Biography of John Harris
Benton County, Oregon Biographies





JOHN HARRIS-In the gentleman whose name heads this brief memoir, we have a leading and worthy citizen of Benton county. He is one of the men whose success in life has been mainly achieved in the county in which he now lives, by the exercise of economy, industry and business integrity, guided by intelligent financial ability; he is now in good circumstances, and twenty five years ago was a poor man. What he has, came gradually through those years as the result of correct business calculations and not by chance of the favorable turn of fortune's wheel. Mr. Harris was born in October, 1827; was married March 12, 1848, to Jane Buchanan, in St. John's church Liverpool. On April 16, 185o, he sailed from Liverpool for California, arriving in San Francisco November sixteenth, following-proceeding direct to Hangtown (now Placerville) and embarked in mining which he followed in the different mining camps until June, 1852, when he concluded to engage in agricultural pursuits and selected Oregon for his future home, coming direct to Benton county in the above month and year. A short time after his arrival he purchased three hundred acres, a part of his present farm, it being the donation claim of Mr. Wm. Bragg, to which he has since added by purchase some three hundred acres more located eight miles southwest of Corvallis, where in 1875 he built his present beautiful residence where he now lives enjoying the comforts that attend a well spent and industrious life. Mrs. Harris left Liverpool for Oregon in October, 1852, and arrived at her present home January 26, 1853, having made the trip alone to join her husband in his new home. Their family consists of one daughter, Mary J., a young lady of more than ordinary intelligence and one who has been educated not to look upon life as the idle drones upon the honey stored for them by the working bees in the hive, but as a period blocked out of time in which she is to accomplish something by her own acts that will not be a discredit to herself (and her native State). To Mr. Harris and men of his kind, Benton county and Oregon owes its present prosperity and future success.

From:
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885


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