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William H. Harris, master mechanic of the Iron Mountain Railway Shops,
De Soto, is a native of Auburn, N. Y., and was born February 25, 1838.
His father, Daniel Harris, was a native of the same place and died in
1839.  William H. Harris was educated in his native city, and when 
nineteen years of age learned the machinist's trade in Toronto, Canada
in the shops of the Northern Railroad Company, where he was employed 
six years.  He then returned to Oswego, N. Y., and worked in the shops
of the Rome & Water Cross Railroad as master mechanic about six years.
He located in De Soto in 1880, accepting at that time his present 
position.  He has charge of the locomotive department, and over thirty
engines leave the shops daily.  These railroad shops were established
in De Soto in 1876.  January 9, 1866, Mr. Harris married Eliza Paine,
daughter of Edmond Paine, of St. Louis.  Two children have blessed this 
union, May and Roswell.  Mr. Harris is a member of the Masonic
fraternity, holding membership in the lodge of Oswego, N. Y.  Mrs.
Harris is a member of the Episcopal Church.