and which is at present the largest and finest store building in the city. In 1858 Joseph Harris was married to Eliza Erlich, by whom he had nine children. On the other two members of the firm the management of the business now largely devolves. Both are members of Fraternal Societies. Mr. H. P. Harris being present master of Evening Star Lodge No. 44 F. & A. M., one of the oldest in the State.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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