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 John P Harrison

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John P Harrison

  • Birth 4 Mar 1865 Saint James, Phelps County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 19 Jun 1942 Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 53271247

John P Harrison was born in Saint James, Phelps County, Missouri to parents John Milton Harrison and Mary Jane Coppedge Harrison. John grew up as a farm boy. He was born during the final year of the Civil War. His father, John Milton Harrison, was a Union Veteran of the Civil War. He married Susannah "Susan" Allen in about 1894 in Phelps County, Missouri. They raised 6 daughters: Gladys, Ama, Alma, Hilda, Lona, and Josephine; and 2 sons David Essick and Marvin Milton Harrison. (One daughter, Ama, died at age 4 in a fire). John P. made his life-long career with the "Frisco" railroad in Missouri. This railroad originally bore the name of the Atlantic & Pacific line, then became known as the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company or "Frisco". John was an Engineer and Fireman for the railroad, and eventually retired in the capacity of Watchman. He belonged to the union Brotherhood of Linemen, Firemen, & Engineers (B of L F & E). John began his career with the railroad in 1892 at age 25, and retired in 1935 at age 70. John's wife Susan passed away before him, in 1933.

John P Harrison kept a brief diary journal in which he recorded the important events of his life, as well as tidbits of useful information.
One entry in his journal reads as follows: "This is my request, to whom it may concern: at past the age of 70, at my death please don't bury me in DeSoto. I don't care to be buried there- just any place else that is most convenient. And, please just bury me in a blue suit of over-clothes like I wore to make a living for my family. Don't let the funeral cost over $100, as that is enough to bury me when times is so hard as ever". He later added a postcript with this entry: " PS- I prefer to be cremated. That will cost $50 more. Don't care what is done with the ashes".

As was his final wish, John was cremated. Funeral and cremation arrangements were handled by McLaughlin Funeral Home at 2301 Lafayette Ave in St Louis, MO. The cremation was done at the old Missouri Crematory on Sublette near Arsenal Street in St Louis (Now Hillcrest Abbey Crematory). It has been confirmed that his ashes had been interred at the adjacent Missouri Crematory Columbarium Mausoleum (now part of the grounds of Vallhala Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park and Columbarium) across from the State Hospital in St Louis.



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  • Created by: genie-in-az
  • Added: 5 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53271247
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John P Harrison (4 Mar 1865–19 Jun 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53271247, citing Hillcrest Abbey Crematory and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by genie-in-az (contributor 46847723) .