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H. C. Harris

Fort Valley, Ga., --(Special)-- Gloom and sadness overspread the today at noon, when the bells tolled announcing the of Mr. H. C. Harris, the leading capitalist and most enterprising citizen of Fort Valley. For some months Mr. Harris has been in bad health, but not until the past few days did his friends and relatives realize that he would not recover. Mr. Harris was the owner of the Dow-Low bank, of this place, for years the only bank in Houston County. He was the owner of the fine hotel, the Harris house and was by far, the largest property owner in the town, having built in the past two years more brick houses than all other men in the town put together. He was largely instrumental in building the Atlanta and Florida railroad from this place to Atlanta, and was moving spirit in several other enterprises that were greatly beneficial to this section of Georgia. Mr. Harris was a prominent Mason, a devout Christian and as a business man and philanthropic citizen, he was the equal of any man in Georgia. His devoted wife preceded him to the grave several years. He leaves a number of children and near relatives. He was about fifty-one years old.

Source: The Atlanta Constitution, March 13, 1894

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