William Peterson Harris

23 June 1917–11 July 2003 (Age 86)
Suplee, Crook, Oregon, United States

The Life of William Peterson

When William Peterson Harris was born on 23 June 1917, in Suplee, Crook, Oregon, United States, his father, William Aaron Harris, was 31 and his mother, Anna Sophia Jensen, was 30. He married Elene Virginia Bainbridge on 25 May 1939, in Payette, Payette, Idaho, United States. He lived in Mountain View, Jackson, Oregon, United States in 1920. He died on 11 July 2003, in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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William Peterson Harris
Elene Virginia Bainbridge
Marriage: 25 May 1939

Spouse and Children

25 May 1939
Payette, Payette, Idaho, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Helen Kathryn Harris



    Nellie Margueritte Harris


World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1918 · Spanish Flu Kills Thousands in Oregon

Age 1

The “Spanish Flu,” or the influenza pandemic, claimed the lives of over 50 million across the globe, 450,000 across the U.S., and thousands in Oregon during the years 1918 to 1919.

Age 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English and Welsh (very common in southern England and South Wales): patronymic from the medieval English personal name Harry , pet form of Henry .2 This name is also well established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. In some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, both Harris and Harrison can be Anglicized forms of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha.3 Greek: reduced form of the Greek personal name Kharalambos, composed of the elements khara ‘joy’ + lambein ‘to shine’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • W Pete Harris in household of William H Harris, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Peterson W Harris in household of William A Harris, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Pete Harris, "Idaho, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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