Hattie Hadley <I>Dunbar</I> Harries

Hattie Hadley Dunbar Harries

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 6 Dec 1894 (aged 34)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section A, Plot 60
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Mrs. Harriet Hadley Harries, whose sudden death at her home in St. Paul on Tuesday morning Dec. 6th, was announced in last week's issue, was the fifth daughter of Hon. W. F. Dunbar. She was born in St. Paul the 25th day of September 1860, and at the age of six weeks removed with the family to this place where she lived until six weeks before her death when she returned to the place of her nativity. She graduated with the class of '78 from the Caledonia Academy. In 1882 she was married to Captain W. H. Harries, to whom she has been a most loving and devoted wife. She was the mother of six children, all except one, little Alice, survive her, the youngest being about fourteen months old.

Mrs. Harries was of a quiet retiring disposition, preferring the duties of home life rather than public affairs, making friends of all with whom she associated. During her many years of residence in this place she made a host of friends who will kindly remember her as one of the most patient, and amiable of women, faithful in all the relationships of life, and best appreciated by those who knew her best. Though a partial invalid for many years she bore all without complaint or murmuring.

Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon in the Presbyterian church where as a child she had attended Sunday School and in latter years where she attended divine worship. A large concourse of people gathered at the depot to meet the mourning family and express their sympathy for them in their great bereavement. The attendance at the funeral was far beyond the capacity of the church to accommodate. The entire community was greatly shocked and deeply grieved at her sudden death while in the prime of life. On every hand there was the most sincere sorrow and the kindest sympathy for the afflicted family as they joined them in the last sad rites of their beloved one. Caledonia Argus, 15 December 1894
Thursday forenoon the sad news of the death of Mrs. W. H. Harries at her home in St. Paul came with a great shock to this community from which she bad so recently removed and where she had a large circle of friends and acquaintances many of whom had known her from childhood.

Capt. Harries was at Washington on business connected with the revenue service at the time of her sad and sudden death. The message announcing the sorrowful event contained no particulars. The editor a relative of the deceased, took his departure on the first train for St. Paul after the news was received. An obituary notice giving a sketch of her life will appear in next issue. Caledonia Argus, 8 December 1894
Mrs. Hattie Harries, wife of W. H. Harries, U. S. Revenue Collector of this district, died on Thursday morning of heart disease. Her death was without warning and is a severe shock to her family and host of friends. Irish Standard Newspaper, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 8 December 1894.

Biography by Tom Brocher
Hattie was born at St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota 25 September 1860; died there at her home at 259 Mackubin Street 6 December 1894, aged 34 years, of apoplexy; was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, Houston Co., Minnesota [Her Obituary, Caledonia Argus; g.s.; Civil War Pension file 151573].

Of Hattie's life itself we know comparatively little. Aged 6 weeks she removed with her family to Caledonia, Houston Co., Minnesota where she was raised [1880 U.S. Census, p. 356]. She was reported 20 minutes late to class in 1871 at Caledonia Public School [Houston Co. Journal, 11 July 1871]. She was a member of the second graduating class, 1878, of the Caledonia Academy. She resided with her parents at Caledonia in 1880 [1880 U.S. Census].

At age 21, Hattie married at Decorah, Winneshiek Co., Iowa, 20 July 1882, William Henry HARRIES, widower of her sister, Anstis L. [CW Pension File 151573].

William Henry Harries - Civil War Vet, Lawyer, Congressman
William Henry was a prominent Civil War veteran, businessman, and civic leader in Caledonia and in Houston County, and for many years was attorney for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway [His Obituary, "Ex-Congressman Harries", New York Times, 25 July 1921, 13:5; His Memorial, GAR].

William Henry represented the First Congressional District of Minnesota in the 52nd Congress, March 1891 - March 1893; appointed by President Cleveland as Collector of Internal Revenue for Minnesota 1894-1898 [1885 Minnesota State Census, Caledonia, p. 1; 1895 Minnesota State Census, Caledonia, p. 2, both on microfilm]. He maintained his law practice, and had an office over Belden's Drug Store at Caledonia [Caledonia Journal, 15 July 1891]. He entered into a partnership with Mr. DUXBURY of Preston in the fall of 1891 [Caledonia Journal, 14 Oct. 1891].

Hattie and William removed to St. Paul from Caledonia about 6 weeks prior to her death. At the time of her death, William was conducting business concerning his duties as internal revenue collector at Washington, D.C. [Her Obituary].

After Hattie's death, William H. made his home in Minneapolis, with his daughter Beatrice. On 6 November 1899, he was made treasurer of the Evergreen Cemetery Association [Houston Co. Deeds, No. 11845]. In 1901 he was appointed a trustee of the Minnesota Soldier's Home in Minneapolis; in 1907 he became secretary of the board; and from 1912-1918 served as the Commandant of the Home. On 27 August 1903, he became a Director of the Belden-Fullerton-Rhines Medical Co. of Caledonia, Minnesota [Art. of Incorp., Houston Co. Bk. 1, p. 197-9]. By late 1905 he was a member of the Harries & Dorival law firm, petitioners for probate [Caledonia Argus?, 17 Nov. 1905]. From 1919-1920 he resided at 2313 Girard av. W, Minneapolis. At the time of his death his address was 2882 Humbolt Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota [Minneapolis Dir., 1921].

He died suddenly in the evening of Saturday, 23 July 1921 at Seattle, King County, Washington, while on a short visit with his son, Paul W. [His Obituary, New York Times, 25 July 1921; Civil War Pension File 151573].




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 82359767
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hattie Hadley Dunbar Harries (25 Sep 1860–6 Dec 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82359767, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Tom Brocher (contributor 47674416) .