Melvin Lee Harrison
- Born: 9 Aug 1867, Story City, Story County, Iowa
- Marriage: Lucy Susan Gunn on 4 Feb 1903 in Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas
- Died: 9 Nov 1947, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas at age 80
- Buried: Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1910, Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend Township, Image 14 of 24. Age 42 yrs., married 7 yrs, farmer, general farm.
• Census, 1920, Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend Township, Image 19 of 32. Age 52 yrs., farmer, general farm.
• Census, 1925, Kansas State Census Collection, Barton County, Great Bend Township, Image 74 of 313. Age 57 yrs.
• Census, 1930, Kansas, Barton County, Great Bend Township, Great Bend City, District 15, Image 19 of 42. Age 62 yrs., widow, age of first marriage 34 yrs., farm laborer, general farm.
• Obituary, 10 Nov 1947, Great Bend Tribune. Mel Harrison, 80, Dies Unexpectedly at St. Rose
Mel Harrison, a resident of Great Bend and community for 62 years died unexpectedly early yesterday morning at St. Rose hospital where he had been taken a few hours previously following a heart attack at 9 pm Saturday at his home, 2703 Forest. He was 80 years and three months of age.
The funeral service will be held at 2 pm Wednesday from the Congregational church under the direction of the Cook and Weber Funeral Home Rev. John Page, pastor of the Presbyterian church will officiate.
Stroke in 1943
Despite his advanced age and the fact that he suffered a stroke of paralysis in March of 1943, he directed the operation of his farms south and west of Great Bend and had supervised all business transactions involving them. After regaining his strength, following his illness in 1943, Mr. Harrison was able to make virtually daily trips to the business district of Great Bend and to inspect his farms with the aid of his daughter, Miss May Harrison, who drove his motor car. He had a wide acquintance and enjoyed conversing with friends. He and his daughter were up town Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Harrison came to Barton county in 1885 from Nevada, IA at the age of 18. He taught in the rural schools and also in the public schools at Hoisington and had served the county as county superintendent. At the turn of the century he became interested in farming and followed this vocation the remainder of his life.
He married Lucy Gunn, a daughter of the late Levi Gunn, in 1903 and four years later the family moved from a farm south of the river to Great Bend which has since been the home. The death of Mrs. Harrison occurred in 1927.
Surviving him are five daughters. Miss May Harrison, who resided with her father at the home on Forest Ave; Mrs. Glen (Marian) Aldrich, 1219 Stone; Miss Helen Harrison, who teaches music in the schools at Dallas; Mrs. R. F. (Florence) Hutchings of San Diego, CA and Mrs. Arch (Wilma) Booth of Washington D.C.; six grandchildren; Joan, Bob and Donald Booth, Jimmy and Susan Aldrich, and Cindy Hutchings and two sisters Mrs. W.W. Finney of Nevada, IA and Mrs. John Thomas of Atchison.
Mr. Harrison was a stalwart and kindly man, wise conservative and fair in his business dealings and a good and loving father. In his younger years, he was actively identified with the civic affairs of the town and county and contributed greatly to the development of this section of Kansas. Having taught school and served the county as superintendent of public instruction, he was always a friend to education and the betterment of these facilities. Friend or opponent found him a hard but straightfighter for what he believed was right.
Melvin married Lucy Susan Gunn, daughter of Francis Levi Gunn and Sarah Cornelia Lewis, on 4 Feb 1903 in Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas. (Lucy Susan Gunn was born on 1 Jun 1872 in La Salle County, Ilinois, died on 1 Sep 1927 in Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas and was buried in Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas.)