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Posted: 24 Nov 2008 3:24AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Harris,Clark,Mayo
WILL A. HARRIS. Few men in Texas are better known in fraternal circles than is Will A. Harris, for some time past Head Banker of the Woodmen of the World and editor of the Woodmen Journal. He is a native of the state and a live and energetic citizen wherever he finds himself. Mr. Harris was born at Point, Rains county,TEXAS in 1880 and is a son of J. M. and Mary Eudora (Clark) Harris, both of whom are now living on the Harris farm adjacent to the town of Point. J. M. Harris was born in 1854 in Williamston county, Texas, and in 1888 came with his father, John L. Harris, to Rains county. Texas, settling in the vicinity of the farm above mentioned. John L. Harris, grandsire of the subject, served with valor and distinction in both the Mexican and Civil wars, and was a man of prominence in his time and place. The mother of Will A. Harris, should be said, is a native daughter of Rains county. Mr. Harris was reared on the home farm and had his education in the local schools. He continued to live a' Point until 1912, when he removed to Dallas,Texas and this city has since been his home. On coming here Mr. Harris took charge of the Woodmen Journal, a weekly publication, of which he is editor and publisher, the Journal being the official organ of the Woodmen of the World for the Texas jurisdiction, embracing Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. He is also head banker of the order for this jurisdiction. Mr. Harris has bees connected with the order in one capacity or another since 1902, and his life in the work of the society has been constant. He has demonstrated those rare qualities of brotherhood and fraternity that have gained him his place in the order, and have brought him so great a popularity with its members, who one and all accord to him a hearty and sincere friendship.
Mr. Harris is a member of the Presbyterian church
and his fraternal affiliations are with the Woodmen
of the World, the Modern Woodmen, the Woodmen
Circle and the Homesteaders. Politically Mr. Harris
has been somewhat active and is one who may yet be
reckoned with by opposing forces in the field of politics
if the signs of the times are Being read aright. In
1912 he was a candidate for nomination for the office
of Congressman-at-large from Texas, and the Port
Worth Record, under date of November, 1913, had
to say of him the following: "Will A. Harris, head
banker of the Woodmen of the World for the jurisdiction
of Texas and editor of the Woodmen Journal, attended
the Saddle and Sirloin Club banquet to visiting
newspaper men. Mr. Harris made a race for Congressman-
at-large in 1912, becoming known as the 'motorcycle
candidate' because he used one of the machines
in going about the country campaigning for votes. He
was born on a farm and hustled his way to the editorship
of the Journal. He may become a ' motorcycle
candidate' again next year."
Mr. Harris is recognized as a self-made man, capable
and rising, and one whose character is exemplary in
its every phase. He was married in 1902 to Miss Maud
A. Mayo, born in Hunt county, Texas this state, and she died
in 1907, after four and a half years of married life.
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