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Harris in Alaska 1905-1920

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Harris in Alaska 1905-1920

Posted: 4 Feb 2008 11:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Oct 2008 6:51AM GMT
Surnames: Harris, Moody, Norris, Berry, Handley, Kavaney, Busscher, Morley
My great grandfather, James Madison Harris, his wife Georgia Mattie, and their 7 children (Roma, Ray, Ralph, Reed, Vance, Onita, Mamie), lived in Faribanks and worked mines along various creeks for more than 20 years. Near the end of their time in Alaska, Jim and Mattie ran a roadhouse along the Livengood Trail.

Reed Harris and Ray Harris walked in with their father Jim Harris from Valdez to Fairbanks for the first time when they were 18 and 16. In 1911, Reed Harris made the trip alone by bicycle. Tired of mining, he worked for the post office until 1917 when he returned to California to join the army. He married Daphne Moody, daughter of George Moody who ran dredging operations in Alaska for many years.

Roma Harris married first Jimmy Norris, then Frank Berry, brother of Clarence.
Vance Harris drove for his brother. He broke his leg in a mine shaft one winter and was (sort of) healed by the local doc.

Ralph Harris ran a company with Samuel Handley, hauling people and supplies near Estes Creek. Ralph married Myrtle Kavaney, neice of his partner Samuel Handley. Other members of Myrtle Kavaney's family also lived in Fairbanks and worked the mines or drove stage coaches, wagons, and sleighs for the company: her aunts and their husbands (Flora and Bert Busscher and Nora and George Morley), cousin Homer Handley and brother Oscar Kavaney.

Anymore information about any of them would be most welcome
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summitsandy 4 Feb 2008 6:13PM GMT 
karenkdempsey... 4 Jun 2012 9:36PM GMT 
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