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Giles P. Harris Expires Sunday, Resident of Valley for 53 years; Funeral to be held Wednesday. Giles P. Harris, age 60, who has been a resident of the Kittitas valley for 53 years died at the Ellensburg General hospital Sunday evening.

Mr. Harris was born in Gilestown, Iowa, March 10, 1871. When he was small, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Harris, moved to California and about two years later moved to Oregon where they remained until they moved to Ellensburg in 1878. His father took the homestead on what is now known as the George Snodgrass place. In his …Mr. Harris farmed and operated a horse press hay bailer. He married Lottie Ferguson November 7, 1895. Mr. Harris had worked as a carpenter for John Moon and George Jones for [?] of years.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. E. G. Werner of Seattle, and Mrs. Lola Pederson of Ellensburg. There are six brothers, John, Jim, and Paul of California, Charles of Idaho, Hubert of Seattle, and Robert of Ellensburg, and two sisters, Mrs. Clem See of Nevada and Mrs. Lilly Campbell of Canada. There is also one grandson, Harold [?].

Funeral services will be held from the Honeycutt chapel at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, and interment will be at the Odd Fellow cemetery.


The obit was on the binding portion of the newspapers so some words could not be read indicated [?]. Giles’ mother was Susan Beardon. Both his father and mother were born in TN. I thought it was odd that Giles and Lottie were buried way across the cemetery from each other. His marker was a cement stone provided by the cemetery. Giles died August 16, 1931.

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