Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday's Child - Herbert Marshall Harrison

Herbert Marshall Harrison 1920-1923

Herbert Marshall Harrison was the ninth of ten children born to Marion and Elsie (Martin) Harrison. He was born at 9:30 a.m. on February 25, 1920 on a farm in rural Morgan Township, near Byrneville, Harrison County, Indiana.

According to the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, the household in which he was born was a busy one with seven other children living at home.

On the evening of Wednesday, May 9th, 1923 while his mother was preparing beans to cook for supper, he took a handful. She took them away from him thinking she had them all, but Herbert held one between his fingers, put it in his mouth and sucked it into his windpipe. Although efforts were made to dislodge the bean, none were successful. His father, Marion took him the almost 18 miles to St. Edward's Hospital in New Albany. Doctors there were not able to remove the bean and Herbert died the next morning, Thursday May 10th, at 9 a.m.

The funeral was held at the house on Friday, May 11th. Due to inclement weather, the burial in Byrneville Cemetery was postponed until Saturday morning.

Herbert Marshall Harrison was 3 years, 2 months, 15 days old.

On Wednesday, May 23 in the Corydon Democrat Newspaper the following was written:

In Loving Remembrance.

Of Herbert Marshall Harrison who departed this life May 10. 1923.

How we miss you dearest loved one,
And there is an empty space,
In our hearts there is no other,
Who can ever take your place.

We miss your voice we miss your face
Your bright and happy smile,
But oh, the joy to know we'll meet
In heaven after while.

All is dark within our home,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one we loved so dearly,
Has forever passed away.


(Herbert Marshall Harrison - Lisa's Maternal Grand-Uncle.)


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