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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.


     JOHN FRANKLIN HARRIS, M. D., who is proprietor of the drug store in Hartline is also at the head of a large practice of medicine in and around the same town.  His equipment for this profession is as good as money can buy and his library is as fine as there is in eastern Washington.  Dr. Harris has met with excellent success in his profession, owing to his skill and erudition as a physician.  His standing in the community is of the best and the confidence inspired by his uprightness and ability is widespread.
     J. F. Harris was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, on April 1, 1853, being the son of John Q. and Emmeline (Shelton) Harris, natives of Indiana and Ohio, respectively.  The parents were pioneers to Iowa and the father was a member of the Second Missouri State Militia and also served three years and four months during the war of the Rebellion.  Our subject received his literary training in Missouri and then entered the American Medical College in St. Louis, graduating in 1882 and being one of four to receive honorable mention out of a large class.  Immediately subsequent to receiving his degree, he began the practice of medicine in Mercerville, Missouri.  One year later, he went to Goldsberry of the same state.  In 1890, Dr. Harris sought larger fields in the west and came to Washington.  For three years he practiced at Medical Lake, then went to Harrington.  Later, we find him in Northport, Stevens county, where he followed his profession for five years.  He was a member of the first city council of that town and the second mayor elected.  In 1901, Dr. Harris came to Hartline, opened a drug store and began the practice of medicine.  Since that time, he has been closely identified with the interests of the town and gained in addition to a large practice, an excellent patronage in his store.  He has also been a foremost man in every effort and movement to build up the country.  His store is well stocked with a choice selection of drugs and sudries and is a first class establishment.  Dr. Harris is now coroner of Douglas county, having been elected on the Republican ticket against P. J. Fresinger, of Waterville.  Our subject is one of five children, the other four being mentioned as follows, James W., Mrs. Laura Boyles, Mrs. William Easley, and Mrs. William Wright.
     At Macon, Missouri, in 1872, Dr. Harris married Mary B., the daughter of William and Matilda (Gunnells) Griffin, natives of Kentucky.  To this union the following children were born, Wilbur A., Oma E., E. Verna, who died at Harrington, Lucretia, who died when an infant, and Otha W.  The latter was born in Washington and the other four first saw the light in Missouri.  Dr. Harris is a prominent man in fraternal circles, being a member of the A. F. & A. M., of the I. O. O. F., having passed all the chairs in this latter order, the Maccabees, the W. W., and the Foresters.
     He is a substantial, progressive and leading man, and has won the esteem and confidence of all, being known as one of the influential men of the county.
 
 

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