Benjamin T. Harris grave marker
The grave marker of Benjamin T. Harris, who died at age 36 as the result of a spinal injury. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on March 2, 1891, in the Evening Capital Journal, Salem, Page 5, Column 3.


HARRIS.—Benjamin T. Harris, aged 37 years, at Philomath, Or., March 1, 1891, after an illness of one month, from spinal injury.

Deceased was the oldest son of Mr. Wm. Harris of Salem, who was first informed of his son’s death this morning. The mother and two sisters went to his bedside Saturday, while Geo. Harris went this morning. A lady on this morning’s train was first to bring the news to this city. The funeral took place to-day at 1 p.m. The young man was agent for the Oregon Pacific Railway at that place, and was a highly respected citizen. He leaves a wife and his people at Salem who deeply mourn his death.

Published as it appeared on March 6, 1891, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 4, Column 2.


B.T. Harris  was born in Lane county, Oregon, April 9, 1854, and died in Philomath, Benton county, Oregon, February 28, 1891, aged 36 years, 10 months and 19 days.

He embraced religion, and joined the M.E. Church at the age of 18. He remained a devoted and consistent member of the church of his choice until death. He was united in marriage with Miss Martha Allen, November 12, 1876. Most of his active life was spent in Philomath, where he was greatly respected for many noble qualities. He departed in great peace, leaving a host of friends to mourn his departure. He will be sadly missed in this part of the county where he is best known as every good work felt the touch of his hand.