Abigal Jeanetta Miller "Abbie" was born 12 May 1891 in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. She died 26 October 1981 in West Branch, Michigan and was buried in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lakefield Township, Merrill, Michigan.
Abbie married Calvin Francis Harris, son of John E. Harris and Polina Ingraham, on 17 June 1907 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merrill, Michigan. Their witnesses for their marriage were Peter Ryan and Grace Doyle. Calvin was born 5 June 1881 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. He died 17 February 1941 in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lakefield Township, Merrill, Michigan.
Abbie and Calvin had the following children:
1. Arnold Sydney Harris was born 20 January 1909 and died 28 October 1980.
2. Leonard J. Harris was born 25 January 1911 and died 6 June 1912.
3. John Lester Harris was born 10 November 1913
Calvin and Abigail purchased a forty acre tract of land in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County. At that time, shortly after 1909, it was still a wilderness. They cleared enough land to
set a house moved from Lafayette Township. The house was originally part of John E. Harris's home. About a year later, they built a small barn. Calvin farmed summers and for several
years, went through the country with a buzz saw and a one-cylinder gasoline engine mounted on a wagon and buzzed stove wood for hire. In later years (around 1927), he purchased a used Model T Ford
dump truck (one of the first to come into Lakefield Township) with which he hauled gravel for road building. Calvin had asthma for many years and died February 27, 1941. According to the
Robert Rigg Family Reunion Book, Calvin Harris died on February 17th at the age of 59 years and 8 months old.
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Abbie also married Clay W. Shaw on 28 November 1953 in West Branch, Michigan. Clay was born 1 August 1879 in Tuscola County, Michigan. He died December 1959 in Wheeler Township, Gratiot County, Michigan and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Vassar, Michigan.
Abigail had lived in Merrill, Michigan for about 65 years while married to Calvin Harris and raising two of her three sons; her second son died at the age of 3 years old. After Calvin passed away in 1941, Abigail married Clay Shaw, also a widower, in 1953. Abigail and Clay Shaw built a home at Clear Lake, North of West Branch, Michigan. There she lived 25 years before her death at the age of 90 years.
Arnold Sydney Harris was born 20 January 1909 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. He died 28 October 1980 in Little Traverse Hospital, Petoskey, Michigan and was buried in Damon Cemetery, Ogemau County, Michigan.
Arnold married Ruth Lucille Arnold on 12 May 1931 in Ithaca, Michigan. Ruth was born 7 April 1913 in Bethany Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.
Arnold and Ruth had the following children:
1. Delaphine Lucille Harris
2. Naomi Ruth Harris
3. Janice Marie Haris
4. Larry Calvin Harris
5. Phyllis Kay Harris
6. Dennis Arnold
Arnold Sydney Harris, the oldest son of Calvin and Abigail Harris, attended school through the eighth grade. He trapped during the winter months after getting out of school, purchasing
a forty-acre farm of wildland and fencing it from the proceeds of one season's trapping. It was the S.W. 1/4 of S.W. 1/4 of Section 24 T 11 N R 1 E, Lakefield Twp., Saginaw County,
Michigan. Sometime in the late 1920's he proceeded to build a sawmill. At first it was a bolter mill to saw lumber from small short logs that the average mill would not saw. He
first powered it with a 15 hp. International Tital one cylinder engine mounted on steel trucks. Then in 1930 after his brother Lester graduated, he increased the size of the mill to take
standard size logs, and Lester purchased a one cylinder 25 hp. Fairbanks Morse semi-diesel engine and they went into business together, moving from job to job with the mill, where, they could gather
together twenty thousand board feet of sawlogs. Arnold was a self-taught mechanic and he operated sawmills for over 40 years. The sawmills were usually built by Arnold. Arnold, also built
Scrag Mills and Gang Saws for others. There are several in Michigan. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Information by John Lester Harris
John Lester Harris "Lester" was born 10 November 1913 in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.
Lester married Myrtle Mae Rittenour on 20 April 1936 in Versailles, Indiana. Myrtle was born 24 February 1921 in Gratiot County, Michigan.
Lester and Myrtle had the following children:
1. Jeanetta Mae Harris
2. Loraine Mary Harris
3. Julia Lee Harris
4. John Lester Jr. Harris
Lester Harris played the banjo, accordian, and violin. In his teens he would play for house parties and dance halls. Lester finished school and purchased a 25 H.P. Fairbanks Morse Semi
Diesel Engine and went into business with his brother, Arnold Harris. The brothers ran a portable sawmill for about 10 years, known as, Harris Brothers. Arnold and Lester moved from place to place,
wherever there were enough logs gathered together to total 20,000 board feet. Arnold and Lester dissolved the partnership in 1941 and Lester ran a sawmill on his own until October of
1947. Lester sold the mill and moved to Harrison, Michigan. He built and ran the Long Lake Cabinet Shop for 25 years.
information by John Lester Harris
Abigal Miller family information and photo's by Pphyllis Mayhew, Naomi Parsell, Jeanetta Harris, The Harris Genealogy book written by Arnold Harris, and John Harris.