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Drew Frank Harrison (1880 - )

Conway & Union Co., Arkansas

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DREW FRANK HARRISON, a restaurant proprietor of El Dorado, was born in Hillsboro, Union county, Arkansas, February 7, 1880. His father, C. F. HARRISON, who died in 1918, was one of the pioneer settlers of the city of Cleveland, Arkansas, and contributed to the early devlopment and progress of the state. He came of a family distinctively American in its lineal and collateral branches through several generations. Throughout the greater part of his life he followed the occupation of farming, though for a short time he was engaged in commercial pursuits. He had two brothers who served throughout the entire period of the Civil war, also another brother who was killed while fighting on the front. C. F. HARRISON was united to marriage to Miss LAURA SANDERS, who departed this life in 1913. she was born and reared in Union county, Arkansas, where her father had settled in pioneer times. She also belonged to one of the old American families, her ancestors having lived on this continent for an extended period.

Drew F. Harrison was educated in the country schools of Union county and in early youth worked in different positions, being employed in various ways until 1912. With an accumulated capital of two hundred and fifty dollars, saved from his earnings, he then started a restaurant in a small way. In the succeeding years he has built up a business which represents an investment of twenty thousand dollars and of which he is the sole owner. He has ever maintained high standards in the service given to the public, and his restaurant is a popular establishment, a traveler or a fellow townsman being always assured of a good meal if he visits the Harrison place of business. In addition to the conduct of his restaurant Mr. harrison owns a cotton gin in Upland, Arkansas, and has one hundred and sixty acres of land near there, his tract being situated only a short distance from the oil fields, with possibilities that oil may also underlie his place. He is likewise a stockholder in the El Dorado Natural Gas Company.

On the 24th of September, 1904, Mr. Harrison was united in marriage to Miss CARRIE THOMPSON of El Dorado, who was born and reared near Waldo, Arkansas, and belongs to an old family from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have become the parents of two sons and a daughter, but the daughter, MABEL, died in 1912, at the age of five years. The two sons are: ASBERRY COLUMBUS, now sixteen years of age; and DREW FRANK, JR. a lad of six.

Mr. Harrison belongs to El Dorado Lodge No. 13, A. F. & A. M., also to the Eastern Star and to Columbia Camp of the Modern Woodmen. The religious faith of Mr.and Mrs. Harrison is that of the Baptist church, and their interest centers in those channels through which flow the greatest good to the greatest number. Mr. Harrison gives his political allegience to the democratic party and is interested in everything that pertains to the welfare and progress of his community, his cooperation being a tangible asset in the work for public improvement.

Copied from CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ARKANSAS, VOLUME II published in 1922 by the S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago-Little Rock. Pages 323-4.

Submitted by Charlotte Broze.

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