Biography of Harrison W. Deenis
North Central Ohio Biographies

Harrison W. Deenis is well and favorably known in Knox County as the engineer in charge of the Knox County Home at Bangs. He was born in Licking County, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1873, the son of William and Eliza (Murdock) Deenis.

William Deenis was born at Newark, Ohio, in 1839, and died there Feb. 2, 1920. His wife was born at Greensburg, Wayne County, Pa., and died in 1878 at the age of 38 years. Both are buried at Newark. William Deenis was a baker by trade and engaged in business at Newark with his father, Harrison G. Deenis, who was a native of France, having come to the United States about 1826. The latter came to the United States with his brothers, George W. and Henry Deenis, both of whom served throughout the Civil War. The maternal great grandfather of H. W. Deenis, General Daniel Morgan, served throughout the Revolutionary War.

To William and Eliza (Murdock) Deenis were born three sons: liarrison W., the subject of this sketch; William, lives in Knox County; and Oren, lives at Alexander, Ohio.

As a boy H. W. Deenis attended the public schools of Newark, Ohio. In 1910 he entered the employ of the Ohio Light & Power Company as an engineer and electrician in their Mt. Vernon and Newark plants. He spent 18 years with this company, and on Dec. 28, 1928, was appointed engineer at the Knox County Home, located at Bangs, Ohio. He is in complete charge of the heating plant and also spends much time in the management of the 327 acre farm, which is owned by the institution. Before accepting his present position at Bangs, Mr. Deenis served as superintendent of the Knox County Children's Home for a period of five years, and his wife was matron at the home. Because of this experience, Mr. Deenis has proven a valuable assistant to Mr. Colwill in his work at the Bangs institution.

On Dec. 30, 1900, Mr. Deenis was united in marriage with Arla C. (Swartz) Swank, the widow of Frank Swank, daughter of Isaiah and Almyra Swartz of Knox County. By her first marriage Mrs. Deenis had three children: Carl, lives at Mt. Vernon; Francis, lives at Columbus; and Zola, married C. P. Wenger, lives at Mt. Vernon.

Mr. Deenis is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, Fredericktown; Maccabees, Mt. Vernon; and Clinton Grange.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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