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The Western Star, August 30, 1918.


Burge Harris, who was well known to many Comanche-co. people, died at his home in Alva, Okla., on last Friday, August 23, 1918, after an illness of only a few days. Less than a week before his death he was, apparently, in his usual good health. On Sunday he was taken sick with what the attending physician pronounced gastritis. Every possible attention was given him, yet he grew worse and death came at 4:30 o'clock on Friday afternoon. The body was brought to this city and burial was made in the city cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church and were in charge of Rev. Chas. S. Hunt, pastor of the Friends church in Alva and formerly pastor of Prairie Vale church (Hadley Chapel) in this county. He spoke from the text, "After death, the judgment." His thoughts were practical, appropriate and comforting. A large number of the former neighbors and acquaintances of the deceased were present at the funeral.

Burge S. Harris was born in Quakerstown, Morrow-co., Ohio, on January 31, 1880. His age at the time of this death was therefore, 38 years, 6 months and 23 days. He was the youngest of three children. One sister, Tennie, died several years ago. One brother, Mont Harris, survives and is now a resident of Pratt county. His mother, Mrs. John Q. Williams, also survives him and lives in or near Pratt. Burge's father died 32 years ago. Deceased was thus left without the instruction and help of a father and early life was thrown upon his own resources, with what aid and encouragement his devoted mother could give. On November 4, 1900, Mr. Harris was united in marriage with Miss Kate P. Darroch. To this union four children were born, three sons and a daughter, Victor N., Pauline C., Roy E., and Joe DeMont. For several years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Harris lived in this county, then moved to Pratt and later to Kansas City, where they lived for several years, Mr. Harris devoting his time to railroading. In March, 1917, the family moved to Alva, Okla., where Mr. Harris engaged in the automobile and garage business, continuing therein up to the time of his death. In his business relations he was always trustworthy and courteous, winning friends wherever he went. As a husband and father he was devoted and thoughtful, always manifesting a willingness to do everything possible for the happiness and welfare of his loved ones. It may not be easy to understand just why, in the prime of life he was called from his family and friends, but "God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts." The bereaved family can only submit to His will, and, putting their trust in Him, accept His promises of help and strength in every time of need. They, together with the brother and aged mother, have the sustaining sympathy of many friends in this county.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!

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