Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

George Henry Harris

George and Flora Harris






George Henry Harris was born on May 17, 1877 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan to John and Polina Ingraham Harris. He married Flora Waldvogal on December 25, 1902 in Lakefield Township by Justice Joseph Webb. Flora was born May 12, 1884 in Toledo, Ohio to Jacob and Elizabeth Beamer Waldvogal.



John Harris, far right, with his cousins Lester and Arnold Harris

George and Flora had the following children:

  1. John Jacob Harris was born September 18, 1904 in Lakefield Township. John Jacob married Etta A. Tester on June 29, 1929.

  2. Son Harris was born and died September 2, 1907 in Lakefield Township

  3. Son Harris was born and died March 13, 1915 in Lakefield Township.


George purchased a 40 acre farm in Section 24 on the Southwest corner of Steel and Lakefield Roads. George was a farmer his entire life, but for two years he worked in the lumber camps of Mancelona and L'Anse, Michigan. George was also elected as Lakefield Township Highway Overseer in 1926 and 1928. The job consisted of grading the township roads with a team of horses. He also had a gravel pit and his gravel was used when the township restructured its' roads. He was also elected as Lakefield Township Constable in 1935. George registered to vote on April 4, 1903 and Flora was one of the first ladies in Lakefield Township to register to vote on March 27, 1920. Flora also belonged to the Lakefield Ladies Society.


George died on December 30, 1961 and Flora died on May 30, 1966. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: nephew, Lester Harris genealogy; marriage record of George and Flora Harris, Lakefield Township death records of Harris' sons; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; the book, “Lest We Forget” by Myron F. Gulick

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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