Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JESSE R. HARRIS, of Harris Brothers,
a Ritzville livery firm, was born in Wisconsin, February 26, 1869, son
of Jared M. Harris, a sketch of whose life is printed elsewhere in this
During his first year of life Jesse R. Harris'
parents moved with their family to Canton, South Dakota, where the principal
part of our subject's life was spent prior to his coming to Ritzville in
1880. While there he attended the district school, thus receiving
a good working education, and in 1877 the family crossed the plains with
teams to Walla Walla, where they remained until the fall of 1880.
During this time Jesse spent some time in the Walla Walla schools, and
after coming to Adams county, he engaged with his father and brother in
the cattle and horse raising business. In 1892 they disposed of the
principal part of their stock, and Jesse took the position of foreman on
the well known "J. S." horse ranch of A. L. Davis on Crab creek, in which
capacity he was employed for six years when he came to Ritzville and engaged
in his present business with his brother, Claude A., whose life is sketched
on other pages of this volume.
Mr. Harris was married at Ritzville, February
3, 1895, to Alice E. Bailey, born in Wisconsin, daughter of Harry and Rose
(Davis) Bailey, both now living in Wisconsin. Mrs. Harris has three
brothers, James, Galusha A. and Burt. To this union have been born
two children, Virgil and Jared.
Jesse R. Harris is a member of Prairie Queen
lodge, Ritzville, Knights of Pythias, and affiliates with the Republican
party, though he is by no means an active party man.