Family of John Adams Harris & Emerite Magdalene Derbes
John Adams Harris was born 5 September 1859 in New Orleans, Louisiana and died 25 February 1939 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California. Burial was 27 February 1939 at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Palo Alto, California. Link to Photo.
First wife May Crumhorn was born 25 September 1862 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and died 30 June 1893 at 939 Constance Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (eclampsia). Burial was 1 July 1893 in Lafayette Cemetery #1, Harris Family Tomb. They were married 2 August 1887 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1- Erastus Horton Harris b: 15 April 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 3 August 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana (suicide); burial: Lafayette Cemetery #1, Harris Family Tomb
Notes for Erastus Horton Harris:
- 4 July 1913- Times Picayune - A Spider's Bite : E.H. Harris, 23 years old, of No. 1400 Magnolia Street, was bitten in the eye by a huge spider while he was asleep early yesterday morning. Awakened by the pain in his eye, Harris arose and took steps to ascertain the cause of the injury. On his pillow he discerned a large house spider, which he killed. The spider was as large as a silver dollar. Harris' eye became so swollen that he could not see out of it, and he went to Charity Hospital, where the injury was dressed. While the spider was one of the poisonous kind, it was not of the species whose bite proves fatal.
- 5 August 1914 - Times Picayune - E. Horton Harris fires bullet into his brain - Promising career of well-known young Orleanian brought to end - suicide shocks all his friends - E. Horton Harris, secretary to Congressman H. Garland Dupre, a law student at Georgetown University in the national capital, and formerly a brilliant young newspaper man of this city, shot himself to death in the private law office of Mr. Dupre, in the Hennen Building Annex in Common street, Monday night. The hour of his death is not definitely known. Mr. Harris has been at home from Washington several weeks, and his friends had not seen anything in his manner indicating despondency. On the contrary he seemed to be cheerful and jolly. The body of Mr. Harris was found by the negro janitor of the building at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday morning when he opened the office. It was resting in a large leather reclining chair, and a .38-caliber revolver was in his lap. The porter notified the police and the coroner was called. It was found that the bullet had passed entirely through Mr. Harris' head, after entering on the right side. The twisted piece of lead was found on the floor. - Heard Pistol Shot - Mr. Harris was at the office just before closing time in the evening Monday, and after joking with Mr. Echezabal, an attorney having offices in the suite, and others, asked that the office be left unlocked at night, as he wanted to do some work and did not have a key. He said he expected Mr. Dupre. Mr. Echezabal, rather than leave the door unlocked, gave his key to Mr. Harris. Men of an office on the upper floor said that about 9:30 o'clock Tuesday night they heard what sounded like a pistol shot below, but believed it might have been the popping of an automobile tire. No note nor anything to indicate why the young man committed suicide was found. It was said by the family that he was engaged to be married to a lovely young woman in this city. His father is John A. Harris of the United States revenue office in the Custom House, and for twenty years or more engaged in the cotton business on the river front and as a deputy port commissioner. The father said he was entirely bewildered as to any reason why Horton should have shot himself. He had not noticed any indication that he was not in good spirits. Horton Harris was twenty-four years of age. He was born in New Orleans, and after finishing the High School course in the public schools he was appointed by Mayor Behrman to a scholarship in Tulane University. He was a reporter on the local staff of The Times-Democrat, and later in charge of the sporting page. While thus engaged he was appointed, about eighteen months ago, private secretary to Mr. Dupre, in which capacity he was serving at the time of his death. Mr. Dupre said the young man was remarkably efficient, and that he regarded him almost as one of his family. Mr. Dupre's mother and sister, who were with him at Washington, also regarded the young man highly, and left their home at Opelousas Tuesday to come to the city as soon as they heard of the sad event. - Had Many Friends - Mr. Harris was very popular, both in New Orleans and Washington. Col. John P. Sullivan said Tuesday he regarded him as one of the most promising young men in the city. When he was a newspaper reporter every one had confidence in him, and he had a faculty of making friends that was remarkable. Col. Sullivan said that if he had lived and entered public life, as he no doubt would have done, the possibilities of his advancement were unlimited. Similar comments were made by many others who knew him. The young man's father was almost overcome with grief at the death of his oldest son. He has been married twice and Horton was the only child by the first marriage. By the second marriage there are two sons, Earl and Ashton, and a daughter, Miss Hazel Harris. Last year Ashton Harris was attacked by two negroes while in State street with a companion, and his throat was cut. He recovered after lingering near death for some time. The family home is at 6026 Perrier street, but the members of the family were spending the summer near Biloxi, on the Gulf coast. Mr. Harris' remains were taken to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Sarah E. Crumhorn, 1434 Constance street, from which place the funeral will be held. -- Mourned in Washington -- Young secretary's Death Regretted in Many Circles at Capital - Staff Special to The Times-Picayune -- Washington, Aug. 4 -- Deep sorrow as a result of the death of Horton Harris was not limited to-day in the Louisiana delegation. In the office building of the House of Representatives where Mr. Harris spent most of his time in the active discharge of his duties as the secretary of Representative Dupre, he was well known. He was very popular and had the reputation of being one of the quickest witted employees on his floor. He was also well known in the offices of the Public Health Service, where expressions of regret were general.
2- Beverly Crumhorn Harris b: 29 June 1893 in New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 25 August 1894 New Orleans, Louisiana
Second wife Emerite Magdalene Derbes was born 28 May 1859 at 64 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, and died 7 December 1950 in Oakland, Alameda, California. Burial was in Palo Alto, California. They married 27 December 1894 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Link to Photo.
1- Earle Palmer Harris b: 21 September 1895 in a house on the corner of Constance & Soniat Streets, New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 8 March 1985 in Mercy Hospital, San Diego, San Diego, California.
+Ethlyn Johnson Richardson b: 9 May 1896 at 919 Erato Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; m: 1 August 1916 in New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 24 January 1986 at 5000 Congress Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana; burial: 27 January 1986 Lafayette Cemetery #1, Johnson Family Tomb. (divorced)
*2nd Wife of Earle Palmer Harris:
+Madelyn Ware b: 3 July 1894 in California; m: 29 September 1928 in California; d: April 1989 in San Diego, San Diego, California.
2- Hazel Adelaide Harris b: 4 November 1896 in New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 1 February 1984 in Walnut Creek, Tuolumne, California
+John Harrison Gihon b: 28 March 1898 in Pennsylvania; m: Abt. 1917; d: 12 November 1959 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
*2nd Husband of Hazel Adelaide Harris:
+Frank Mansfield b: Abt. 1893 Texas; m: Abt. 1922; d: Aft. 1940
Notes for Hazel Adelaide Harris:
- 1920 New Orleans, 1118 Amelia Street (ED 210, pp. 12 A/B): Harrison Gihon 24 (roomer) mgr of Felorn? Co., wife Hazel 22, Jacquelyn 2.
- 1930 San Francisco, San Francisco, California (ED238, p. 10A): Frank Mansfield 36 (TX-KY-KY) [house value $8000], newspaper writer, wife Hazel 34 (LA-LA-LA), Jacqueline 12 (LA), Frank B. 3 yr. 11 mos., John A. Harris 70 (LA-NH-Quebec, English Canada) father-in-law, wife Emerita Harris 70 (LA-FR-LA) mother-in-law
3- John Ashton Harris b: 8 September 1898 in New Orleans, Louisiana; d: 8 January 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana; burial: Lafayette Cemetery #1, Walter Family Tomb
+Henrietta Madeline Walter b: 13 April 1896 in New Orleans, Louisiana; m: 15 January 1917 in Jefferson, Louisiana; d: 14 November 1989 in New Orleans, Louisiana; burial: Lafayette Cemetery #1, Walter Family Tomb
Notes for John Ashton Harris:
- 1940 New Orleans (36-360, p. 1a): John Harris 40 owner/cleaning establishment, wife Henrietta 38 clerk/cleaning establishment, Audrey 21 stenographer/university, father-in-law Charles F. Walter 73 (widower) laborer/cleaning establishment, sister-in-law Albertina Walter 30 clerk/cleaning establishment [1034 Robert Street]
- Death notice clipping in Harris family bible: "HARRIS- On Monday, Jan 8, 1968, at 5:15 o'clock a.m., JOHN ASHTON HARRIS, husband of Henrietta W. Walter, father of Audrey H. Silbernagel, brother of Hazel Mansfield and Earl Harris, also survived by 2 grandchildren. Relatives and friends of the family, also employees of Comus Cleaners and L & L Cleaners, are invited to attend the funeral. Services from the House of Bultman, St Charles Avenue at Louisiana Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1968 at 3 o'clock p.m. Interment Lafayette Cemetery No. 1."
- 1920 New Orleans, 515 Audubon Street (ED 246, W14, p. 19A): John A. Harris 61 (LA-KY-CT) deputy collector/custom house, wife Emerita M. 61 (LA-France-LA); boarder Marie Dayrias 32 (LA-France-LA).
- 1930 San Francisco, San Francisco, California (ED238, p. 10A): Frank Mansfield 36 (TX-KY-KY) [house value $8000], newspaper writer, wife Hazel 34 (LA-LA-LA), Jacqueline 12 (LA), Frank B. 3 yr. 11 mos., John A. Harris 70 (LA-NH-Quebec, English Canada) father-in-law, Emerita Harris 70 (LA-FR-LA) mother-in-law
- Obituary, Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA, 15th March 1939, p. 2, c. 7: HARRIS - In San Francisco, Cal., JOHN A. HARRIS, known as Captain Jack Harris, beloved husband of Emerita M. Harris, father of Hazel Harris Mansfield, Earl P. Harris, and J. Ashton Harris of New Orleans, La., aged 79 years, a native of New Orleans, La. Interment took place on February 25, 1939, in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.
- 1940 San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (39-453, p. 4b): Frank B. Mansfield 47 proprietor/retail chromium furniture, wife Hazel H. 43 advertising manager/hotels, Frank B. 14, widowed mother-in-law (Mrs.) John A. Harris 81. [3620 Market Street]
Last updated: 18 August 2013.