Rev William Willett Harsha

Rev William Willett Harsha

Birth
West Hebron, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 4 Jun 1900 (aged 78–79)
Webster Groves, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 154960478 · View Source
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Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, IL., Sat. Jun 9, 1900, pg. 11.
DIXON
Word has been received by Edward T. Smith, son of the late Prof. E. C. Smith, that his uncle, Rev. W. W. Harsha of Omaha, had been killed at Webster Grove, Mo., by a Missouri Pacific railroad train. Rev. Harsha is well remembered by many throughout Illinois. He was the first pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city, organized in 1853. Under his pastorate in 1855 their first church edifice was erected, at a cost of about 15,000, and he remained here until he entered the United States service as an army chaplain. Mr. Harsha's remains will be brought to Dixon and interred in the family lot at Oakwood cemetery, beside his wife and children.
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William Harsha received his education at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He studied law, but after entering the profession changed to the ministry. He joined the Old School in 1854 and began his ministerial duties in 1856. His pastoral duties were in Galena, Hanover, Savanna, Dixon, Chicago, and Jacksonville. In 1855 in Dixon, IL., Dr. Harsha founded Presbyterian Institute, known as Dixon Collegiate Institute. His duties in Jacksonville began in 1869.
Doctorate in Divinity from Fulton College in Missouri in 1872.
Source: Jacksonville Daily Journal, July 6, 1920.
Thank you to P.Meado who contributed this information.


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  • Created by: Elsie Harmon
  • Added: 13 Nov 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 154960478
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Willett Harsha (1821–4 Jun 1900), Find a Grave Memorial no. 154960478, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Elsie Harmon (contributor 47030676) .