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Henry Archibald Harris

Henry Archibald Harris

Male 1885 - 1960  (75 years)

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  • Name Henry Archibald Harris  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 26 Apr 1885  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Hospitality - Hotel manager 
    Occupation Professional - Accountant and tax expert 
    Died 17 Jul 1960  Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I553  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2013 

    Father Henry C. Harris,   b. 1854, Oneida Cnty, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1891, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Mary Ellen Snouffer,   b. 10 Oct 1856, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1898, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 2 Apr 1884  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F181  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Beatrice Thornton,   b. Dec 1883, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1964, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1909  Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Clark Wilfred Harris,   b. 16 Mar 1915, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 2000, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F674  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Henry Archibald Harris, Jr.
    Henry Archibald Harris, Jr.
    Photo from J. J. Snouffer Scrapbook, p. 32
    (edited by Wm. C. Snouffer)

  • Notes 
    • According to PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF LINN COUNTY, IOWA, p. 645 (Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL: 1887):
      "Archibald's grandfather J.J. Snouffer was the father of "Mary, Mrs. Harris, [who] is a resident of New Mexico, and [who] has one son, Archibald;...."

      The 1900 census lists "Harris, Archie," as a 14 year old boy, born April 1886, living with his grandparents Joshua J and Ann J Snouffer, and his aunt Virginia and a family servant. 1900 U.S. Census, 1st Ward, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 623, Roll 444, stamped p. 10).

      The 1905 Iowa State Census lists "Josh J.," "Anna J.," and Virginia Snouffer living at 112 S. 5th Street. Grandson "Archibald" Harris lived next door at 108 S. 5th Street. 1905 Iowa State Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (Roll IA-96; lines 114-227).

      In 1910 the census records "Harris, Henry A" and his wife Beatrice, 26, living together with Beatrice's mother Eliza Thornton, a 67-yr old widow. Henry's age is not listed. An interesting fact is that Henry did not know the state where his father was born. Beatrice is listed as born in Illinois; her mother, in England. Henry's occupation appears to be (the handwriting is difficult) as a "Manager, Building Const Co." 1910 U.S. Census, 7th Ward, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (T 624, Roll 247, stamped p. 82B).

      The Book of Chicagoans, p. 304 (Chicago, IL: A. N. Marquis & Co.: 1917), contains this short biographical sketch:
      "Harris, Henry Archibald, certified public accountant; b. Cedar Rapids, Ia., Apr. 26, 1885; s. of Henry and Mary Ellen (Snouffer) Harris; ed. grammar and high schs., Cedar Rapids; student Armour Inst. Tech., 1 yr.; m. Beatrice Thornton, of Chicago, Apr. 14, 1909; 1 son, Clark Wilfred. Engaged as accountant since 1905; connected with the Nat. Regulator Co., engrs., mfrs. and contractors, since 1907, sec.-treas. since 1909. Mem. Am. Soc. Heating and Ventilating Engrs., Ind. Assn. Certified Pub. Accountants. Episcopalian. Mason. Club: Hamilton. Contbr. many tech. accounting and organization articles and serials pub. in 'System' and other mags. Home: 4915 Forrestville Av. Office: 208 S. Jefferson St. "

      The 1920 census records "Harris, H. A., " 35 years old, born in Iowa, working as a "tax expert" in "Gov't," living with his wife Beatrice, 35, born in Illinois, and son Clark, 4 1/2, also born in Illinois. 1920 U.S. Census, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (T 625, Roll 316, stamped p. 21).

      The Republican and Times [Cedar Rapids, IA], p. 6 (21 Jan 1922), reported:
      "Archie Harris to Make Address Here on 'Federal Taxation.'
      "Mrs. Clyde B. McClelland and Mrs. Frances A. Benjamin have just received a letter from their nephew 'Archie' Harris, that he and his family will be with them over the weekend. He is coming to make a speech on federal taxation on Monday, Jan. 23, before the Rotary club here.
      "Many will remember the time some years ago when 'Archie' Harris left Cedar Rapids, insistent on seeking his fortune in the outer world. ... [H]e has climbed to the top of the ladder of his profession and now stands out as an almost unrivaled authority on federal taxation and one of the leading Chicago accountants.
      " *** Since leaving Cedar Rapids, Mr. Harris has had extensive experience and training in engineering and accounting lines. He has done considerable writing and is an author of ability.
      "He spent some time in the international revenue bureau of the treasury department at Washington and Chicago where he made a specialized study of the income tax.
      " *** The company of which Mr. Harris is head, Archibald Harris & Co., certified public accountants -- with general offices at Chicago -- is one of the largest accounting organizations in Chicago, and one of the largest, if not the largest, tax organization in the United States.
      " *** Mr. Harris is married and has a 7 year old son. He is the grandson of Joshua and Ann Snouffer, who were pioneers of Cedar Rapids, and prominent in the civic life of the city. *** "

      In March, 1923, Archie was issued U.S. Patent # 1449041 for improvements to a "Valuation Register," designed to calculate the valuation of tangible and intangible property at intermediate times between an acquisition date and the valuation date.
    • Sometime before 1930, Henry and Beatrice divorced. The 1930 census for Illinois lists "Harriss, Beatrice," 45, born in Illinois of English parents, and lists her as still married. She was living with her son "Harriss, Clarke," 15, also born in Illinois. 1930 U.S. Census, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (T 626, Roll 426, stamped p. 82).

      The 1930 does list Henry A. Harris, 45, born in Iowa and divorced, working as the manager of a small hotel on Imperial Ave. in El Centro, CA. Mary E. Jerome, 44, was an employee in the hotel and worked as a "hostess." Also living in the hotel was a married couple, two women who probably were sisters (one of whom worked for the Red Cross), and one gentleman who was a "special agent." 1930 U.S. Census, El Centro City, Imperial Cnty, CA (T 626, Roll 119, stamped p. 160).

      The California Death Index records that Henry A. Harris was born 26 Apr 1885 and died 17 Jul 1960 in Los Angeles Cnty, CA. It states that is mother's maiden name was "Snauffer."


  • Sources 
    1. [S390] IL Census 1910, Chicago|, Illinois, Cook Cnty, Chicago, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T624, Roll 247, p. 82B).

    2. [S684] Chicago City Directory 1917, Anonymous, The Book of Chicagoans, (A. N. Marquis & Co.; Chcago, IL : 1917), p. 304.

    3. [S228] Death Notice|, Death Notice, (Chicago Tribune, 3 Nov 1964).

    4. [S77] Linn County Portraits|, Anonymous, Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa, (Chicago, IL; Chapman Bros.: 1887), p. 645.

    5. [S496] IA Census 1900, CR, 1-WD, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 1st Ward, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 444, p. 10).

    6. [S544] CA Death Index, 1940-1997|, California, California Death Index, 1940-1997, (Calif. Dep't of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, 304 S St., Sacramento, CA 94244; online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180).

    7. [S68] Gervaise|, Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, "Snouffer2.ftw" and subsequent Email reports to Wm. C. Snouffer, (Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, Email: ten8ious@msn.com).