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 Earl Tolton Harris

Earl Tolton Harris

Birth
Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA
Death 9 Oct 1976 (aged 86)
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Burial Oak City, Millard County, Utah, USA
Plot B-3-19
Memorial ID 69129 · View Source
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Earl Tolton Harris grew up in Beaver, Utah. His first few years were in a 2-room log cabin with a dirt floor and a dirt roof. He said it took many pans and buckets to catch the leaks when it rained hard. It was located on 4th North and 3rd or 4th West, the next house west of John and Ann Messer. The log house was razed and a better home later built. Two rooms of the present home (now owned by Vernon Thompson) are of the second that succeeded the log cabin where the Harris children were raised. The family farm was north of town where the freeway drops down into the valley. (I think the freeway took part of it). There was also a homestead on North Creek northeast of town on the sagebrush and cedar flat that can be seen from the freeway. A road east of town to the canyon goes about two miles through what used to be Murdock Academy where Earl had one year of high school. He became the school's fastest mile runner by running to and from school. The road continues up into the canyons where he loved to fish and hunt.

Earl's father, Daniel Duane Harris, became the bread-winner for his mother's family in his early teens when his father and mother divorced. His life was one of constant work and adult responsibility. When Daniel became a father, he expected the same from his boys and there were conflicts with some of the boys. Earl left home as a teenager after a disagreement with his father. He spent many years in the Northwest United States in the sawmills, mines, railroads and ranches. Finally, he came home again where a loving mother rejoiced to have him again and his father made adjustments so he could again be part of the family. His mother was kind, understanding and caring. She had an education and a love for books, for poetry, drama, public speaking and a thirst for knowledge that she passed on to her children.

Across the street to the west, Alice Dean was raised. As a young lady, she got a job teaching school in Oak City, and there became a lifelong friend of Silva Ann Lovell. In the summer, the two young women came to Beaver where Earl took special notice of Alice's pretty friend and he fell in love with her. When she returned to Oak City, he cooked up an excuse to ride his horse up to Delta and Oak City to look for land. He probably made the hundred-mile trip in two days by sleeping on a bedroll at Kanosh or Meadow. It was later said, by a friend, that he didn't find very much land, but he surely found John Lovell's daughter. They became engaged and wrote love letters while they waited for Earl to serve his country in France in World War I. After the family was raised, Silva had died, and Earl was again alone, he bore the following testimony: "I think service is the leavening agent for a person's life. You can serve your fellow mankind and that is the most rewarding thing a person can do - not only temple work, genealogical work, but ordinary service to your neighbor and to mankind in general. If a man is asked to walk a mile and he walks the extra mile, he'll always be rewarded. I bear my testimony to you that I know this is the work of the Lord and that all of our presidents of this Church are prophets, seers and revelators. Christ is an actuality. This I do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Obituary:
EARL T. HARRIS
Oak City, Millard County -- Earl T. Harris, 86, died Oct. 9, 1976, in a Boise, Idaho, hospital. Born Nov. 7, 1889, at Beaver, Utah, to Daniel Duane and Francis Elizabeth Tolton Harris. Married Silva Lovell, July 9, 1919, in the Manti LDS Temple. She died in 1964. Temple worker for 10 years. High Priest in the LDS Church. Survivors: sons and daughters, Grant J., Don T., Spanish Fork; Keith D., Provo; Mrs. Tom (Gene) Kennedy, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Elzo (Diane) Porter, Boise, Idaho; 27 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward Harris, Delta; Lafayette Harris, San Diego, Calif. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 1 p.m., in the Oak City Ward. Friends may call at the Nickle Mortuary, Delta, Monday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., and at the church, Tuesday, one hour prior to services. Burial, Oak City.

EARL HARRIS EULOGIZED
Earl T. Harris, 86, died in a Boise, Idaho hospital October 9, 1976. He was born Nov. 7, 1889, Beaver, Utah, to Daniel Duane and Frances Elizabeth Tolton Harris. Married Silva Lovell, July 9, 1919 in the Manti LDS Temple. She died in 1964. Member LDS church, high priest, temple worker for 10 years. He was a foreman at a CCC Camp, World War I Veteran, and a patrolman at Hill Field AF Base. He was also a carpenter, miner and farmer. He was a bus driver for the Oak City School, foreman at the Sugar Factory and Justice of the Peace in Oak City. Survivors: 3 sons, Grant J., Don T., Spanish Fork; Keith D., Provo; 3 [2] daughters, Mrs. Tom (Gene) Kennedy, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Elzo (Diane) Porter, Boise, Idaho. One daughter, Shirley, preceded him in death. 27 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother, Edward D., Delta; Lafayette, San Diego, Calif. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Oak City Ward Chapel. Interment was in the Oak City Cemetery where the grave was dedicated by Don Harris.


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  • Maintained by: Dan Convery #46800076
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69129
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Tolton Harris (7 Nov 1889–9 Oct 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69129, citing Oak City Cemetery, Oak City, Millard County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Dan Convery #46800076 (contributor 46800076) .