J. M. Harrison, filling the office of postmaster at Prairie Grove, is a representative of one of the old and honored pioneer familes of Washington county. From an early period in the development of this section of the state representatives of the name have been found and have been closely associated with agricultural and other business interests leading to the upbuilding of northwestern Arkansas. The grandfather, GREEN L. HARRISON, came by flatboat to Lewisburg, now Morrilton, and then drove across country with ox team to Washington county, where he established his residence. His son, RICHARD P. HARRISON, was born and reared near Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and spent his entire life in this locality, his attention being given to agricultural pursuits. He married MALINDA HOWELL, a native of Tennessee and a daughter of WILEY P. HOWELL, who was an early settler of Arkansas and afterward gave a part of his original claim to his daughter, Mrs. Harrison. He, too, bore his part in the work of pioneer development here. Mrs. Harrison died on the old homestead farm, while RICHARD P. HARRISON died at Eureka springs. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, South and in politics Mr. Harrison was an earnest democrat who twice represented his district in the state legislature and left the impress of his individuality upon the laws enacted during that period. For four years he served with the Confederate army in the Civil war. To him and his wife were born five children, of whom three are living: MRS. JOHN MOCK, who was born August 10, 1868 and resides in Altus, Oklahoma; T. P. who was born May 6, 1871, and is now county assessor of Washington county, living at Prairie Grove; and J. M. Another child of the family, LILLIE, became the wife of W. R. CAMPBELL, who resided near Prairie Grove, where her death occurred in 1897.
J. M. HARRISON was born near Prairie Grove on the 15th of April, 1878. He obtained his education in the schools of Prairie Grove, spending his youthful days on the home farm to the age of eighteen years, when he turned to mercantile pursuits and was identified with commerical interests in Prairie Grove to the time of his appointment to the office of postmaster, in which he is now serving his second term. He is very prompt and faithful in his duties and has made a most excellent record in office.
On the 16th of May, 1902, Mr HARRISON was married to Miss AUDA E. MORRIS, who was born and reared at Canehill, Arkansas. They were the last couple that Dr. HARRISON WELCH ever married. Mrs. Harrison is a daughter of LARKIN M. and ELBA (EDMISTON) MORRIS, natives of Georgia and of Washington county, where Mr. Morris followed shoemaking. Mr. and Mrs. MORRIS had three children, two of whom survive: FRANK, who is manager for the office of the Arbucke Coffee Company at El Paso, Texas; and Mrs. Harrison. Both Mr. and Mrs. Morris were members of the Presbyterian church and Mr. Morris belonged to the Masonic fraternity, loyally following the teachings and purposes of the craft. His political allegiance was given to the democratic party. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison have become parents of two daughters and a son: LILLIAN, who is now attending college at Chickasha, Oklahoma; GRACE, who is a high school pupil; and MORRIS, who is in his last year of the grammar school grades. The family is highly esteemed, warm-hearted hospitality being extended to them throughout the community in which they make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Harrison are faithful followers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and his membership relations also extend to the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. He is past chancellor in the former organization and has also filled all of the chairs in the Woodmen camp. His political allegiance has always been given to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and he received his appointment to his present office under the administration of President Wilson. He is proving a most capable official, loyal in every way to the duties reposed in him, and he has won not only commendation for his faithfulness and capability in office but also has gained the high respect of all with whom social, business or official relations have brought him into contact.
Submitted by Charlotte Broze.
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