Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USAAdd to Map
Mother Irene Anderson (no grave site)
*Note due to the length of the obit, it has been condensed because of space)
The death of Jared M Harris removed one of the founders of Ritzville. He broke the first furrow in the Ritzville neighborhood, built the first house and pioneered in the development of this community. Crossing the plains by wagon in 1877, the family came to Walla Walla. Phillip Ritz then had extensive landing holding in this vicinity, which was a portion of Whitman County. Mr. Ritz interested Mr. Harris in this country and in 1878 he came to build a house or shack on Mr. Ritz's land.--the families J. G. Bennett established their homestead which later was known as Woodland Heights. The William McKay family also came. These were the feeble beginning of Ritzville. The trading place was Walla Wall and twice a year Mr. Harris made the long trip by wagon over the Mullan Trail to Walla Walla and it wasn't until 1880 that Mr. Harris' family joined him from Walla Walla.
The life of Mr. Harris covers a great span of our country's history. He was a veteran of the Civil War carrying the laurels of almost four years of service and in addition, he was a pioneer in the conquest of the West. Jared M. Harris was born November 21, 1842 in Alleghany County, New York, the son of Anthony and Irene (Anderson) Harris. His father was a Pennsylvanian and a farmer there. His mother was a native of the same state and her father served in the war of 1812. Jared M. was reared principally in the state of Illinois and Wisconsin where his family had moved, and he was educated in the district schools.
With the early call for troops at the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Harris enlisted with Co. A. 3rd Wisconsin Volunteers and served with the company for three and a half years. In the fall of 1861, he was shot through the hand in the battle of Boliver Chancellorsville, Lookout Mountain. After the war, he returned to his father's farm in Wisconsin. In 1865 he moved to Autogama(?) county, same state and four years later he emigrated to South Dakota where he lived eight years, proving upon on a homestead. It was here that he and the Bennetts, the Kellers and Mckays all came from Canton, South Dakota over the Oregon Trail in 1877.
J. M Harried was married June 25, 1865, while still a resident of Wisconsin, to Augusta M. York, a native of Wisconsin and daughter of Frank and Eliz D. (Cottrell) York. She has been a worthy helpmate for Mr. Harris all through the years. They recently passed their 58th wedding anniversary. Six children were born to them, all of whom survive. They are: Jesse R. Harris; Nora, wife of J. S. Edwards, postmaster; Laura, Mrs. J. N. Comparet, Claude A Harris, all of Ritzville; Nettie, Mrs. D. W. Pettijohn of Seattle and Clifford Harris of San Diego.
Mr. Harris was a member of the Maccabees, was a charter member of the K. of P. lodge and was a faithful member of the W. B. Hazen post of the G. A. R. he has been its commander for many terms and served in other official capacities. He was a Republican in politics though not an active partisan. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 at the Methodist church and will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Koontz, a former pastor. The American Legion and Woman's Relief Corps will assist. The burial will be in the local cemetery.
The Journal-Times July 19, 1923 Courtesy of Sue Gardner & gapwork90